Title 17 Amendments for China [7:13 pm]
China has “got to start putting people in jail” to show it is serious about cracking down on widespread counterfeiting and piracy that costs U.S. companies billions of dollars in lost sales every year, a top Bush administration official said.
In an interview before his fourth and final official trip to China, outgoing U.S. Commerce Secretary Don Evans said he would press Chinese leaders to make sure intellectual property theft of goods ranging from music and films to birth control pills and brake pads is treated as a serious crime.
“They have made good progress on this front, but there’s more work to be done,” Evans said. “That means criminalizing the laws as opposed to (having) just civil laws that slap some simple little fine on companies and they go on down the road. You’ve got to start putting people in jail.”