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DOJ Proposes Jail Time For IP Infringers

Law360 (May 16, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Infringing on intellectual property would become a federal crime under a new law proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice that would give the agency the power to prosecute IP violations.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez on Tuesday wrote a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.), detailing the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007. In addition to criminalizing attempted violations, the legislation would increase the maximum penalties for related crimes.

“While crimes like IP theft may appear harmless to some, we know that the...
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