Congressional leaders and industry groups on Wednesday named China,
Russia, Mexico, Canada and Spain as "top priority countries" in
desperate need of tougher intellectual property enforcement.
Those states house five top file-sharing websites — including IsoHunt in Canada and RapidShare in Germany — that assist users in transferring music, movies and software illegally, to the detriment of U.S. business and innovation, noted the Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus, led by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
“The release of this report casts a damning spotlight once again on
several nations with lax copyright protections and websites that
brazenly traffic in copyright theft,” said Mitch Bainwol, the chairman
and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Also joining Baniwol on Wednesday were leaders from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).
The specter of that case returned last week, too, when a federal judge found that another, similar site, LimeWire, could be held liable for copyright infringement occurring over its network.