US Releases Official List Of "Notorious" IP Infringers
On Monday, the United States Trade Representative released its official "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets", a list of internet sites which encourage or enable music and other copyright infringement. Clones of AllOfMP3 and Baidu top the list which also Included several sites who say their working aggressively to stop piracy.
The Notorious Infringers List:
- Allofmp3 clones: While the Russia-based allofmp3 (formerly the world’s largest server-based pirate music website) was shut down in 2007, nearly identical sites have taken its place.
- Baidu: Baidu recently ranked as the number one most visited site in China, and among the top ten in the world.
B2B and B2C Business:
- BitTorrent trackers: BitTorrent tracker sites can also be used for the transfer of allegedly infringing material by directing users to those peers sharing the infringing content. The sites listed below exemplify how some BitTorrent tracking sites have become notorious for infringing activities, even though such sites may also be used for lawful purposes.
- Rutracker: Russia-based Rutracker recently ranked among that country’s 15 most visited sites, and among the 300 most visited sites in the world.
- Demonoid: Ukraine-hosted Demonoid recently ranked among the top 600 websites in global traffic and the top 300 in U.S. traffic.
- Publicbt: This site is one of the most popular BitTorrent trackers with over 30 million users worldwide.
- openbittorrent: This site ranks among the most widely used BitTorrent trackers in the world.
- zamunda: Bulgarian-based zamunda is currently the target of a noteworthy criminal prosecution.
- View the complete report. (pdf)