On February 28, the Office of the United States Trade Representative released the first, annual, stand-alone report listing so-called "Notorious Markets" - the most prominent physical and Internet-based markets dealing in pirated or counterfeit goods "that have been the subject of enforcement action or that may merit further investigation for possible intellectual property rights infringements." A copy of the report is available here. The report includes a number of well-known websites in different categories, such as ThePirateBay and torrentz.com in the "Bit Torrent Indexing" category and Baidu - the most visited site in China - in the "Linking" category. According to Christopher Barnett, an attorney with Scott & Scott, LLP: "The Office of the USTR previously published its Notorious Markets list within a larger, annual Special 301 Report, and it made the decision to issue a separate report in order to highlight the problem represented by these Notorious Markets. That action represents one more step in furtherance of the U.S. government's stated interest in curbing IP-rights violations domestically and worldwide." For more information, please contact Mr. Barnett at 800-596-6176 or cbarnett@scottandscottllp.com.