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MPAA Gives Feds Global 'Most Notorious' Markets List for Pirated Movies, TV Shows

28 Oct, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

China remains on the list despite Hollywood's ongoing embrace of the communist country's burgeoning consumer base

The Motion Picture Association of America has given the federal government a listing of international markets it considers most susceptible to harboring pirated movies and TV shows.

The MPAA submitted the list Oct. 25 to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which is compiling its “2013 Special 301 Out-Of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets” report.

The MPAA list includes peer-to-peer networks, Bit Torrent portals, infringing download and streaming hubs, linking websites and newsgroups, as well as physical markets located in the Ukraine, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Ireland, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, Mexico and India.

Inclusion of China, which has for years been ground zero for the dissemination of pirated movies, TV shows, books and music, is interesting considering Hollywood’s (and home entertainment’s) ongoing embrace of the communist country’s burgeoning middle class and appetite for U.S. entertainment. The Chinese theatrical market now ranks second only to the U.S. in size.

“The American motion picture and television industry is a major U.S. employer that supports approximately 2 million jobs and over $104 billion in total wages in all 50 states,” MPAA CEO Chris Dodd said in a statement. “The rogue overseas marketplaces highlighted in the filing undermine the people who work hard to create the movies and TV shows audiences love, and jeopardize the billions of dollars they contribute to the U.S. economy. The MPAA commends the USTR’s commitment to protect and enforce intellectual property rights abroad and, in so doing, protect U.S. jobs.”

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