The European Commission is running a consultation to identify piracy and counterfeiting villains outside the EU. Understandably, music industry rightsholders are having their say, as they do in the US for that country’s ‘Notorious Markets’ watchlist.

A number of submissions to the EC consultation are now public, including (spotted by TorrentFreak) that of global labels body the IFPI. You can read its full ‘annex’ submission here, which goes into detail on the problems the body sees in various stream-ripping and piracy websites.

Others that caught our eye include Twitter (“a significant concern to the music industry” which “charges right holders large amounts of money for the ability to search for tweets on its API that include or link to infringing content, at scale and without a time limitation”).

Messaging platform Discord has also roused the IFPI’s ire: “Discord has rapidly become an underground marketplace for the distribution and crowd funding of stolen, unreleased or pre-release content, though so-called ‘Group Buys’,’ claims the submission.

The IFPI also targets decentralised DSP Audius, suggesting that “it does not take measures to prevent infringing content from being made available on its service”.

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