United States designates Amazon a notorious marketplace for pirated and counterfeit goods


The United States government likens Amazon to illegal torrent websites like The Pirate Bay, 1337x, RARGB; says Amazon selling pirated and counterfeit goods

The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos’ owned Amazon now has a distinction of being placed in the same category as illegal movies, games, and music pirating torrent websites. Amazon which rakes in big moolah selling Chinese products in the U.S., European, and the Indian markets has been designated as a marketplace for pirated and counterfeit goods.

Amazon, the global e-commerce giant, has been included in the list of “notorious markets’’ by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in its annual blacklist of websites that deal in pirated goods. The report indicts Amazon, Amazon, VK, Propeller Ads, Snapdeal, Taobao, and Indonesia’s Tokopedia as websites that should be avoided as they sell huge number of counterfeit goods.

The list can be read here has listed five of Amazon.com domains that are selling goods in Canada, France, Germany, India, and the United Kingdom to its annual blacklist. The annual blacklist released by USTR generally contains websites that should be avoided. It normally has pirated torrents as the foremost websites which should be avoided. This is the first time that Amazon has been listed in the blacklist. Some of the names that are included in the blacklist are given below :

Top websites selling counterfeit goods



-Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and Amazon.in









-Flvto.biz and 2Conv.com


-Hosting Concepts B.V.







-Private Layer Hosted Sites





-Sci-Hub and LibGen













The 2019 USTR “Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets” also has blacklisted online advertising agency, Propellor Ads for its role in offering to advertise to torrent websites, funding piracy websites, and spreading malware.

“Right holders identify Propeller Ads as providing significant advertising revenue for many popular torrent sites, cyberlockers, and other pirate websites. Propeller Ads has also been linked to serious ‘malvertising’ operations whereby malware is distributed through online advertisements. [Rightsholders] ask that Amazon take additional actions to address their concerns, including by collecting sufficient information from sellers to prevent repeat infringers from creating multiple storefronts on the platforms, making detailed information about the real seller of a product obvious to consumers and right holders,” the USTR continues.

Amazon’s response: Trump responsible

As usual, the blacklist has turned into a political storm in the United States. President Trump has often accused Washington Post of spreading fake news in the U.S. He has also accused WaPo of working against the Republicans. WaPo is owned by Jeff Bezons who also owns Amazon. In response to the blacklist, Amazon characterized the move as part of the Trump administration’s “personal vendetta” against it because of WaPo.

“We strongly disagree with the characterization of Amazon in this USTR report. This purely political act is another example of the administration using the U.S. government to advance a personal vendetta against Amazon,” an Amazon spokesperson told Politico.


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