The five countries have failed to make progress during the last year, and US intellectual property holders are suffering. Senator Orinn Hatch from Utah went as far as declaring that the “five countries have been robbing Americans”.
The caucus went so far as to release the list of most notorious offender sites. The list includes IsoHunt (Canada), Baidu (China), The Pirate bay (Sweden), Rapidshare (Germany) and RMX4U (Luxembourg).
Mitch Bainwol, chairman and chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America said the websites facilitate “massive theft”, and asked “Can we create a world in which the Internet becomes a place of order rather than a place of chaos?”.
Thanks to strict laws, most notably the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, pirate sites within the US have become rare, but many popular sites simply relocate.