International cooperation and widespread government action is the only way to curve worldwide piracy, delegates attending a recent World Anti-Piracy Enforcement Conference were told.

International cooperation and widespread government action is the only way to curve worldwide piracy, delegates attending a recent World Anti-Piracy Enforcement Conference were told.

Organized by international recording industry's body the IFPI, the seminar held June 29-July 1 in Dublin drew more than 150 law enforcement officers, anti-piracy investigators, record company executives and representatives from other intellectual property rights organizations.

In his opening remarks, Sony Music International president Rick Dobbis called for sustained lobbying of governments that continually fail to adequately enforce intellectual property rights. He also highlighted the need for strong cooperation with allied industries.

The conference featured guest speakers John Newton, crime intelligence officer from international police organisation Interpol, and Maciej Lubik, World Customs Organization regional intelligence liaison officer for Central and Eastern Europe.

Representatives from sister organizations such as U.S. film industry body the MPA also attended. "We all have a stronger sense that we need to work together to enforce the protection of intellectual property rights," head of IFPI's enforcement department Iain Grant tells Billboard.biz. "There are more synergies between organizations, companies, governments and enforcement agencies."

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