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          BASCAP commends IPEC coordinator role to step up fight against fakes

          • Paris, 16 December 2014

          The International Chamber of Commerce, through its Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative, has welcomed confirmation hearings to select a United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), a role created under legislation of US Senator Patrick Leahy which has proven to be a catalyst for accelerating and amplifying the actions of the numerous agencies and industries involved in reducing intellectual property (IP) infringement.

          US Senator Patrick Leahy said smart solutions were needed for the copyright whack-a-mole problem

          BASCAP was a strong supporter of the creation of this post and has advocated for the creation of similar roles in other countries where the development of policies and deployment of resources has otherwise remained fragmented.

          "The confirmation hearing marks an important step towards refilling the critical White House-based position of Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator," said BASCAP Director Jeffrey Hardy. "The office of the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator is of major importance in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy, both in the US and globally. We commend the comments made by Senator Leahy during the confirmation hearing, recognizing the important role of the IPEC in promoting voluntary cooperation between rights holders and intermediaries in both physical and digital supply chains. As Senator Leahy said, 'every business that operates in the Internet ecosystem has a role to play.

          Chairing a confirmation hearing for Daniel Marti, nominated to serve as Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), Senator Leahy said that the role of IPEC was particularly important in addressing counterfeiting and infringement online, and that every business operating in the Internet ecosystem had a role to play.

          "Smart solutions are also needed for the "whack-a-mole" problem that plagues copyright holders online, where illegal content or sites are taken down only to spring back up again moments later in a new location," he said.

          Along with trade liberalization, the growth of sophisticated logistics networks and the ability to share information through data networks and the Internet have dramatically increased the volume of products and information moving around the world and multiplied the number of supply chain intermediaries.

          "Legitimate providers in these supply chains have taken positive steps to prevent infiltration of fake goods, but the scale and nature of the challenges mean that services have to continually improve their defences to prevent their capabilities from being hijacked to support illegal activity," Mr Hardy said.

          BASCAP is hopeful that the US government will move quickly to fill the position of IPEC Coordinator because the role is essential for sustained coordination among federal agencies and enhanced sharing of information, both internally at the government level but also externally with stakeholders.

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