RIAA Submits List of ‘Notorious’ Sites, Calls Out Russian Counterfeiters (Billboard)


The RIAA has submitted its annual roundup of music piracy offenders to the United States Trade Representative in order to include in this year’s Notorious Markets List.

In a letter to Elizabeth Kendall, the acting assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Innovation and Intellectual Property, RIAA svp of international policy George York said that while the music industry is thriving, it “continues to be threatened by online marketplaces that infringe our members’ music, as well as by sales of counterfeit products over ecommerce platforms, outdated and abused laws, and lack of proper enforcement mechanisms.”

The RIAA’s submission identifies major online actors that “threaten our industry’s recovery and jeopardize the U.S. competitive advantage in digital trade,” York writes, calling sites that pander in stream-ripping, stolen MP3s and unlicensed sales “distortions in the marketplace.”