Obama administration steps up anti-piracy plan

Obama administration steps up anti-piracy plan
The feds are finally getting serious about piracy.

The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the first-ever strategic plan on intellectual property enforcement, which is intended to both boost and better coordinate efforts to stop piracy at home and abroad, online and through physical sales for American products including movies, TV shows, video games, computer software, pharmaceuticals, counterfeit goods and more.

"To state it very bluntly, piracy hurts," Vice President Joe Biden said at a White House announcement. "It hurts our economy, our health and our safety."

Joining Biden for the announcement of a coordinated program across all federal agencies, worldwide, was a group including attorney general Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, U.S. Trade Rep Ron Kirk and Victoria Espinel, who was appointed in September as the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.

Espinel was required under a law passed in October 2008 to prepare a
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Pirates' plunder seized

WASHINGTON -- An Interpol-led investigation code-named Operation Jupiter that targeted South American cartels triggered 185 busts and led to the seizure of $115 million worth of pirated goods, the international police agency and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced.

Operation Jupiter's three phases -- executed over 3 1/2 years -- interrupted pirate networks operating in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. The operation, which closed in December, was touted as a paragon of industry-government cooperation.

"By working together, the business community and Interpol are bringing criminal counterfeiters to justice while protecting the innovators, workers and consumers who rely on legitimate and safe products," U.S. Chamber of Commerce intellectual property center chief David Hirschmann said.

Simultaneous searches in the notorious "La Slaada" pirate marketplace netted more than 1 million CDs and DVDs, 8.6 million film and music jacket sleeves and 273 burners, authorities said.

Also seized were bootleg designer clothes, counterfeit electronics, fake medicine, illegal narcotics, weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

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