Press Release

2021 USTR Notorious Markets List Issued

2021 USTR Notorious Markets List Issued

List Once Again Includes Notorious Pirate Sites that Directly Harm Authors and Publishers

Washington, DC; February 17, 2022 —The Association of American Publishers today welcomed the announcement of the 2021 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).  The Notorious Markets List highlights online and physical markets around the world engaged in large-scale copyright infringement and counterfeiting, bringing harm to U.S. rights holders.

As in prior reports, the 2021 Notorious Markets List issued today includes online sites that make available large volumes of infringing literary works, making them particularly problematic for book and journal publishers.  

“Over the years the Notorious Markets List has proven to be a useful tool for encouraging some market operators – and some law enforcement authorities — to increase their efforts to address infringing activity,” commented Lui Simpson, Senior Vice President for Global Policy at AAP. “AAP is grateful for the work of USTR and the broader interagency team in continuing to expose bad actor sites from around the world that cause significant harm to authors, publishers, and other members of the creative industries.”

The 2021 USTR Notorious Markets Report can be found here.