More anti-piracy developments. The RIAA and MPAA have pooled resources to submit their annual list of websites they deem “notorious” to the US government.
They include some inevitable ones like The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents as well as a variety of what TorrentFreak terms “linking and streaming portals” as well as unlawful cyberlockers.
It is part of a wider crackdown on sites offering access to unlicensed music, films and TV shows. The MPAA had 23 sites on its target list while the RIAA had 57. TorrentFreak has the full lists from both organisations, with many of those they want action taken against being hosted outside the US.
They claim these illegal services are competing directly with legitimate and fully licensed services, undermining their chances in the paid market. The RIAA also had a (somewhat oblique) swipe at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, part of a movement of what it sees as “apologists” for copyright infringement who oppose anti-piracy measures along freedom of expression lines.
The list of target sites was drawn up in response to a request from the Office of the US Trade Representative. They will feed into the US government’s Special 301 Out-Of-Cycle Review Of Notorious Markets (which is due to be published before the end of the year).