Washington, DC — February 13, 2014 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today applauded the release of the US Trade Representative’s annual “notorious markets” report, which highlights online and physical markets around the world where intellectual property infringement is rampant. But BSA cautioned that faster progress is needed from a key Chinese website that was left off this year’s list of hot spots.
USTR’s report notes that Taobao — one of the world’s most heavily trafficked e-commerce sites — was omitted from the 2013 list of notorious markets because it has been working with right holders to curb some infringing sales. But the report also acknowledges that “challenges remain,” and it says USTR will continue to monitor developments accordingly.
“Taobao is a continuing source of concern for the software industry,” said BSA General Counsel and Senior Vice President Jodie Kelley. “BSA is aware of thousands of counterfeit, infringing and unauthorized sales of our member companies’ products every month on Taobao, including both packaged software and product activation keys. We appreciate that Taobao has shown willingness to address the problem, but we need to see much faster progress because the scale of the problem is huge.”
“We commend USTR for its ongoing efforts to curb intellectual property infringement online,” Kelley said. “The ‘notorious markets’ report is a key tool for highlighting both the scope of the problem and the places where enforcement resources should be targeted. If Taobao doesn’t make strong progress in the next year, it should be included on the list. The same standard also should apply to other sites in China and around the world where infringing products are bought and sold.”