At Brookings Institution conference on Internet policy, White House intellectual property czar Victoria Espinel on Monday said that the Internet community should “expect more” pre-emptive action as the administration combats online copyright infringement — especially the illegal copying and sale of pharmaceutical drugs.
“We’re going after the piraters and counterfeiters,” Espinel said, adding that intellectual property infringement poses a “direct threat” to consumers and costs jobs.
Espinel’s remarks come just after the Justice Department shuttered more than 80 websites believed to be facilitating the sale of counterfeit goods and the sharing of illegally obtained movies, music and TV shows.
“The innovative use of the tools currently available to law enforcement to seize these domain names is similar to the remedy that would be specifically authorized under the bipartisan Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act for websites that’re registered in the US,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who sponsored the legislation.
Espinel said she and others had held a “series of meetings with Google, GoDaddy, American Express, Microsoft and others to see what we can do about online pharmacies.”