Plan Could Put ITC In Charge Of Fighting Online Piracy

Law360, New York (December 2, 2011, 3:21 PM EST) -- A group of bipartisan lawmakers on Thursday proposed an alternative plan to halt internationally based online piracy by expanding the U.S. International Trade Commission's enforcement powers to investigate and block foreign websites illegally providing copyrighted content.

The draft proposal would essentially treat unauthorized digital downloads of protected works as illegal imports. It lays out a way for U.S. rights holders to file ITC complaints seeking investigations and cease-and-desist orders against foreign sites that allegedly provide pirated materials or facilitate the import of counterfeit goods.

The plan...
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