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Key copyright infringing countries highlighted by US report

A report filed with the US Trade Representative by the International Intellectual Property Alliance indicates that five countries accounted for 54% of peer-to-peer sharing of game files worldwide in 2010. These were Italy, China, Spain, Brazil and France. Together they accounted for more than 14 times the number of file-sharing detections attributed to subscribers in the US.

"Our industry continues to grow in the U.S., but epidemic levels of online piracy stunt sales and growth in a number of countries, including Italy, China, Spain, Brazil and France, where we see crushing volumes of infringing peer-to-peer activity involving leading game titles.

Game publishers lose opportunities for export sales, and the U.S. loses opportunities to expand our export economy, and consumers in those countries lose local benefits of having a thriving game market.

Michael D. Gallagher, (President and CEO) ESA

Testing examined activity related to approximately 230 leading games titles of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) in the US. More than 144 million connections were detected in 2010 through over 200 countries worldwide. Italy topped this making up over 30 million of the connections, and the report recommends that Italy remain on the 'Special 301 Watch List', a list that details countries who pose a trade barrier to the US through inadequate protection of intellectual proper rights. Spain is proposed to be elevated to the Priority Watch list due to the lax policies of the Spanish government in relation to piracy. Brazil (Watch List), Canada (Priority Watch List) and China (Priority Watch List) are recommended to keep their current status.

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List of ESA members (to boycott):

http://www.theesa.com/about/members.asp

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

Where's the UK in this list ?

  • herdwick
  • over 6 years ago

LOL, this looks like the latest attempt by the U.S at giving the finger to the Chinese (and others) Its all hypocrisy and Bull*. They are worried about and I quote "opportunities to expand our export economy". Its just about Profits and Greed that's what America is about.

  • majika2007
  • over 6 years ago

I nearly forgot, After countless war's and lord knows what other atrocity's. even in the brink of global meltdown its the same old drum beat. Fear-Fear We-need-to-make-the-world-fear us.. LOL, Excuse me whilst I pause for a moment to think about lost profits to poor old EA games or wait a moment.. Agent-Orange and Vietnam or Iraq and depleted Uranium tipped bullets, etc, etc

  • majika2007
  • over 6 years ago

so basicially anyone that does not agree fully with the USA's corporations, (as they control the government through lobbyists) policys, you are hate branded.

USA global terrorists that need to be stopped!

a good read exposing the tactics employed by the USA:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/03/wikileaks-us-eu-gm-crops?INTCMP=SRCH

  • pigfister
  • over 6 years ago

If games companies cant make money no games, but, 144 million connections detected, 30 million in Italy thats one for every second living person in the country. How many of these where ligit exchanges of mods, patches, updates. They dont know, in the same way that the RAA dont know how much "piracy" there is in North America and Europe because they have admitted they estimate it. I dont condone piracy but until the DRM mob have an attack of honesty "hell mend'em".

  • redux
  • over 6 years ago

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