SIIA is proud to join the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy in welcoming the appointment of Secretary Jeh Johnson as the Secretary of Homeland Security. We look forward to working with Secretary Johnson and his department, and urge him to continue the Department’s strong position of leadership in protecting America’s intellectual property against online theft.
More than 40 million American jobs depend on intellectual property, and those jobs are threatened by websites offering fake goods under U.S. companies’ brand names. Pirate sites sell copyrighted work, including software, and take advantage of consumers by exposing them to identity theft and financial fraud.
The Department has been effective in its enforcement program administered by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the National IPR Center: Operation in our Sites (OiOS). These efforts have shut down over 2,713 websites, and protected consumers and industries from the threats posed by online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods.
The problem of IP theft continues to plague our country. Secretary Johnson should continue and expand upon the good work that has been done to date, and use all the resources possible to combat this serious issue. SIIA looks forward to working with the Secretary and his department in support of these efforts.
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Laura Greenback is communications director at SIIA. Keep up with the SIIA policy team on Twitter at @SIIAPolicy.