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USTR Publishes Rogue Sites List 82

bs0d3 writes "The U.S. Government has classified some of the largest websites on the Internet as examples of sites which sustain global piracy. The list released by the United States Trade Representative draws exclusively on input from rightsholders. It includes popular torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay, file-hosting service Megaupload, and Russia's leading social network VKontakte. VKontakte says that company's copyright problems are in the past after a deal was made with the USTR. Also, for the first time in many years, China's leading search engine Baidu has been removed from the list. However, China's widely used online consumer and business-oriented online shopping service Taobao remains listed. The full report can be viewed here. It has no legal implications whatsoever, but may be referred to by policy makers regarding future legislation (e.g. SOPA)."
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USTR Publishes Rogue Sites List

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 22, 2011 @05:06PM (#38464616)

    I'm a rightsholder too. For example, I hold the rights to this post. But I wasn't included.

    I think it's more correct to say that they drew input exclusively from large media cartel members, not from rightsholders in general.

    If they had asked me, for example, I would have listed and as rogue sites that sustain global piracy. I don't need evidence. I'm a rightsholder!

  • Does anyone in the real world care about this list? Unless you're after government contracts I can't really see how business is likely to be affected by your inclusion on it.
    • Re:And? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Carnildo ( 712617 ) on Thursday December 22, 2011 @06:12PM (#38465462) Homepage Journal

      If you're trying to find pirated movies or software, it's got a nice list of sites you can go to.

    • Re:And? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Jawnn ( 445279 ) on Thursday December 22, 2011 @06:35PM (#38465686)

      Does anyone in the real world care about this list? Unless you're after government contracts I can't really see how business is likely to be affected by your inclusion on it.

      Damned right they do! As TFA predicts, clueless policy makers will soon be citing it as "the official list of pirate sites...", if they are not already. "After all, teh list is on teh interwebs, so it must be true. Think of the children..." The same braid dead rationale behind SOPA is already in play here. Just because it does not (yet) carry the force of law, it's effect is very real.

    • I care. I think this list is great! I've been looking for sites where I can find pirated material for quite a while now without success but within minutes of this list being published, I was filling up my bandwith with downloading torrents. A++, would read again.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 22, 2011 @05:08PM (#38464644)

    And not Google? or Bing?

    filetype:torrent $SEARCH_TERM

    Another biased & agenda laden publication from The United Corporations of America.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Baidu used to blatantly offer pirated music to their users: []

      Another biased & agenda laden post from Anonymous Coward.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Usually Google is the tool the author and the end 'consumer of piracy' use to find these sites. And once found the "consumer" just cuts out google and goes to the site directly. Google is a good "research tool" in this way.

      Referencing the article, it is a very abbreviated list containing a variety of markets (albeit incomplete), but notoriously missing from the category of markets is the actual SOURCE(s) of the pirated content -- the sources that are producing the pirated material and also distributing it

      • by KlomDark ( 6370 )

        Excellent point in that one: Who are "the sources that are producing the pirated material"?

        Is it just an avalanche of a whole bunch of individuals who offer a file or two each, or is there some groups involved for profit, or power, or something?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    A few I have never tried thank you for the list.

  • Thanks (Score:5, Funny)

    by MCROnline ( 1027312 ) on Thursday December 22, 2011 @05:16PM (#38464734)
    Thanks for naming all the popular sites I never knew about, keep up the good work, I tip my hat to the USTR :D By the way, if you close these sites, any chance you could do another report so I don't have to go to the fuss of looking for infringing content?
    • Just checking out some of the sites I should of known about. Thanks USTR!!
    • It would also be nice if they provided the infridging content available for download on the USTR site. You know, just in case everyone wants to make sure the content is infringing.

  • by Trepidity ( 597 ) <delirium-slashdot.hackish@org> on Thursday December 22, 2011 @05:18PM (#38464784)

    In case you're wondering, the current person filling the post is Ron Kirk [], appointed by Obama in 2009. Though it doesn't seem that USTR policy differs much under Republican versus Democratic administrations; sadly this one isn't a partisan issue because both parties are generally on the wrong side.

  • by Fluffeh ( 1273756 ) on Thursday December 22, 2011 @05:20PM (#38464802)

    I love how these two sites made it into the list. They are claimed to be selling "circumvention devices and components used to circumvent technological protection measures on consoles". If they are openly selling these things, I am assuming it is legal in Canada to do so - showing a lovely attitude of "If we call it illegal, it is illegal everywhere in the entire world!" from American "rightholders".

    Also, that must have been from the Rightholder Group Dept of Redundancy Right Holder Group.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      You are correct. In Canada it is legal to legally purchase a product (Wii, Xbox, Car) and proceed to modify your personal property as you see fit. Shocking, huh.

      • by mirix ( 1649853 ) on Thursday December 22, 2011 @09:28PM (#38467316)

        Not for long, though. The corporate appeasement party finally got their majority, and will likely soon pass some fairly draconian measures, that they tried to pass in the past and could not.

        Not entirely sure if it would apply to this, but I think it would. IIRC the gist of the bill seems fairly reasonable at first, some fair dealing exemptions and such, the right to transfer to different media, etc. It then goes on to state that if the media/device has DRM it is illegal to break it, therefore rendering all the rights given useless.

  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Thursday December 22, 2011 @05:23PM (#38464844)

    Isn't anyone wondering why we get to see lists like that, but no "shame" lists of various internet sellers of brand knockoffs? Ya know, the kind of asshats that keeps spamming /., amongst other sites, with their claims for cheap, cheap prices?

    One really has to wonder why this list and not one of the real problem for economy, the commercial infringers. The damage is by some margin higher, and unlike that one, such a shame list, along with action against the operators of such sites, would not only make the economy proponents happy, I bet quite a few internet users would love to see less "cheap outlet" spam littering in their inbox and message boards.

    Government really needs a few marketing goons...

    • Isn't anyone wondering why we get to see lists like that, but no "shame" lists of various internet sellers of brand knockoffs?

      Selling Folex watches or Rolls-Canardly cars isn't illegal, so a website selling those doesn't qualify for the list. The list does include websites that sell copyright-infringing or trademark-infringing goods, as well as physical markets that do so.

    • Also I'm sure it will turn out that the US government is giving Vkontakte trouble to funnel more money to US-based Facebook (for the info as much as the tax money), not unlike the way they colluded with US-based credit card processors to squeeze European competition as revealed by Wikileaks.

  • i have gone to pirate bay to download torrents of free/open source software, also i download "steal this film" which was only distributed via bit torrent. there primary use may be to break copyright but it is not its only use

  • by Anonymous Coward

    For providing me with a neatly organized list of websites I ought to take a look at.

  • by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Thursday December 22, 2011 @06:14PM (#38465482) Homepage

    I'm convinced that anything which legislates against common human behavior will never have the desired effect. This generalization is, of course, with exceptions and limitations (consider laws against theft and murder and the like) but largely holds true of many things. Laws against prostitution, for example has never stopped it and does little to even inhibit it. A law against smoking wouldn't help. There are countless other examples where civil behavior will simply always be a fact of human society. I hold that file and information sharing is one of these things and what's more, I hold we can't really be human without it. I know it sounds absurd, but what we are talking about is sharing human culture, heritage, art, expression... these are the things that make us human. Trying to package it and make it a "product" is okay within limits, but at some point, it becomes anti-human and I hold we have passed beyond that point quite some time ago.

  • ip law is defunct (Score:5, Insightful)

    by circletimessquare ( 444983 ) <circletimessquare&gmail,com> on Thursday December 22, 2011 @07:28PM (#38466196) Homepage Journal

    the internet killed it

    it is unenforceable law

    millions of global media hungry technology savvy and most importantly POOR teenagers has made this so, and there is absolutely nothing anyone can do this short of destroying the internet

    not that they won't try, and not that they understand or accept this, but maybe someone should scream into these ignorant fucking media dinosaur's ears until they understand that no amount of purchased congresscritter whores, hired tech hacks, or lawyer goons can stop this

    game over morons. please don't destroy the most imporatnt media invention since the written word and the printing press in your disability to comprehend fucking reality

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I couldn't have said it better myself.... Well, punctuation could have helped.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by kiwimate ( 458274 )

      there is absolutely nothing anyone can do this short of destroying the internet

      And you are talking about the people who control a significant chunk of said internet.

      The corollary of your discourse is that the powers-that-be will continue to be more diligent, more far reaching, and more determined in their efforts to track down and stop people who are engaging in these illegal activities.

      I have seen many debates here on Slashdot, which usually focus on semantics of "stealing" versus "copyright infringement", but everyone agrees that it is illegal, regardless of what you call it. Might

      • Why don't we use the Army to stop shoplifting? Just shoot anyone suspected of shoplifting on the spot without due process, who needs that anyways? Oh, wait, I've got an even better idea — let's make up a nice act like Stop ShopLifting Act and just carpet bomb any mall, where shoplifting occurs. If you are against it — you are a shoplifter and should be shot on sight. Thank you, that is all.

        And let me point out to you — RIAA and MPAA are not after the pirates, heck, they could not care less

      • by Thing 1 ( 178996 )

        Then stop giving them a reason. If you don't want the enforcement agencies to kill the internet, then find another way to protest. [...] Two wrongs don't make a right.

        I wonder, what's your take on marijuana laws? Because that substance cures the cancers that we are constantly growing inside our bodies. To extrapolate your position from your writing, I would say that it's something like "Stop healing yourself until the legislators allow you to", and I would respond that I'd rather they lock me up.

        • It cures? I had not heard that; I was under the impression it relieved pain and other symptoms. Would you point me to a reputable study (NORML commentaries without references don't count) that says marijuana cures illnesses/sicknesses/diseases? Genuinely interested.

          • by Thing 1 ( 178996 )
            I was referred to "What if Cannabis Cured Cancer?" here, some time ago, and bought the DVD at Amazon. The DVD has references, and shows the scientists discussing their findings; it also discusses the history, both usage and prohibition, and the reasons for prohibition (biggest reason? It competed with trees, and William Randolph Hearst had just invested in a forest for his newspaper business, and wanted to eliminate "competition"). Here's a link; [] right now it's $15. Enjoy!
      • "If you don't want the enforcement agencies to kill the internet, then find another way to protest."

        the logic of the enforcer goon

        "If you don't want me to hit you, don't wear that dress."

        "If you don't want me to shoot protestors, accept your dictator."

        "If you think the idea of the need for a media conglomerate to extract cash for distributing files is just antiquated pre-Internet nonsense, confine your activities to writing harshly worded letters to your congresscritter whore (already purchased by said anti

        • by Thing 1 ( 178996 )
          It strikes me that you might benefit from some VSL3. From this and other writing, it sounds like there's a war going on inside your gut. Did you ever watch that video on money?
  • Don't make me load Flash then have to click twice to allow it store date on my machine please - I just want to read a document.

    Source is here: [] (pdf)

    Here's some Pastebin goodness: []

  • Can anyone who speaks Chinese to a check on how much counterfeit product and pirated copyrighted material is still being offered up on Baidu?

I've got a bad feeling about this.