U.S. Crack Down On Intellectual Property Theft
June 23, 2010 1 Comment
The first National Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy by our government was unveiled yesterday. It includes a wide-ranging strategic plan to protect intellectual property from pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software, to films & music and pledged to confront governments that fail to crack down on piracy. It was about time!
The plan was developed by a several government agencies including the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, State, Commerce, Agriculture, Health and Human Services along with the White House and U.S. Trade Representative’s office.
The initiative aims to crack down on websites that allow illegal downloads of films or music, to “lead by example” in curbing use of pirated software or goods at home, and according to Mr. Biden, to “shine a light” on governments that fail to stop piracy.
The plan contains more than 30 recommendations, related to both counterfeiting of physical goods and online piracy and file-sharing, and addresses piracy both within the U.S., and that which is occurring on foreign websites.