White House Issues Proposals For IP Legislation

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The Obama administration today issued a series of recommended legislative changes to further beef up domestic intellectual property rights protection, including boosting criminal punishment of pharmaceutical counterfeiters and those engaged in “economic espionage,” increasing wiretapping, making infringing online streaming a felony, and giving more powers to customs officials.

The legislative proposals were issued by Victoria Espinel, the IP Enforcement Coordinator, and a summary is available here.

The proposals were praised by major rights holder groups and non-governmental group Public Knowledge in Washington, DC.

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  1. […] White House Issues Proposals For IP Legislation The Obama administration today issued a series of recommended legislative changes to further beef up domestic intellectual property rights protection, including boosting criminal punishment of pharmaceutical counterfeiters and those engaged in “economic espionage,” increasing wiretapping, making infringing online streaming a felony, and giving more powers to customs officials. […]

  2. […] “Copyright regulation has grown into a massive and complicated bureaucratic system, which has lost sight of it purpose and limits,” CCIA said following the release of a White House paper [pdf] outlining legislative recommendations for intellectual property enforcement. In the paper, Victoria Espinel, the US IP Enforcement Coordinator, proposes to increase existing criminal penalties against IP rights infringers (IPW, IP Live, 16 March 2011). […]

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