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June 23, 2010

At a press conference in Washington, D.C. last week, Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the media alongside U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator Victoria Espinel as they introduced the government's new strategy on piracy and copyright protection. "Piracy is theft. Clean and simple," Biden told reporters, according to CNet News. "It's smash and grab. It ain't no different than smashing a window at Tiffany's and grabbing [merchandise]."

Espinel issued a report called the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement that included more than 33 recommendations to fight piracy, such as cooperating with foreign governments to go after foreign-based pirate sites. The report also recommends ways to protect not only the music and entertainment industries, but others as well. Espinel and Biden said that billions of dollars worth of phony goods are entering the U.S. every year including tires, airplane parts, pharmaceutical products, and even Kevlar vests. But they also spent time discussing online piracy and illegal file sharing. Biden suggested that Internet service providers should come to the aid of antipiracy efforts by the film and music industries, and he said that the U.S. government is going to step up pressure on foreign governments where pirate websites operate.

"We want to make sure that these countries know we want these sites shut down," Biden said, according to CNet. "We are going to shine a light. If these sites are operating openly in a country that is not taking action... we can make it very public and shine a light on rogue actors. It's the government's responsibility to respond."

Espinel added a warning to illegal file-sharers, saying "We have committed to putting you out of business." She also assured copyright owners that "help is on the way."

PimpQ

From Washington

Quote:I am pleased to announce that today we unveiled the Administration’s first Joint Strategic Plan to combat intellectual property theft.

The U.S. economy leads the world in innovation and creativity thanks to American inventors, artists and workers. Our ability to develop new technology, designs and artistic works supports jobs and allows us to export great new products and services around the world. Our citizens need to feel confident that they can invest in new innovation and intellectual property, knowing it will be safe from theft. Ensuring that our ideas and ingenuity are protected helps us create jobs and increase our exports.

Now, more than ever, we need to protect the ideas, artistry, and our reputation for quality, provide our businesses with the incentives to make each new product better, reduce crimes related to intellectual property infringement and keep dangerous counterfeits out of our supply chain to protect our citizens. Strong intellectual property enforcement will help us to accomplish that. The Obama Administration has always embraced the free flow of information, online collaboration, and fair use by average citizens, which are also helping to advance our society and economy every day -- this strategy does not target legitimate and legal activity. The Administration is technology-neutral, using both proprietary and open source platforms on the web and all content on WhiteHouse.gov is public domain, making it an active participant in the online communities of the 21st Century.

Read the strategy.
This office was established to coordinate the efforts of the different parts of the government that work hard to stop intellectual property theft. Equally important, your government also wants to make sure that the products you buy are safe. Those principles form the backbone of the strategy for combating infringement. To develop the strategy, we worked closely with agencies across the government that are responsible for fighting infringement. We also incorporated some of the great ideas you submitted to us in response to our request for comments.

The strategy contains more than thirty concrete recommendations for improvement, falling into six main categories. First, we will lead by example. Specifically, we will work to ensure that we do not mistakenly purchase or use illegal products. Second, the strategy underscores that this Administration supports transparency. That includes transparency in our development of enforcement policy, information sharing, and reporting of law enforcement activities at home and abroad. Third, we will improve coordination and thereby increase efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement efforts at the Federal, state and local level, of personnel stationed overseas and of our international training efforts. Fourth, we will work with our trading partners and within international organizations to better enforce American intellectual property rights in the global economy. In that regard, we will initiate a comprehensive review of current efforts in support of U.S. businesses that have difficulty enforcing their intellectual property rights in overseas markets, with a particular focus on China. Fifth, we must secure our supply chain. To achieve this most important goal, we will take a close look at the unique problems posed by foreign-based websites and other entities that provide access to counterfeit or pirated products, and develop a coordinated and comprehensive plan to address them. We will make sure our law enforcement has the authority it needs to secure the supply chain and also encourage industry to work collaboratively to address unlawful activity on the internet, such as illegal downloading and illegal internet pharmacies. Sixth, and finally, we will make sure we spend your money wisely, a process we have already begun. To do that, we have, and will continue to collect and track the amount of money we spend on intellectual property enforcement per year. We will use this information to map out the most effective way to fight this theft.

The American economy is driven by the innovation and creativity of its people. We need to protect the ideas and artistry that has made us so successful. We need to make sure we protect our citizens from the risks to public health and safety posed by criminal activity and by dangerous counterfeits. This strategy is the coordinated effort of your government to protect consumers and our economy from these real threats. I am confident that this strategy will be a significant step in that direction. I encourage you to read the strategy we submitted to Congress today. If you do, I hope that you will agree that we are headed along the right path.
personally i think it's crap.
i also saw on the news that human rights groups protested at
some of tactics the media are taking re copy right, but i cant for the life of me find it Sad

so beside the paste pimpq, what are your feelings on the subject.

i think biden has no idea, i think he really believes the guff these business men feed him
like bp they show only what they want to show in order to vindicate themselves.

PimpQ

(06-24-2010, 09:49 AM)billy Wrote: [ -> ]personally i think it's crap.
i also saw on the news that human rights groups protested at
some of tactics the media are taking re copy right, but i cant for the life of me find it Sad

so beside the paste pimpq, what are your feelings on the subject.

i think biden has no idea, i think he really believes the guff these business men feed him
like bp they show only what they want to show in order to vindicate themselves.

I think its all about the money, the music/movie industry probably supported Obama during the election and now Obama is following what he was paid to do.

This really worries me because it talks about taking down overseas things too, this will mean we will not be able to pirate nor have any privacy. I find it would be better to just walk over to someones house with a copied video or something if all this occurs.
a lot of it is rhetoric i'd say.

as for the media industry calling in favours, i can't really see that happening. (not saying lobbying doesn't happen)
i think in general most politicians are bamboozled
by the industry when it comes to piracy. all they hear is
"piracy is costing us and the country billions."

altezon

Biden's a nice guy, but as VP he's an embarassment. Chris Dodd would have been my choice.
i'm not that well up on the usa politico side of things
but i like bidens stupidity. for me it shows he's just like the rest of us with his own silly views.
it's the ones who say what say in a well thought out way who scare me. the piracy crackdown is here to stay for the foreseeable future so instead of simply writing people off as against piracy we should be trying to educate them. we can do that by voting for the pirate party where there is one. and by doing our own bit of lobbying via email and letters. it will take time but i think we'll see genuine filesharing thats all legal in our lifetime.

altezon

I hope you're right, but I rather think it has no more chance in the USA than the legalization of marijuana. [Image: rip.gif]
even that sacrosanct law will eventually wilt when they see how much california is making by taxing it lol.
i thought the lobbyists were being kicked out of the room as far as peddling their shit goes?

PimpQ

We need to vote all the Democrats and Republicans out and renew the seats. This country is becoming crap with both parties, its time for change.

altezon

(07-05-2010, 11:44 AM)billy Wrote: [ -> ]even that sacrosanct law will eventually wilt when they see how much california is making by taxing it lol.
i thought the lobbyists were being kicked out of the room as far as peddling their shit goes?
(07-05-2010, 11:47 AM)PimpQ Wrote: [ -> ]We need to vote all the Democrats and Republicans out and renew the seats. This country is becoming crap with both parties, its time for change.

It will nevah, nevah, evah happen in any red state or in most of the blues. Federally, MJ is equivalent to heroin penalty-wise, and all the dullards repeat the "gateway drug" mantra. See http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/csa/841.htm
They don't care about the tax money, which they'd rather get from other state-sponsored vices.
And barring nuclear holocaust, donkeys and elephants will continue to run in endless circles.[Image: halp.gif]
if they want to stop the real gateway drug they need to ban booze lmao.

green is prob one the best business opportunities out there.
what the states need is for arnie to openly smoke weed Smile

altezon

Yeah, and Nixon will rise from the dead. Hysterical
you never know with america lmao.
seriously all it'll take is a few states to set the ball rolling. (green for sale)
i think the hardest task you have there or anywhere, is educating politicians
to what piracy really is and does.

altezon

It's not the politicians that need educating. They know that certain issues are knee-jerk predictable for the folks back home, and they play the ignorance issues for all they're worth. Weve got homosexual republicans in Congress voting against gay rights, fer chrissakes. If the voters couldn't have their buttons pushed, Fox News would be out of business.

PimpQ

(07-05-2010, 03:28 PM)altezon Wrote: [ -> ]It's not the politicians that need educating. They know that certain issues are knee-jerk predictable for the folks back home, and they play the ignorance issues for all they're worth. Weve got homosexual republicans in Congress voting against gay rights, fer chrissakes. If the voters couldn't have their buttons pushed, Fox News would be out of business.

I find what you just said to be a hate crime.


btw, I am a republican and Fox News will never go away, why? its bigger then all the Liberal News Networks.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=biggest+news+network
(07-05-2010, 03:28 PM)altezon Wrote: [ -> ]It's not the politicians that need educating. They know that certain issues are knee-jerk predictable for the folks back home, and they play the ignorance issues for all they're worth. Weve got homosexual republicans in Congress voting against gay rights, fer chrissakes. If the voters couldn't have their buttons pushed, Fox News would be out of business.
good points. but there must be at least a few good men in politics lol.
and a lot of the politicians do what they do because of lobbyists, some who need to be imprisoned. i know it isn't ideal but i still feel some of these guys need educating. i'd love for some of their kids t be caught committing piracy

altezon

(07-06-2010, 10:52 AM)billy Wrote: [ -> ]good points. but there must be at least a few good men in politics lol.

There are. Election reform is needed, and more control over the influence of lobbyists. But let's put it this way: a senator or congressman from South Carolina or Alabama who votes for legalizing file-sharing or marijuana won't be re-elected, because whoever runs against him in the following election will crucify him with 30-second television ads. Ever watch Fox News?

PimpQ

(07-06-2010, 11:45 AM)altezon Wrote: [ -> ]
(07-06-2010, 10:52 AM)billy Wrote: [ -> ]good points. but there must be at least a few good men in politics lol.

There are. Election reform is needed, and more control over the influence of lobbyists. But let's put it this way: a senator or congressman from South Carolina or Alabama who votes for legalizing file-sharing or marijuana won't be re-elected, because whoever runs against him in the following election will crucify him with 30-second television ads. Ever watch Fox News?

I watch it and never see that. And if I don't recall, isn't Joe Biden, a liberal (Democrat), and voting against file sharing and pot?

altezon

(07-06-2010, 10:16 AM)PimpQ Wrote: [ -> ]I find what you just said to be a hate crime.
btw, I am a republican and Fox News will never go away, why? its bigger then all the Liberal News Networks.

(1) What's hateful in what I said?

(2) I didn't say Republicans are bad. It's just that the only self-hating gay bashers I know of happen to be Republicans. http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2...e_last.php

(3) Stalin was big and refused to go away, but nobody liked him. Big Grin


(07-06-2010, 11:45 AM)altezon Wrote: [ -> ]... whoever runs against him in the following election will crucify him with 30-second television ads. Ever watch Fox News?
(07-06-2010, 11:57 AM)PimpQ Wrote: [ -> ]I watch it and never see that.
I was referring to Fox's tendency to sensationalize the news as an entertainment commodity.
(07-06-2010, 11:57 AM)PimpQ Wrote: [ -> ]And if I don't recall, isn't Joe Biden, a liberal (Democrat), and voting against file sharing and pot?
I guess so. What's your point?
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