Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On DOJ’s Action Against MegaUpload.com And Online Infringement

“Today’s action by the Department of Justice against the leaders of MegaUpload.com shows what law enforcement can do to protect American intellectual property that is stolen through domestic websites.  Unfortunately, there are no tools in the arsenal to protect that same American intellectual property from theft by websites hosted and operated overseas.  Why should we give greater protections to criminals engaging in the same conduct overseas?  Meaningful legislation to stop online infringement and piracy by foreign rogue websites will protect American workers, American consumers and America’s economy.  The PROTECT IP Act would close this gap and offer a meaningful solution to this costly and corrosive problem.”

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