Bulgarian, Russian and Ukrainian markets on USTR’s Notorious Markets List

On February 28 2011 the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of marketplaces, both physical and online, that are well known for offering counterfeit and pirated goods. Ukrainian, Russian and Bulgarian markets and websites are included in the list.

The USTR explained that, from now on, the review of “notorious markets” will be published separately. It used to be part of the USTR's annual Special 301 report, due to be released next month. The report states as follows:

The United States urges the responsible authorities to intensify efforts to combat piracy and counterfeiting in these and similar markets, and to use the information contained in the Notorious Markets List to pursue legal action where appropriate.”

Among the physical marketplaces offering fake goods, the report includes the Petrivka Market in Kiev, Ukraine and the Savelovskiy Market in Moscow, Russia. According to the report, the Petrivka Market is an open-air market with approximately 300 stands selling pirated music, films, games and software, while the Savelovskiy Market is reportedly filled with counterfeit electronic goods.

Among the online sources of fake goods, the report lists Russian-based BitTorrent tracker Rutracker, which is among Russia’s 15 most visited websites and among the 300 most visited websites globally. Also included in the list are the Ukraine-hosted BitTorrent tracker Demonoid and Bulgarian-based BitTorrent tracker Zamunda.

Russian social network vKontakte, which is among the five most visited websites in Russia and among the 40 most visited websites in the world, is also cited in the report for providing access to unauthorised audio and audiovisual material.

Jelena Jankovic, PETOŠEVIC, Belgrade  

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