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IATSE President Loeb Addresses Vice President Biden and High Level Officials on Piracy

Photo caption: Vice President Biden with IA President Loeb

On December 18, 2009 in Washington, DC, International President Matthew Loeb spoke to a high level government panel of administration officials about the importance of protecting those employed in the motion picture, television and sound recordings industry from digital theft and counterfeiting.  

The panel, led by Vice President Joe Biden, included Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, FBI Director Robert Mueller, US Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, US Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and newly appointed Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel.  Also present were executives of several major studios, broadcast networks, record labels, and publishing houses.

The round table discussion, the first of its kind, emphasizes the Obama administration’s commitment to combat digital theft amid rapidly changing technology.