Biden To Head Piracy Protection Update

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Vice President Joe Biden will be meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel and industry and public-interest stakeholders to provide an update on administration efforts to protect intellectual property.

Combating online piracy has been one of the Vice President's issues. He headlined a press conference with Espinel last June outlining the administration's strategic plan for protecting intellectual property, including TV shows and movies online.

The government plan includes: 1) not mistakenly using illegal products itself; 2) transparency in policy development and sharing info; 3) improved coordination; 4) better enforcement of property rights globally, including more help for businesses trying to enforce their IP rights abroad; 5) securing the supply chain, including tackling foreign-based Web sites that offer pirated content; 6) spend its IP enforcement money wisely.

Also on the guest list for the Friday meeting are Verizon chairman Ivan Seidenberg, Thomas Rothman, co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, and Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn.

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