Notorious Markets List: MPAA Points Out Global Piracy Sites

Following last month’s report by major Hollywood studios stating that 82 percent of infringing URLS that point to pirate sites and torrent files come from Google’s search engine, the Motion Picture Association of America has released a list of major worldwide torrenting sites, cyberblockers, and brick-and-mortar marketplaces. The MPAA is not creating this list to facilitate piracy, but rather to raise awareness in an effort to combat it.

“The MPAA included the piracy listings — all providing infringing movies, games, software and hard goods — as part of a filing unveiled with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The office invited the public last month to supply it with names of ‘potential Internet and physical notorious markets that exist outside the United States,'” explains Wired.

The illicit sites will be listed in the trade office’s “Notorious Markets List.” The U.S. will use this list to encourage authorities to increase efforts to prevent piracy domestically and in other markets as well.

However, not every illicit site is mentioned on the list.

“This list should not be understood to be comprehensive. It does, however, indicate the scope and scale of global content theft and it introduces some of the ongoing challenges rights holders confront in protecting their intellectual property,” claims the MPAA report, signed by SVP Michael O’Leary.

“Absent from the MPAA piracy chronicles is IsoHunt. The Canadian-based torrent tracker shuttered last week, ending nearly seven years of litigation with the MPAA,” reports Wired.

Probably the most well known site reported is The Pirate Bay. Like most torrenting sites, The Pirate Bay utilizes the BitTorrent file sharing protocol, released by programmer Bram Cohen in 2001.