Obama Admin Targets Intellectual Property Infringement, Counterfeit Goods

The Obama administration unveiled a government-wide intellectual property strategy to crack down on piracy and the sale counterfeit goods today in Washington. The plan calls for adding more than 50 FBI agents by the end of the year that will be dedicated to tackling the "problem of intellectual property infringement." Vice-President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Drugs Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg attended the meeting. The plan also calls for the U.S. government to target web sites in other countries – we assume – through international cooperation.

Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel said that her office will review current efforts to curb intellectual property infringement of U.S. goods abroad, particularly in China which is a major source of counterfeit goods. According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection report published last year, 79 percent of fake goods seized by officials emanated from.

Vice President Joe Biden, who announced the new program today, said that the "problem" costs Americans jobs and counterfeit goods threatened lives. He used knock-off tires and prescription drugs as examples.

Naturally trade groups looking for more support from the government when it comes to intellectual property rights enforcement and combating piracy were happy with the news. Trade groups including the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America, who claim to be deeply wounded by the sale of pirated movies and illegal music downloads. The game industry had a positive reaction to the news as well, according to some sources.

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    Thad says:

    Paraphrasing a line I once read in a Mad Magazine: Of course they learned something from previous administrations.  They learned you can get away with this stuff.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    It’ll create a bigger generation of tattletales. Not to mention there are those people just judge by appearance as a hacker or a thief. Hell, slightly increased router activity might spark panicked phone calls.

    Evidently not a thing was learned from previous administrations. Consumer rights aren’t even on the back burner, they’ve been poured intyo the trash.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    Pro business enforcement or slanted IP law makes the consumer criminally guilty of something. It assumes to much and infringes on the publics rights to much. Thing’s need to be geared to who’s attempting to make money(most torrent/file sharing sites sites) to go after the public in this manner is abusive and problematic….

    I have a dream, break the chains of copy right oppression! http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/cigital-disobedience/

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    Truec says:

    I particularly like this bit from an article today on DailyTech.

    "The White House’s vision is perhaps a prelude to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which will go before Congress later this year. The bill would make P2P or BitTorrent client development a criminal offense if the distributed software was used for infringement. It also implements an interesting provision called "imminent infringement", which allows the government to charge people who they think might be about to infringe with a civil offense (for example if you searched "torrent daft punk"). This is among the first official "thought crime" provisions to be proposed by the U.S. government. The bill also makes it a criminal offense to bypass DRM."

    I for one welcome out new thought police state overlords..

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