House Backs Serious IP Protection Bill, 410-11 Vote

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The United States House of Representatives has now passed an intellectual property protection initiative.

The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP; H.R. 4279) Act passed 410-11 on Thursday, a lopsided tally that reflects serious support for the measure.

The bill steps up intellectual property protections on a number of fronts, increases penalties for infringing parties, and creates a White House protection representative.  That represents a victory for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which has been pushing aggressively for passage.  Meanwhile, the Senate is also considering a similar initiative, one that will potentially receive approval within the next few months.