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30 October, 2013 19:01   ▪  

Motion Picture Association of America ranked Ukrainian website #1 to distribute illegal content

Ukrainian Bit Torrent portal is ranked #1 as the most notorious site to distribute illegal copies of movies and TV shows in the survey compiled by the the Motion Picture Assn. of America, The Los Angeles Times reports.

“The survey, compiled by the Motion Picture Assn. of America at the request of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, ranked websites and other technologies used to distribute illegal copies of movies and TV show based on how much web traffic they generated, among other indicators. The MPAA list includes peer-to-peer networks, Bit Torrent portals, infringing download and streaming hubs, linking websites and newsgroups, as well as physical markets located in the Ukraine, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Ireland, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, Mexico and India,”LAT says.

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"The rogue overseas marketplaces highlighted in the filing undermine the people who work hard to create the movies and TV shows audiences love, and jeopardize the billions of dollars they contribute to the U.S. economy," Chris Dodd, chairman of the MPAA said in a statement. "The MPAA commends the USTR’s commitment to protect and enforce intellectual property rights abroad and, in so doing, protect U.S. jobs."

Among the top sites identified in the survey were: in the Ukraine, which had 16.1 million unique visitors in August, including features highlighting "the most pirate movies" and "first cams," which are camcordings of movies showing in theaters; and Russia-based, a BitTorrent portal launched in 2010 that is one of the world's most visited sites, with 11.7 million unique visitors in August.

The survey also mentions Ukrainian open markets “Petrivka” in Kyiv, “7th kilometr” in Odessa, “Mayak” in Donets’k as a place with great number of counterfeit products which are sold there.

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