US President Barack Obama has unveiled a government-wide intellectual property strategy to crack down on the sale counterfeit goods across America. The recent change in policy has come just days after the president learned that not only are imitation Nikes and iPods being sold in the United States, but also a counterfeit version of the ingenious new product, the Kashtray, is also in the process of being produced.While this couterfeit Kashtray claims to be the original, the fact that it is still only in the prototype phase proves otherwise. The original Kashtray, which is produced and distributed by Ingenious Imports, has been on the market for some time, and is already cleaning pipes across the United States.The federal government warns that dealing counterfeit or pirated goods is a federal offense and carries with it penalties including jail time and high fines. The Feds hope that the Combating Online Counterfeit and Infringement Act will soon be passed, giving them more power to stop such activities.
On Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said, "We can no longer sit on the sidelines while American intellectual property is stolen and sold online using our own infrastructure. This costs American jobs, hurts our economy, and puts consumers at risk."