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CONTACT: Dan Hewitt – dhewitt@theESA.com or 202-223-2400
December 14, 2012 – Washington, DC – The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) yesterday released its list of “Notorious Markets” – online and physical markets recognized as engaging in open and pervasive copyright theft and related violations. The USTR list includes several sites renowned for making infringing copies of Entertainment Software Association (ESA) member titles widely available.
“USTR is shining a bright light on sites involved in flagrant intellectual property violations,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “The countries and sites on this list need to take serious and effective measures to address this mass theft. In the future, we hope to see this list expanded to include private game server sites that are dedicated wholly to infringement.”
ESA previously proposed for inclusion on the list various sites and physical markets most harmful to the game industry, including sites that:
Provide online hosting for or linking to infringing game content;
Sell or distribute devices for playing pirated copies of games;
Facilitate illegal copying of games via BitTorrent networks;
Host unauthorized copies of online games, depriving developers and publishers of opportunities for revenue recoupment; and,
Sell physical pirated games, modified consoles, and game circumvention devices shown to be impervious to enforcement efforts.
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