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2011 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Request for Public Comments

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AGENCY:

Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION:

Request for written submissions from the public.

SUMMARY:

In 2010 the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) began publishing the notorious market list as an “Out of Cycle Review” separately from the annual Special 301 report. This review of Notorious Markets (“Notorious Markets List”) results in the publication of examples of Internet and physical markets that have been the subject of enforcement action or that may merit further investigation for possible intellectual property infringements. The Notorious Markets List does not represent a finding of violation of law, but rather is a summary of information that serves to highlight the problem of marketplaces that deal in infringing goods and which help sustain global piracy and counterfeiting. USTR is hereby requesting written submissions from the public identifying potential Internet and physical notorious markets that exist outside the United States and that may be included in the 2011 Notorious Markets List.

DATES:

The deadline for interested parties to submit written comments is October 26, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

All written comments should be sent electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, docket number USTR-2011-0012. Submissions should contain the term “2011 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets” in the “Type comment” field on http://www.regulations.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Paula Karol Pinha, Director for Intellectual Property Enforcement, Office of the United States Trade Representative, at (202) 395- 5419. Further information about Special 301 can be found at http://www.ustr.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Background

Pursuant to the 2010 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, USTR began publishing the Notorious Markets List separately from the annual Special 301 report in which it had previously been included. After a dedicated request for comments and separate review which took place in the fall and winter of 2010, USTR published the first Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets (“Notorious Markets List”) in February 2011.

The 2010 Notorious Markets List identified 34 markets, including both physical and virtual markets, as examples of marketplaces that have been the subject of enforcement action or that may merit further investigation for possible intellectual property rights infringements, or both. The 2010 Notorious Markets List did not reflect findings of violation of law, nor did it reflect the United States' analysis of the general climate of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the countries where the markets were located. Rather, the list identified certain prominent examples of markets in which pirated or counterfeit goods were reportedly available. Through the Notorious Markets List, the United States encourages the responsible authorities to step up efforts to combat piracy and counterfeiting in these and similar markets.

2. Public Comments

A. Written Comments

The Special 301 Subcommittee invites written submissions from the public concerning potential examples of Internet and physical “notorious markets.” Notorious markets are those where counterfeit or pirated products are prevalent to such a degree that the market exemplifies the problem of marketplaces that deal in infringing goods and help sustain global piracy and counterfeiting.

B. Requirements for Comments

Interested parties must submit written comments by October 26, 2011. Written comments should be as detailed as possible and should clearly identify the reason or reasons why the nature or scope of activity associated with the identified market or markets exemplify the problem of marketplaces that deal in infringing goods and help sustain global piracy and counterfeiting. Information that would be particularly helpful would include: location; principal owners/operators (if known); types of products sold, distributed, or otherwise made available; information on the volume of Internet traffic associated with the Web site, such as the Alexa ranking; any known civil or criminal enforcement activity against the market; any other efforts to remove/limit infringing materials, including the Web site's responsiveness to notices of infringement and requests to remove or disable access to allegedly infringing material; and any other relevant information, including with respect to any other positive progress made by the operators of the market in addressing infringing activity. Any comments that include quantitative loss claims should be accompanied by the methodology used in calculating such estimated losses. Comments must be in English.

All comments should be sent electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, docket number USTR-2011-0012. To submit comments to http://www.regulations.gov, find the docket by entering the number USTR-2011-0012 in the “Enter Keyword or ID” window at the http://www.regulations.gov home page and click “Search.” The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by selecting “Notice” under “Document Type” on the left side of the search results page, and click on the link entitled “Submit a comment.” (For further information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on “How to Use This Site” on the left side of the home page.) The http://www.regulations.gov site provides the option of providing comments by filling in a “Type comment” field, or by attaching a document. It is USTR's preference that comments be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, please type “2011 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets” in the “Type comment” field. USTR prefers submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). If the submission is in an application other than those two, please indicate the name of the application in the “Type comment” field.

3. Inspection of Comments

USTR will maintain a docket on the 2011 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets accessible to the public. The public file will include all comments received which will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except confidential business information exempt from public inspection in accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15. Comments may be viewed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site by Start Printed Page 58855entering docket number USTR-2011-0012 in the search field on the home page.

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Stanford K. McCoy,

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation.

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[FR Doc. 2011-24523 Filed 9-21-11; 8:45 am]

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