RIAA recommendations for this year's "List of Notorious Markets" have many familiar names and themes, as in previous years, with stream extraction sites, rogue MP3 markets, and counterfeit CD makers, feeling the warmth again of the commercial organization. of the music industry. The issue of piracy in legitimate mobile applications such as Telegram is also raised in this year's letter.
The "List of Notorious Markets" is produced annually by the office of the United States Trade Representative. Each year, the RIAA sends a letter and a detailed list of bad actors that it believes "threatens the recovery of our industry and compromises the US competitive advantage in digital commerce," according to
George York, the organizational svp of international politics. "This infringing activity creates market distortions that undermine the prosperity of the music industry, which in turn negatively affects the US trade surplus."
RIAA says it is currently monitoring more than 200 active streaming sites that allow users to create and download mp3 files from music streams on YouTube or SoundCloud. Earlier this year, it helped force a major offender, DBR.ee, to go offline. The organization also wants the "Notorious" list to pay special attention to unauthorized download sites, cyberlockers, BitTorrent sites and MP3 search engines.
Here are the sites submitted by the RIAA:
– Stream extraction sites (+ number of visits last year): Mp3juices (over 1.3 billion); Ytmp3 (1.2 billion); MP3-YouTube (700 million); Y2mate (775 million); Convert (90 million); FLVTO and 2Conv (1.7 billion combined).
– MP3 search and download sites (+ visits): new album releases (64 million); Rnbxclusive (8.4 million); Leakthis (7.4 million); Xclusivejams (5 million).
– BitTorrent indexing sites (+ visits): ThePirateBay (686 million); Rarbg (1.5 billion); 1337x (710 million); Torrentz2 (547 million); Limetorrents (202 million); Seedpper (16.83 million).
– Cyberlockers (+ visits): Hitfile (32.4 million); Turbobit (327 million); Rapidgator (313 million); Zippyshare (1.2 billion); Chomikuj (300 million); Dbree (7.4 million); Loaded (3230 million); Nitroflare (106.3 million); Share online (72.7 million); File Encryption (141.7 million).
– Unlicensed payment for download sites (+ visits): Mp3va (8.7 million); Mp3fiesta (1.4 million); Musical Bazaar (1.865 million).
Under a section titled "Additional Issues," RIAA specifically calls the popular Telegram messaging application, which it believes is not doing enough to prevent and / or prevent copyrighted recordings from being easily shared by its users.
"Telegram offers many user-created channels dedicated to unauthorized distribution of copyrighted recordings, with some focused on specific genres or artists," writes the organization. "Telegram itself hosts many copyrighted recordings made available through these channels and RIAA has sent DMCA notifications to Telegram containing over 18,000 occurrences of copyrighted recordings offered without authorization by these channels. Telegram claims that it forwards our notices. to channel operators ".
He adds: "Telegram claims that it forwards our notices to the channel operators responsible for removing the infringements listed in our notices. However, we find that most channel operators appear to be taking no action in response to our notices, with almost all of the violations listed in our notices remain available. Likewise, Telegram makes no apparent attempt to verify that channel operators have complied with our notices and does not appear to have any repeat violation policy. "
Shipping also includes a section that marks longstanding problems in the physical markets, namely the manufacture and sale of counterfeit CDs and vinyls in Russia and China. The RIAA says that while its own experts can easily identify counterfeits, most casual observers are being scammed online or in physical stores. Some counterfeiters are printing vinyl versions of albums that have never been released in this format, the organization says.
“The outer copies of the package pull flaps, security seals and retractable packaging, while the insertion leaflets reflect the legitimate versions of the product, printed on high quality commercial printing presses. In addition to direct counterfeit copies of legitimate album releases, we have also seen an increase in compilation albums "Best of" and & # 39; Greatest Hits & # 39; that were never released by record labels. Finally, we are finding vinyl versions of albums released only in CD format (ie never released on vinyl) ".
The RIAA invites all e-commerce stores to pre-screen sellers to ensure they have legitimate products. "Amazon has started this program, but the other major platforms have not yet. Each of these platforms has established processes by which counterfeit offers can be reported and removed; however, there appears to be inconsistent action against repeat infringers."