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Titles (2)

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Short Titles as Introduced

Intellectual Property Enforcement Act of 2007

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Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to amend titles 17 and 18, United States Code, and the Trademark Act of 1946 to strengthen and harmonize the protection of intellectual property, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (1)

11/07/2007 Introduced in Senate

All Actions (3)

11/07/2007 Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
11/07/2007 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S14064-14066)
Action By: Senate
11/07/2007 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S14064)
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (2)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]* 11/07/2007
Sen. Specter, Arlen [R-PA] 11/08/2007

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Judiciary11/07/2007 Referred to
11/07/2007 Hearings by

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Subjects (34)

  • China
  • Compensation for victims of crime
  • Computer crimes
  • Copyright
  • Counterfeiting
  • Criminal investigation
  • Department of Justice
  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Executive reorganization
  • Export controls
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Federal law enforcement officers
  • Forfeiture
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Import restrictions
  • Intellectual property
  • International cooperation
  • Labeling
  • Motion pictures
  • Organized crime
  • Packaging
  • Prosecution
  • Public prosecutors
  • Sentences (Criminal procedure)

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Introduced in Senate (11/07/2007)

Intellectual Property Enforcement Act of 2007 - Authorizes the Attorney General to bring a civil action for copyright infringement in lieu of criminal proceedings.

Directs the Attorney General to: (1) create an operational unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist in the investigation and coordination of intellectual property crimes; (2) implement a program to train FBI agents in the investigation and prosecution of such crimes; (3) assign federal prosecutors to Department of Justice (DOJ) offices in Hong Kong and Budapest to coordinate international enforcement of intellectual property laws; and (4) create a task force to implement a plan to investigate and prosecute international organized crime syndicates involved in theft of intellectual property.

Authorizes additional funding through FY2011 to investigate and prosecute criminal activity involving computers.

Amends federal copyright law to: (1) provide that copyright registration requirements apply to civil (not criminal) infringement actions; (2) require courts to issue protective orders to prevent disclosure of seized records relating to copyright infringement; (3) modify forfeiture provisions relating to criminal copyright infringement; and (4) prohibit importing and exporting of infringing copies of copyrighted works.

Amends the federal criminal code to enhance penalties for: (1) trafficking in counterfeit labels or packaging; (2) criminal infringement of copyrights; (3) unauthorized recording of motion pictures; and (4) trafficking in counterfeit goods or services.

Provides for civil forfeiture of property used to facilitate copyright infringement and for restitution for victims of such infringement.