BREAKING NEWS: The first Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List has been published!

The first Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List has been published by the European Commission (EC) today. It identifies marketplaces, registrars and hosting providers located outside the EU which are engaged in facilitating substantial counterfeiting and piracy. 


On 22 January 2018, the EC launched the public consultation with the aim to establish its first Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List containing marketplaces located outside the EU. 

The Watch List is part of one of the measures adopted by the EU (reported by this Kat here) with the aim of stepping up the fight against counterfeiting and piracy, by raising “consumer awareness concerning the environmental, product safety and other risks of purchasing” on the marketplaces identified on the Watch-List, and encouraging “their operators and owners to crack down on intellectual property abuse”. 

The findings 

The Watch List is divided into four chapters covering online marketplaces offering content protected by copyright, e-commerce platforms, online pharmacies, and physical marketplaces. 

The first chapter of the Watch List is dedicated to online marketplaces offering content protected by copyright and services providers that facilitate access to such content. Among others,,,, Popcorn Time and the hosting provider CloudFlare are included. 

The chapter of e-commerce platforms was highly expected. Bukalapak, EVO Company Group (,,,, and, Lazada, Snapdeal,, and were listed here. However, Alibaba platforms (Aliexpress, Tmall, Taobao and 1688), Amazon and eBay were not included despite it was reported they offer a “significant volume of allegedly counterfeit goods”. This on the grounds that the platforms are open to cooperate, apply proactive measures to remove infringing content and are signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding on the sale of counterfeit goods via the internet (more about MoU by this Kat here). 

The third chapter is focused on online pharmacies in which the domain registrars CJSC Registrar 101, EP1K Inc and ZhuHai NaiSiNike Information Technology Co are listed. 

Finally, physical marketplaces located in Argentina, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam are included on the Watch List. 

BREAKING NEWS: The first Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List has been published! BREAKING NEWS: The first Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List has been published! Reviewed by Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo on Friday, December 07, 2018 Rating: 5

No comments:

All comments must be moderated by a member of the IPKat team before they appear on the blog. Comments will not be allowed if the contravene the IPKat policy that readers' comments should not be obscene or defamatory; they should not consist of ad hominem attacks on members of the blog team or other comment-posters and they should make a constructive contribution to the discussion of the post on which they purport to comment.

It is also the IPKat policy that comments should not be made completely anonymously, and users should use a consistent name or pseudonym (which should not itself be defamatory or obscene, or that of another real person), either in the "identity" field, or at the beginning of the comment. Current practice is to, however, allow a limited number of comments that contravene this policy, provided that the comment has a high degree of relevance and the comment chain does not become too difficult to follow.

Learn more here:

Powered by Blogger.