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  • Writer's pictureNick Redfearn

Vietnam highlighted in 2024 USTR Notorious Markets list


The USTR has just released its 2023 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (aka the Notorious Markets List) which lists online and physical markets engaged in substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy. Sites from many countries appear in the list. Indonesia is commended for improving its content blocking last year.  

 

In Asia, Vietnam is increasing one of the most important locations for piracy. Generally identifying where online digital content markets are based remains a problem. But several Vietnam examples are clearly described. 2embed is a “piracy-as-a-service” tool with a large library of infringing content obtained by scraping other infringing sites. Enforcement in Vietnam in 2023 had a local impact but many mirror sites remain elsewhere.  Aniwatch appears to be a rebrand of Vietnamese piracy site zoro.to, which was shut down in July 2023. BestBuyIPTV offers illicit IPTV channels from broadcasters globally, but appears to operate from Vietnam.  Expect copyright owners and associations to maintain their focus on this  market.

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