While the Attorney General of Utah Mark Shurtleff came out strongly against rogue websites and in support of SOPA and PIPA, he is not the only distinguished member of the law enforcement community to support these bills. The fact is law enforcement organizations, which are on the front lines managing the increasing dangers of foreign owned or operated websites, strongly support both bills.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of a public education campaign to increase Americans’ knowledge of the threat IP crimes pose to America’s economic prosperity and public safety. In addition, 15 leading public safety and law enforcement groups including the National Criminal Justice Association, the National Troopers Association, and the National District Attorneys Association, urged Congress to support and enact SOPA and the PROTECT IP Act.
And since they’re those out there so caught up with the use of words, let’s take a look at some of the language law enforcement has used to shower support on PIPA and SOPA. The President of the Fraternal Order of Police said the PROTECT IP ACT “would strengthen the ability of the United States to take action against foreign ‘rogue’ websites that traffic in counterfeit and pirated products,” while the National Association of Attorneys General urged Congress to enact these bills because “legislation is needed to disrupt the counterfeiting and pirate business model by cutting those sites off from the American marketplace.” The President of the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association, which represents 63 of the largest police departments in the nation, called on ISP’s to join in the fight against rogue websites who “routinely violate the intellectual property of U.S. companies and individuals.”
Their assessment of the severity of illegal activity committed by rogue websites is reflected in the 2011 seizure statistics issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Office of International Trade, which notes that “[t]heft of intellectual property is a serious crime,” and details the type and extent of seizures of counterfeit products, including pharmaceuticals.