U.S. Justice Department Sets Up IP Taskforce

Law360, New York (April 1, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has tapped David Israelite, his deputy chief of staff, to head a new intellectual property taskforce.

The taskforce was created to step up efforts against the international piracy of music, software, film and other copyrighted producte, the Department of Justice said.

"I have asked the task force to look at ways the department can strengthen and improve our efforts" to combat theft of intellectual property, Ashcroft said.

Although the new taskforce has few specific duties, Israelite told journalists he intended to...
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