Washington, D.C./Los Angeles -- Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPPA) President and Interim CEO Bob Pisano welcomed the Department of Justice's announcement today that almost $4 million was sent to law enforcement agencies around the country to improve their ability to investigate, prosecute and prevent intellectual property infringement. This is the second year of funding by Congress and their respective Appropriations Committees, pursuant to the federal Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (PRO-IP) enacted in 2008.
"We appreciate the Justice Department's continuing commitment to combat intellectual property infringement and its dedication to protecting the rights of American creators who contribute greatly to our nation's economic growth," Pisano said. "These generously funded grants complement ongoing efforts by Congress, most recently through the introduction of the ‘Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act' and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's ‘Operation In Our Sites' initiative. The motion picture industry, along with all U.S. creative industries, leads the U.S. economy in contributing to job growth, and protecting the economic engine these industries represent from theft is critical."
The announcement of the awards was made at the opening of a one-day training summit, Real Crime - Real American Jobs: Why You Should Care about Intellectual Property Rights, for law enforcement, policy-makers and industry representatives in Pasadena, Calif. In 2008, the industry was responsible for 2.4 million jobs, over $140 billion in direct and indirect wages to American workers and $16 billion in income and sales taxes.
The grantees include:
• County of Fresno (Fresno, Calif.) ($49,992)
• Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (Los Angeles, Calif.) ($200,000)
• County of Sacramento (Sacramento, Calif.) ($200,000)
• Miami Shores Village (Miami Shores, Fla.) ($64,885)
• Attorney General's Office, Mississippi, (Jackson, Miss.) ($166,365)
• North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State (Raleigh, N.C.) ($199,978)
• Bronx County District Attorney (Bronx, N.Y.) ($113,103)
• New York City (New York City, N.Y.) ($192,200)
• The New York County District Attorney's Office (New York City, N.Y.) ($199,800)
• Houston Police Department (Houston, Texas) ($200,000)
• City of San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas) ($200,000)
• Chesterfield County, Va. (Chesterfield, Va.) ($200,000)
• Virginia Department of State Police (Richmond, Va.) ($149,907)
Awards were also made to the City of Los Angeles Police Department, the National Crime Prevention Council, The National Association of Attorneys General and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).