“Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List” by the European Commission

Uli Waltsgott
Wed, 03/13/2019 – 14:04

The European Commission has published a ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ to highlight websites and marketplaces that undermine the intellectual property rights of EU companies and creators. The list aims to encourage the operators of these marketplaces, local enforcement authorities and governments to take action to crack down on IP abuse. The report covers both physical and digital goods and cites a number of online marketplaces that can apparently be used to access copyright-protected content, including cyberlocker sites. “Intellectual property infringements are a scourge on the European economy, decreasing investment and government revenues, and killing jobs in our creative and innovative industries. The link between counterfeiting and organised crime poses a major threat to our society. This Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List is part of our broader effort to ensure that European companies can operate on a level playing field when trading outside the EU’s borders, and that EU consumers are safe.” said European Commissioner for trade, Cecilia Malmström. In the European Union, counterfeit and pirated products amount to an estimated 5% of all imports or as much as €85 billion a year.

Source: IPR Helpdesk News
"Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List" by the European Commission