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15th December 2020

IFPI Welcomes European Commission’s “Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List”

15th December 2020 – The European Commission has published its Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List, exposing online service providers established outside of the European Union (EU) that engage in or facilitate intellectual property rights infringement affecting European rightsholders.

The list is intended to raise awareness across law enforcement and policymakers outside the EU of the role and impact of these services.

Commenting on the Watch List, IFPI Chief Executive Frances Moore, said: “In addition to the many ways that music benefits our lives culturally and emotionally, it contributes €81.9 billion annually to the EU economy and supports two million jobs. This contribution is jeopardized by the digital platforms identified by the Commission.

“This year, in addition to identifying several music stream ripping sites, we are encouraged to see that the report recognises social media platforms as a new category, and that it highlights that companies in this category, such as Telegram, simply must do more to put in place effective measures to prevent large scale copyright infringements on their services.

“We hope that the Watch List will raise awareness of these problematic activities and practices and encourage enforcement action and action by intermediaries to prevent misuse of their services. Such steps are vital to protect content for the benefit of our members, artists and their fans.”

Sites identified by the Commission include: wi.to/Ddl.to; Dbree.org; Y2Mate.com and Youtubeconverter.io; Flvto.biz and 2Conv.com; Telegram; Rapidgator.net; Savefrom.net; 4shared.com; uploaded.net; 1337x.to; Rarbg.to; Music-Bazaar.com; and Music-Bazaar.mobi.

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Notes to editors:

About IFPI

IFPI is the organisation that promotes the interests of the international recording industry worldwide. IFPI and its National Group network has over 8,000 members across more than 70 countries. There are over 70 IFPI offices, National Groups and Affiliated MLCs. IFPI’s mission is to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all markets where its members operate.

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