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ESA commends U.S. trade body for expanding piracy watch list

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The Entertainment Software Association praised the United States Trade Representative for its recent anti-piracy efforts and expansion to more than 40 countries, according to a recent press release.

The Entertainment Software Association specializes in anti-piracy and protection for video games and consoles. According to ESA CEO and president Michael D. Gallagher, pictured above, anti-piracy protection helps "grows jobs at home and abroad" and helps foster innovation.

"Content creators and consumers lose when countries fail to protect intellectual property," Gallagher said.

The statement was part of a response to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) publication of its annual "Special 301" report. Russia, Brazil and Mexico will all remain on the USTR's priority watch list due to peer-to-peer sharing and other piracy problems. Other countries on the priority watch list include China, India, Pakistan and Thailand.

You can read the USTR's full report here.