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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    The U.S. Labels Switzerland an, "internet piracy haven"

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative has published its annual Special 301 Report calling out other nations for failing to live up to U.S. IP enforcement standards. This year European ally Switzerland has been placed on the Watch List for protecting file-sharers and playing host to many pirate sites.

    Every year the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) publishes its Special 301 Report highlighting countries that aren?t doing enough to protect U.S. intellectual property rights.

    In 2016 the report sticks to a tried and tested format, with countries such as China, Russia, India and Ukraine all making the Priority List once again. However, just as the USTR wasn't afraid to place Canada on the Watch List several years ago, this year it has added another ally.

    Situated in the heart of Europe (although not part of the Union), Switzerland has long-standing ties with the United States and has acted as the protecting power between the U.S. and former foes Iran and Cuba. Nevertheless, when it comes to protecting copyright the USTR didn't hesitate to add Switzerland to the Watch List in 2016.

    "Generally speaking, Switzerland broadly provides high-levels of IPR protection and enforcement in its territory. Switzerland makes important contributions to promoting such protection and enforcement internationally, including in bilateral and multilateral contexts, which are welcomed by the United States", the USTR writes in its assessment.

    "However, the decision to place Switzerland on the Watch List this year is premised on U.S. concerns regarding specific difficulties in Switzerland?s system of online copyright protection and enforcement."

    Although the USTR doesn't go into much detail, the key problem that the United States has with Switzerland surrounds the so-called 'Logistep Decision'. Anti-piracy outfit Logistep built a reputation in the latter half of the last decade for providing tracking services for copyright trolls operating in Europe and the UK.

    However, things didn't go entirely to plan.

    In 2010 following several years of legal action, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court ordered Logistep to stop harvesting the IP addresses of file-sharers. The Court ruled that IP addresses amount to private data, a decision that effectively outlawed the tracking of file-sharers in privacy-conscious Switzerland.

    This apparent lack of protection for rights holders is unacceptable, the USTR says.

    https://torrentfreak.com/u-s-labels-switzerland-an-internet-piracy-haven-160428/
     
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  2. Capo Dei Capi

    Capo Dei Capi BANNED BANNED

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    Isn't there a difference between not being allowed to monitor torrents and not being able to file suit or press criminal charges against someone engaged in internet piracy?
     
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  3. HoNeYBiRD

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    There's a difference i guess, but the result is practically the same. What do you do with the collected data, when you can't prosecute? You might as well, don't monitor at all.
     
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    But if you file suits to supeona the hosting company of the website/domain register and isps you can then go after the person running the piracy blog.
     
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