Washington, DC (May 6, 2004)–The role of Congress in ensuring that the Federal Government is “organized and equipped to confront the growing challenges of protecting intellectual property, both at home and abroad…is the key to ensuring that the U.S. Government remains adequately equipped to aid us in our fight against worldwide piracy,” said Jack Valenti, president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, in testimony before Congress.
Testifying before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary, Senate Appropriations Committee, Valenti said, “With large-scale involvement of organized crime in the international replication and export of pirated DVDs and the large and rapidly growing threat of Internet piracy, the very future of the filmed entertainment industry and other copyright industries is at stake.” He added that, “piracy knows no boundaries.”
Valenti told Congress that in addition to enforcing copyright laws and prosecuting criminals who violate those laws, the U.S. Government must devote adequate resources to investigate intellectual property crime to effectively fight domestic piracy. He outlined specific recommendations to Congress for strengthening the ability of the U.S. Government to fight piracy, including increased funding to the F.B.I. to investigate intellectual property cases at home and the reinvigoration of “key trade tools” abroad.
Valenti closed by saying that the MPAA and the MPA, its international organization, will continue to dedicate their resources to fight piracy on many fronts here and abroad, including working with local law enforcement on investigations and raids against illegal replication and distribution networks, organizing educational and public campaigns about the evils of piracy, bringing civil litigations against copyright violators, and lobbying for appropriate copyright reform and other legal tools.