July 21, 2010

U.S. Government Cracking Down On Chinese Digital Piracy

A government official said on Wednesday that the U.S. will make China "a significant focus" of its new efforts to fight global piracy and counterfeiting of U.S. goods ranging from CDs to manufactured products.

"It's fair to say China raises a particularly troubling set of issues," Victoria Espinel, the U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, said in a testimony to the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

"Therefore, China will be a significant focus of our enforcement efforts as we address intellectual property infringement abroad," Espinel added while testifying on the Obama administration's new intellectual property enforcement strategy.

The International Intellectual Property Alliance has estimated lost sales in China at over $3.5 billion in 2009 because of piracy of U.S. music, movies and software. 

U.S. manufacturers also complain that China's counterfeiters rip off their goods and sell them around the world.

"Whether it's coordinating our law enforcement personnel overseas, developing a strategy to go after foreign-based websites or using policy tools to address the competitive disadvantages that we face, China will be a priority," Espinel said.