European Commission Publishes "Watch List" For Worst-Offending Pirate Sites
Just another day in Europe’s war against piracy. This time around, the European Commission has published the first-ever “Watch List” – Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List – which names and shames non-EU websites that are supposedly engaging in, facilitating or benefiting from piracy.
The Watch List
The Watch List is a 39-page document finalized by the European Commission on December 7, 2018. In order to gather the list of non-EU websites, the Commission services conducted a public consultation between 8 February and 19 April 2018, covering both online and physical marketplaces located in more than 20 countries. Moreover, in addition to the support of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and Europol, a number of other sources have also played a role in the selection process and in defining and describing the listed marketplaces.
Who Are On The Watch List?
The names are divided into different categories: main and sub. For the main categories, we have four which consists:
- Online marketplaces offering copyright-protected content
- E-commerce platforms
- Online pharmacies and services providers facilitating the sales of medicines
- Physical marketplaces.
For the online marketplaces offering a copyright-protected content category, it has 8 sub-categories.
- Rapidgator.net (rg.to)
- Uploadednet (ul.to, uploaded.to)
- Library Genesis Group
- Stream-ripping websites
- Linking or referring websites
- Peer-to-peer and BitTorrent indexing websites
- Unlicensed pay per download sites
- Websites for piracy apps
- Popcorn Time
- Hosting providers
- Private Layer
Under e-commerce platforms, we have:
- EVO Company Group
Aside from the ones mentioned, there were also other e-commerce platforms (Aliexpress.com, Tmall.com, Taobao.com, 1688.com120, Amazon.com121, and eBay.com122) reported by stakeholders. Despite the ongoing efforts to reduce the offer of counterfeit goods, a significant volume of allegedly counterfeit goods are still being offered.
For online pharmacies and service providers facilitating the sale sales of medicines, we have:
- CJSC Registrar R01 – provides domain name registration services to EVA Pharmacy and PharmCash.
- EPIK Inc. – provides domain name registration services to illicit online pharmacies such as RxProfits.
- ZhuHai NaiSiNiKe Information Technology – provides domain name registration services to illicit online pharmacies such as PharmaWeb.
Lastly, we have physical marketplaces:
- La Salada – Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Pacific Mall – Markham, Ontario
- Huaqiangbei Electronics Markets, Shenzhen
- Asia Pacific Xingyang Fashion and Gifts Plaza and Asia Pacific Shenghui Leisure and Shopping Plaza, Shanghai
- Anfu Market and its neighborhood, Putian City
- Mule Town in Guangxi Province
- Chengdu Qinglong Shoes Wholesale Markets in Jinniu District, Chengdu and Shangmeicheng Market at Chunxi Road, Wuhan
- Karol Bagh Market, Tank Road Market, and Gaffar Market, Delhi
- Mangga Dua Market, Jakarta
- Dongdaemun Special Tourist Zone, Seoul
- Petaling Street Market, Kuala Lumpur
- El Tepito, Mexico City
- San Juan de Dios Market, Guadalajara
- Gorbushkin Dvor Mall, Moscow
- MKB Center, Bangkok
- Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
- 7th km market, Odessa
- Ajman China Mall, UAE
- Dragon Mart, UAE
- Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai
- Saigon Square Plaza in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
What are your thoughts about the names listed on the Watch List? Have you tried any of their services? If yes, what was your experience? Tell us in the comment section below.