Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy Urge DHS to Continue IP Enforcement Programs
By Frank Cullen
Keeping our citizens and nation safe is one of the core functions of the federal government, and we welcome the appointment of Secretary Jeh Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Sec. Johnson faces a challenging array of issues that demand his full attention, and we look forward to working with the Secretary and his department in support of their efforts.
One area in which the Department has excelled in recent years is the ongoing enforcement program administered by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the National IPR Center: Operation in Our Sites (OiOS). This effort strives to protect consumers and industries from the very real threats posed by online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods.
Websites that traffic illicit and counterfeit drugs, consumer goods, electronics and footwear, and facilitate the online pirating of a wide array of copyrighted materials threaten the 40 million IP-intensive jobs our economy has come to rely on. Furthermore, the illicit sites take advantage of consumers, exposing them to identity theft or financial fraud in addition to pushing sometimes deceptively dangerous goods, such as fake medicines and consumer products.
While the amount of parasitic websites may seem endless, so too are the concerns with the mushrooming of online IP theft. The GIPC is proud to join other members of the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy in urging Secretary Johnson and DHS to continue the fight against online IP fraud.
While the IPR Center and OiOS have been a success story within DHS with the shutting down over 2,713 websites, the problem of IP theft, especially online, continues to threaten our economic and national security. It is imperative that Sec. Johnson continue and expand upon the good work that has been done to date, and use all the resources at his disposal to combat this serious threat to our nation.
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