Suspected websites and physical marketplaces outside the European Commission that are involved in counterfeiting and piracy have been published on a watch list.
The European Commission Watch List is analogous to the Special 301 Notorious Markets list published by the US Trade Representative (USTR) in a bid to make operators of the marketplaces close up and also aid the local enforcement authorities and government to set up necessary mechanism to stop their activities.
According to the statement from the commission, the Watch Lists is aimed at getting the EU citizens informed of the environmental, product safety and other risks of purchasing from problematic markets.
The published working document covers e-commerce platforms that sell counterfeits including Indonesian site Bukalapak; the EVO Company Group in Eastern Europe whose websites include Tiu.ru, Prom.ua, Bigl.ua, Deal.by and Satu.kz; Thai online retailer Lazada.co.th; Naver.com, which is one of the major Korean e-commerce sites; India’s SnapDeal.com; and Xxjcy.com and China-telecommunications.com in China.
Fake online pharmacies were also watch listed to check mate the menace of fake medicines sold on the internet.
A number of online sources of pirated versions of copyrighted-protected content were Watch-listed including –
Cyberlockers: Rapidgator.net, Uploaded.net, Openload, 4shared.com and Sci-hub.tw/#about;
Stream-ripping websites: H2converter.com and Downvids.net;
Linking or referrer websites: Fullhdfilmizlesene.org, Seasonvar.ru, Dwatchseries.to, 1channel.ch, and Rnbxclusive.review;
Peer-to-peer and BitTorrent indexing websites: ThePirateBay.org, Rarbg.to, Rutracker.org, Torrentz2.eu, and 1337x.to;
Unlicensed pay per download sites: Mp3va.com and Mp3caprice.com;
Websites for piracy apps: Popcorn Time;
Hosting providers: CloudFlare and Private Layer; and
Speaking further, Cecilia Malmström, the EU Commissioner for Trade said that IP infringements is a great problem affecting the European economy which has decreased investment, revenues and job creations.
Trade in counterfeit and pirated products amounts annually to around €338bn (around $385bn) worldwide according to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the OECD.
Download the 40 paged Watch List HERE