WASHINGTON — The top White House copyright cop said on Tuesday that the administration is working aggressively to implement a wide-ranging strategy to crack down on digital piracy and the flow of counterfeit goods, saying that protecting U.S. intellectual property interests is a central pillar of the government’s efforts to nurse the economy back to health.
“Protection of our innovation and protection of our creativity is an essential part of our plan for economic recovery,” U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel said in a keynote address here at a policy conference hosted by the Future of Music Coalition.
“Protection of intellectual property will increase exports, it will create jobs,” Espinel said. “Lack of protection is a threat to our businesses, a threat to our consumers and it is an issue that unites labor and business, it unites small and large companies, it unites Democrats and Republicans.”