Feds To Push More Online Copyright Crackdowns

White House intellectual property czar Victoria Espinel told a conference Monday that there will be more domain seizures for online copyright infringement, Politico reported.

"We are going after the piraters and counterfeiters," Espinel said at a Brookings Institution conference on Internet policy, adding that intellectual property infringement poses a "direct threat" to consumers and costs jobs, Politico reported.

CyberMonday saw Homeland Security seize about 80 websites selling counterfeit products and providing access to pirated movies.

"The innovative use of the tools currently available to law enforcement to seize these domain names is similar to the remedy that would be specifically authorized under the bipartisan Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act for websites that are registered in the United States," said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who sponsored the legislation, Politico reported.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation stated "Although it is ostensibly focused on copyright infringement, an enormous amount of noninfringing content, including political and other speech, could disappear off the Web if it passes, an earlier article on the COICA being blocked stated.

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.