COLUMBUS – Qiang “Michael” Bi, 36, of Powell was sentenced in United States District Court here to 30 months incarceration for selling more than 35,000 illegally copied computer games over the Internet between 2005 and 2009. He will also be required to make restitution to the companies who created the games. The amount of restitution is yet to be determined.  For details, please see at: http://www.cybercrime.gov/biSent.pdf  [more]

Releasing the Joint Strategic Plan to Combat Intellectual Property Theft

I am pleased to announce that today we unveiled the Administration’s first Joint Strategic Plan to combat intellectual property theft.  The U.S. economy leads the world in innovation and creativity thanks to American inventors, artists and workers.  Our ability to develop new technology, designs and artistic works supports jobs and allows us to export great new products and services around the world. Our citizens need to feel confident that they can invest in new innovation and...[more]

Internet Seller of Pirated Software Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Criminal Copyright Infringement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 28, 2010 10-630 Criminal Division Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs  Robert Cimino, 60, of Syracuse, N.Y., was sentenced to 18 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia for his sales of more than $250,000 worth of pirated software, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia. Cimino was...[more]

New Report of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of WIPO

A very interesting document of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights was placed on the WIPO website. The document is called “STUDY ON THE SOCIOECONOMIC DIMENSION OF THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF SIGNALS – PART II:  UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO BROADCAST CONTENT – CAUSE AND EFFECTS:  A GLOBAL OVERVIEW.  Sourse: WIPO website [more]