WASHINGTON — Congress is going after counterfeit merchandise and pirated products sold online by “rogue Web sites” in a new bill introduced Monday by a bipartisan group of senators.
Sens. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), the two lead co-sponsors of the legislation, said the bill will crack down on Web sites that primarily engage in online piracy and counterfeiting and are often foreign owned and operated. It would give the Department of Justice an expedited process to clamp down on Web sites dedicated to selling infringing goods and services and counterfeits, give authority to Justice officials to file civil action against domain names repeatedly selling counterfeits or providing online piracy and go after foreign site operators.
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