In a move aiming to protect consumers, the European Commission has published a list of webpages outside the European Union who engage in, facilitate or benefit from piracy.
In an interview with Lefteris Adelinis on Radio Active, Yiorgos Stylianou of the Cyprus Consumer Association outlined how consumers can better protect themselves.
Piracy is an important issue for the EU as it not only harms companies and the economy more generally, but poses health and safety risks to consumers.
The Commission’s list focuses on webpages which offer products for sale which are protected by copyright, e-sale platforms as well as ‘online pharmacies’. It also listed outlets and shops outside the EU which sell counterfeits.
“The problem is the sellers on such platforms and how such internet platforms check or control whether such sales violate EU regulations,” Stylianou said.