Administration Unveils IP Theft Public Education Campaign

Top Administration officials today announced a new public education campaign created in partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) about intellectual property theft and its victims.

Attorney General Eric Holder said, “As our country continues to recover from once-in-a-generation economic challenges, the need to safeguard intellectual property rights – and to protect Americans from intellectual property crimes – has never been more urgent.”

Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel writes in a post today on the White House blog that “in order to win the future in the global economy America must out innovate our competitors. Intellectual property theft undermines our nation’s innovators and entrepreneurs. The new campaign will educate the public about the full range of intellectual property crimes we confront, from counterfeit consumer goods and fake pharmaceuticals laced with potentially dangerous substances to illegal downloads, while highlighting the potential threat these crimes pose to economic prosperity and public safety.”

The campaign includes print ads explaining the dangers and economic impact of counterfeit products and phony merchandise.

The Copyright Alliance since its beginnings has been an advocate for the important role public education plays in our culture’s respect for and enforcement of intellectual property rights. We welcome these efforts and applaud the Administration, the NCPC and other contributors for their work on this campaign.