U.S. to target foreign websites in anti-piracy push

The United States will go after foreign websites that pirate American music and movies as part of a new strategy to stop sales of counterfeit and pirated goods at home and abroad, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday. U.S. businesses estimate they lose billions of dollars each year to piracy and counterfeiting of items including films, music and consumer goods. They also blame the illegal trade for hundreds of thousands of lost U.S. jobs. U.S. computer and video game makers also cheered the promise of tougher enforcement. The National Association of Manufacturers urged the administration to focus especially on China, which it has called “ground zero” for piracy and counterfeiting. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office has battled for years to close websites in Russia, China and other countries that sell pirated American music and films. Biden said the United States would exert more pressure on foreign governments to shut down the sites by “being as public as we possibly can” about illegal activity.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65L3YN20100622

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