Quiapo slips out of US list of notorious piracy havens

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[/caption] The USTR noted that the Philippine government has taken significant enforcement actions at Quiapo, reducing the number of counterfeit and pirated goods available for sale in the district. ?[A]s a result, the market has been removed from the 2012 List,? it noted in a press statement. Quiapo was one of the eight markets that were removed from the list due to law enforcement actions or significant voluntary actions by market operators, the USTR said. ?Piracy and counterfeiting, including online sales of pirated and counterfeit goods, is a problem that hurts the US economy, harms some of this nation?s most creative and innovative entrepreneurs and companies and threatens jobs for significant numbers of middle-class American workers,? said United States Trade Representative USTR Ron Kirk. ?I applaud the actions that some markets have taken to begin ridding their virtual and physical marketplaces of pirated and counterfeit goods, as well as enforcement actions taken by certain governments that have resulted in the shutdown of several other markets,? he said. In January, shortly after the release of the previous Notorious Markets Review, the US Department of Justice filed criminal copyright charges against defendants associated with the website MegaUpload, the site that promoted the distribution of content through subscriptions and reward schemes for frequent uploaders. Several cyberlockers in the past year have also changed their business models. Others such as btjunkie, also included in last year?s list, have shut down their operations completely. In addition, the Mexican government took action to shut down the operations of the previously listed Bit Torrent Tracker Demonoid. Both Modchip.ca and Consolesource, which were listed for involvement in the marketing of circumvention devices, have also reportedly been shut down before Canada implements its recently enacted Copyright Modernization Act, which includes new provisions against trafficking in circumvention devices. As a result of these actions, the sites were not included in this year?s report. Notwithstanding the progress made during the past year, there are several markets that continue to operate despite legal rulings or enforcement actions against them. In particular, the vKontakte website continues to operate, via its social media site, a music service that courts in Russia have found to be infringing. And in Ukraine, the website Ex.ua, which offers unauthorized downloading and streaming of various content, was shut down on January 31 by criminal law enforcement authorities, but was back online by February 2. Servers and evidence seized in the raid of Ex.ua?s offices were reportedly returned and the criminal case was reportedly closed in June with no further action. ]]>

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