by Nicole Flatow
Responding to the concerns of 39 attorneys general over the impact of piracy on the U.S. manufacturing industry, a bipartisan group of senators has asked the Federal Trade Commission to “use all tools at your disposal to fight the theft of and use of stolen American manufacturing information technology (IT) and intellectual property (IP).”
The request comes in response to a November letter from the National Association of Attorneys General that asked the FTC to help the AGs combat piracy by deploying a section of the Federal Trade Commission Act that prohibits unfair methods of competition.
“Competition is the bedrock of free enterprise,” they write. “Competition is unfairly distorted, however, when a manufacturer gains a cost advantage by using stolen information technology, whether in its business operations or manufacturing processes. It offends our sense of fairness when such wrongdoers reap commercial advantage from their illegal acts.”