The US’ intellectual property enforcement coordinator Victoria Espinel has published a report promising new proposals to battle online piracy and IP infringement, which will be sent to the US Congress “in the very near future”. Details are scarce for the time being on the nuts and bolts of the proposed legislation, although the report does claim that FBI and Homeland Security infringement investigations rose by 40% between 2009 and 2010 – one of the key drivers behind the new laws. The report also refers to protecting “legitimate uses of the Internet”, although CNET points out that it does not mention the right to make fair use of copyrighted material.

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