Obama administration unveils new efforts to combat piracy

The federal government has outlined a new plan for enforcing anti-piracy legislation, The Hollywood Reporter reports. At the announcement today, Vice President Joe Biden commented, “To state it very bluntly, piracy hurts. It hurts our economy, our health, and our safety.” The plan coordinates federal efforts combating intellectual property infringement, including the creation of a new specialized task force within the Justice Department. A report also released on Tuesday tallied motion picture and video piracy as costing the U.S. $20.5 billion every year.


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  • TheOdore

    How much do the war on terror, and war on drugs cost us each year? Here’s an idea. Stop paying bad actors millions of dollars before a movie is even made. Pay based on quality of each job. Not the fact that 15 years ago people thought you were a sex symbol. Stop paying and treating execs like they’re doing something important for the world. The people working on cures for diseases, and new ideas for energy typically get paid less over the course of their lives, than Jerry Bruckheimer gets from horrible Michael Bay movie.

    • Kat

      Love these ideas…and I wish it wasn’t just fantasy.

    • Mark

      That is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. I’m sure you wouldn’t think it was such a great idea if your boss concluded the “quality” of your worked sucked and therefore wasn’t going to pay you. Of course, that’s different, because it would affect you. Idiot.

  • nodnarb

    Piracy hurts our health? Oh, Biden, it’s not that kind of virus.

    • Monty

      I wonder if he got online piracy and Pirates (yo ho ho and a bottle of rum) mixed up…

    • aves

      Haha that’s exactly what I said when I read this too.

  • bamalam

    All I know is that I have recently gotten into watching tv shows on “sketchy” websites because the different companies don’t like putting the entire season onto reputable sites like Hulu. I’ve been getting my friend into Caprica and Hulu and the SyFy website only have from episode 5 on. What kind of way is that to build new viewers? I didn’t want to start in the middle of the season, so I’ve been risking my computer because many of these sketchy sites give viruses just to let them know of this great show!

  • JPX

    I watched a perfect bootleg of Toy Story 3, long live the booleggers!

  • Barry

    Oil spills in Louisiana affect our health & our economy a lot more than pirated DVDS.

    • Mary

      You said it!

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  • Dums

    Avatar: most pirated blu-ray movie ever, yet also biggest SELLER ever, more than double the Dark Knight. Not hurting sales at all.

  • Nick

    So they don’t make an extra 20.5 billion each year. I hate to tell you but if it gets to where I can’t pirate shows or movies, its NOT going to make me buy them or anything. You’re still not going to have that 20.5 billion, cause I’ll just wait til it airs on FX or something.

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