And from CNET's Declan McCullagh:
Let me state further that when U.S. goods and services containing intellectual property arrive in world markets, they should benefit from basic safeguards similar to those they enjoy at home.
The cost of counterfeiting and piracy to your companies and to our nation is billions of dollars in losses and hundreds of thousands of American jobs.
The recent revelation that an illegal copy of the upcoming movie “Wolverine” had been posted on the Internet prior to its theatrical release underscores the problem the industry faces.
I’ve seen examples of this sort of piracy on the streets of China during my many visits there each year. I’ve walked past the stands of counterfeited movies.
Our ability to trade in a rules-based system around the world is critical to your success and our economic success as a nation. And as a former prosecutor, I believe in the full and impartial enforcement of the law.
The Obama administration is well aware of the impact of counterfeiting and piracy on our industries and workers, and we’re working to combat it.
Vice President Joe Biden lauded Hollywood at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening, assailed movie piracy, and promised film executives that the Obama administration would pick "the right person" as its copyright czar.McCullagh also writes, "On copyright, President Obama has signaled a more pro-industry approach than his predecessor, which has alarmed advocates of less restrictive laws," citing the appointment to top DOJ slots of several attorneys who represented copyright owners while in private practice, and its intervention in the Joel Tenenbaum case to defend the constitutionality of statutory damages. As I've explained before, I think this notion that the Obama Administration is somehow taking a new, pro-copyright tack that was missing from previous administrations is about 99% pure hype. The former entertainment industry litigators appointed to DOJ simply won't be spending much, if any, time on copyright matters (and were probably appointed for reasons that have nothing to do with copyright), and the Obama administration's position on statutory damages is exactly the same as the Bush Administration's.
"It's [piracy is] pure theft, stolen from the artists and quite frankly from the American people as consequence of loss of jobs and as a consequence of loss of income," Biden said, according to a White House pool report.
Still, I can't imagine that some of these people were too thrilled about the rhetoric at yesterday's events.