Biden Battles Pirates

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has been applauded by the Hollywood studios and recording companies for his anti-piracy stance.

Biden, alongside U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, introduced a government report that included more than 30 recommendations to combat piracy June 17.

“We used to have a problem in this town saying this,” Biden told reporters, according to CNET News. “But piracy is theft. Clean and simple. It’s smash and grab. It ain’t no different than smashing a window at Tiffany’s and grabbing [merchandise].”

Espinel issued a warning to those who infringe on U.S. intellectual property rights, according to CNET. “We have committed to putting you out of business.”