The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed an historic resolution this week that prioritizes the implementation of stronger training, education and enforcement policies across all levels of government to fight the theft of U.S. intellectual property (IP).

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spearheaded the resolution, adopted during the 75th annual meeting of mayors held in Los Angeles. The resolution commits its members to increasing anti-piracy resources to fight global IP theft as well as the criminal organizations involved in the illegal activity.

"The adoption of this resolution serves as a reminder that the theft of copyrighted works affects the smallest of towns and the largest of cities," said Mitch Bainwol, RIAA chairman/CEO. "Piracy costs cities significant tax revenue that could be used for municipal priorities and results in lost jobs and wages for U.S. workers. In addition, city officials must be aware of the exposure to dangerous criminal organizations that actively engage in this theft."

The resolution also calls for its members to implement tighter internal policies and practices that detect and prevent piracy, such as the use of illegal peer-to-peer applications, on government-owned computers.

"This resolution also represents another indication that technology is a viable tool to protect the integrity of computer networks and prevent the theft of copyrighted works," added Bainwol.

Last week, the mayor and city council member Wendy Gruehl convened the first Los Angeles Anti-Piracy Task Force meeting where local, state and federal government representatives, along with law enforcement and entertainment industry officials, joined together to present a comprehensive strategy to curb the theft of music, movies and other copyrighted products throughout the city. The strategy includes education, policy and enforcement components.