March 9, 2015

U.S. Chamber’s GIPC Statement on USTR Notorious Markets Report

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U.S. Chamber’s GIPC Statement on USTR Notorious Markets Report


WASHINGTON, D.C.— President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) David Hirschmann today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Notorious Markets Report by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

“Counterfeiting and piracy inhibits the production of creative works and innovative products that enhance the lives of billions worldwide. The notorious markets identified in the report, whether cyber-markets that facilitate illegal downloads of online content, illegal markets that peddle counterfeit or illicit products, or physical markets that specialize in knock-offs of branded products, significantly undermine the physical and cybersecurity of consumers everywhere.

“GIPC applauds USTR for including in this year’s report a discussion on the importance of creating greater accountability within the ICANN multistakeholder model with respect to registrars, an issue that will have increased significance to brand owners, as well as emerging markets, as broad-band access continues to expand to previously under-served markets.

“Most importantly, the GIPC calls on governments globally to join together to address the serious challenges highlighted in today’s report. It is when governments work together to address counterfeiting and piracy that consumers may rely on widespread, safe, and convenient access to legitimate products.”

The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion intellectual property (IP) rights as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.            @USChamber  

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