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