Arlington, Va. – The
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today commended the Obama administration’s
Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (OPIC) Victoria Espinel on the
release of her first strategic plan on intellectual property issues.
The report recognizes
the complexity of intellectual property enforcement, and the importance of a
balanced approach to copyright, CEA said, adding that it specifies that the
purpose of copyright is to promote innovation.
CEA issued a statement
that it “appreciates the report’s recognition of the importance of transparency
in the development of intellectual property policy. CEA urges the
administration to follow this principle in the case of the Anti-Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement, and address the multiple problems being raised by innovators,
civil society advocates, and our international allies.
“America leads the world
in innovation in part because we have a technology-friendly legal system,
including fair use and safe harbors for internet service providers. CEA will
work with the OPIC to preserve this pro-innovation framework, while focusing on
stopping commercial piracy and counterfeiting.”