The White House Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) today delivered to Congress its Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement, outlining numerous steps it has taken to protect and preserve American creation and innovation, or what President Obama recently called our country’s “single greatest asset.” It is a follow-up to the IPEC’s inaugural Joint Strategic Plan released in June 2010 that included 33 “action items” to improve intellectual property enforcement across federal, state, and local government levels. This new report takes an in-depth look at these items and the steps the Administration has undergone thus far to protect jobs and prevent online theft.
Here’s our take:
This comprehensive report extensively catalogues the impressive efforts of the Administration to date to help protect American jobs, innovation and the rights of the creative community. Victoria Espinel deserves enormous credit for her work in helping spearhead the Administration’s various intellectual property initiatives and focusing the public conversation on the harmful impact of digital theft.
As the Administration noted, this report is no final capstone on intellectual property enforcement efforts – instead, it is a mid-course status update that emphasizes there is ‘much left to do.’ Despite the laudable steps undertaken by the Administration, the music community continues to suffer from unacceptable levels of digital copyright theft that kills jobs and stifles creativity. We look forward to continuing our work with Congress and the Administration on a multi-faceted approach that recognizes that everyone involved in the online space has a role to play in encouraging the lawful enjoyment of music, movies and other creative works.
Mitch Bainwol, Chairman & CEO, RIAA