Motion Picture Association Statement on USTR’s 2023 Notorious Markets List

January 30, 2024

WASHINGTON – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today released its 2023 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (the Notorious Markets List). The following is a statement on the List from Motion Picture Association Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin:

“On behalf of the Motion Picture Association, I extend my deepest appreciation to Ambassador Tai, the staff of USTR and their interagency partners for their tireless efforts to protect the global marketplace for digital content. The 2023 Notorious Markets List exposes the most egregious criminal operations that consistently violate copyright laws through the illegal distribution of intellectual property. This year, the MPA is grateful to see the inclusion of several notorious offenders we identified to USTR on the List, including specific Piracy-as-a-Service (PaaS) providers emerging as a growing concern. These PaaS providers cause untold damage to creators and consumers alike.

“Each year, the List underscores the need to protect the U.S. film, television, and streaming industry and the global creative community from the harms of copyright infringement.

“As the entertainment industry evolves and adopts new technologies at all levels of the ecosystem, so must our efforts to protect workers through effective copyright protection laws. The MPA applauds USTR’s vigilance and initiative in protecting the global creative marketplace from the dangers of digital piracy. And we are proud to stand by USTR to ensure that creativity and innovation in film and television continue to thrive.”

About The Motion Picture Association 

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) serves as the leading voice and advocate of the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences around the world. Its member studios are: Netflix, Paramount Global, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Bros. Discovery. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.

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