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Pols hoist anti-piracy flag

Group to educate lawmakers, work as liaison

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of House members wants Washington to get serious about cracking down on piracy and has decided to take matters into their own hands to help boost the effort.

Reps. Mary Bono (R-Calif.), Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) on Friday announced the formation of the Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention.

The group, which includes 30 other members of all political stripes, pledged to educate other lawmakers and staff about intellectual property rights as they relate to changing technology. It will also help facilitate communication between the White House, executive agencies, the Recording Industry Assn. of America, the MPAA and consumer groups.

“Intellectual property theft is a tremendous threat to the U.S. economy both domestically and abroad. I am hopeful that this caucus will create a forum to address the threat intellectual property rights face as well as the significant contributions these industries make to the U.S. economy,” Wexler said in a statement.