War on Piracy begins

The National Crime Prevention Council, home of McGruff the Crime Dog, is pushing a new campaign to stop piracy and counterfeit goods.

From the press release that accompanied the campaign’s launch:

In just a few moments, we’ll be unveiling a series of television, radio, and Internet messages designed to help get the word out about the dangers of buying counterfeit goods, and the seriousness of intellectual property theft.   These public service announcements will raise awareness about the ways in which members of the public can help us to more effectively prevent and combat these crimes, protect potential victims, and bring criminals to justice.  And, with holiday shopping season now upon us, this information could hardly be hitting the airwaves at a more appropriate time.

So, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind consumers to exercise caution when looking for bargains and discounts on the Internet.  To put it simply: If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

While the program is all well and good, beyond propaganda and tax dollars being spent, there is some concern that the timing of this program is a little too hand-in-hand with the federal SOPA and PIPA bills that are floating around our legislation at the behest of copyright lobbyists without input from the technology industry or even Congressional technology/telecomm committees.

Fortunately, we can all be part of the solution.   Anyone who suspects an IP crime can visit cybercrime.gov, fbi.gov, or iprcenter.gov to report suspected offenses.   The public’s proactive attention to these issues can help us to disrupt the sale of illegal goods; to prosecute the individuals, gangs, and international criminal organizations that profit from these activities; and to stop those who would exploit the ingenuity of others for monetary gain.

(via Ars Technica)

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Posted by Jason Hamilton | December 1, 2011  |  No Comment

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