MPAA Names Top Online Sites Pirating Movies


The Motion Picture Association of America pointed a finger at the world’s most notorious online and physical marketplaces for pirated TV and film content on Monday and named the worst online offenders as based in Russia, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

The worst physical markets for pirated movies are in Brazil, Canada – Toronto, to be exact – and China.

The new list, submitted by the MPAA to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, features several direct download and streaming cyberlocker sites, linking websites, peer-to-peer networks and BitTorrent portals that all offer users illegal access to video content.

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“The film and television industry is a vibrant component of our nation’s economy, supporting close to 2 million jobs and generating a positive trade surplus in every country in the world in which it does business,” MPAA’s Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd said in a statement. “Robust protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights both domestically and abroad are vital to ensuring the sustained growth of America’s creative industries. We are grateful for the USTR’s continued efforts to highlight the importance of global IP rights and appreciate the opportunity to shine a light onto these infringing marketplaces that limit U.S. competiveness and undermine the hard work of so many American men and women.”

Here’s the full list below:

Direct Download and Streaming Cyberlockers: – Russia – Netherlands – Russia – New Zealand and the “Movshare Group” – Panama/Switzerland/Netherlands – Germany

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Peer-to-Peer Networks & BitTorrent Portals: – Several locations – Sweden – Germany/Luxembourg – Russia – Several locations – Ukraine – China

Linking Websites: – Canada – Romania – Estonia – Switzerland – Switzerland – Latvia – Brazil – Brazil – Germany – China – Estonia – Argentina
Degraç – Brazil – Brazil

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Physical Notorious Markets
Galeria Pagé, Avenida Paulista, Faria Lima (São Paulo), Camelodromo Uruguaiana (Rio de Janeiro) and Feira dos Importados (Brasilia) – Brazil
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – Ontario, Canada
Hailong Electronics Shopping Mall, Beijing Haidan District and San Li Tun District (Beijing) – China
Harco Glodok (Jakarta) – Indonesia
Jonesborough Market – Northern Ireland
7 Kilometer Open Market (Odessa) and Barabashovo Open Market (Kharkov) – Ukraine
Mutino Market – Moscow, Russia
Panthip Plaza, the Klom Thom, Saphan Lek, Baan Mor Shopping Area, Patpon and Silom Shopping Areas, Mah Boon Krong Center, and the Sukhumvit Road Area (Bangkok); Rong Klua Market, Sakaew, Samui (Surat Thani) – Thailand
Several street markets in Mexico and India.

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