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Written Statement of Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement
Date:11/7/2007

nd 2005, respectively, resulted in a total of more than 200 search warrants executed in 15 countries; the confiscation of hundreds of computers and illegal online distribution hubs; and the removal of more than 100 million dollars worth of illegally-copied copyrighted software, games, movies, and music from illicit distribution channels. Countries participating in these U.S.-led operations included: France, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Hungary, Israel, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Belgium, and Germany. Together, these operations have resulted in over 100 felony convictions to date.

These and earlier Department-led operations targeting online piracy, are examples of an unprecedented level of international cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of intellectual property crimes. However, when international cooperation alone is insufficient or unsuccessful in bringing these criminals to justice, the Department will use all tools at its disposal to ensure that these crimes do not go unpunished. A recent example is that of Hew Raymond Griffiths, a resident of Australia and the leader of a notorious online piracy group responsible for the distribution of more than $50 million in pirated works. Last February, he became the first individual ever extradited for online piracy offenses as he was brought to the Eastern District of Virginia to face criminal copyright charges. Griffiths had spent more than three years incarcerated in Australia while contesting his extradition. On June 22, 2007, Griffiths was sentenced to 51 months' imprisonment for conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.

-- The Department's International Programs

As Operations FastLink and SiteDown show, prosecuting criminal organizations engaged in large-scale piracy and counterfeiting operations requires the ability to reach beyond America's borders. As global trade and communications networks continue to grow, America's intell
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