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2018 USTR Notorious Markets List Includes Problematic Sites Named by Publishers

2018 USTR Notorious Markets List Includes Problematic Sites Named by Publishers

Washington, DC; April 25, 2019 —The Association of American Publishers welcomes the announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) of the 2018 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Report of Notorious Markets. The inclusion of problematic online and physical markets on the list encourages the market operators or responsible authorities in the countries associated with such markets to intensify efforts to combat piracy in their markets. The 2018 Notorious Markets List issued today by USTR includes online sites that continue to pose significant concerns for book and journal publishers.

The Notorious Markets List highlights online and physical markets around the world that harm U.S. businesses by engaging in and facilitating copyright infringement. USTR again listed several of the most egregious online sites identified by U.S. book and journal publishers as having a significant adverse impact on the industry.

“Inclusion on the Notorious Markets List can have a positive impact, and our industry continues to view this process as helpful to addressing piracy in global markets. AAP applauds USTR’s continued efforts in this regard,” said Lui Simpson, Vice President for Global Policy at AAP.

The 2019 USTR Notorious Markets List can be found here.

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