Vice President Joe Biden Calls Piracy 'Outright Theft'
Vice President Joe Biden Calls Piracy 'Outright Theft'

Vice President Joe Biden has left little doubt where the White House stands on piracy. In response to questions from Variety Biden expanded on his previous comments on piracy, revealing a determination to protect the country's intellectual property and squashed the suggestion that the fight against piracy is simply protecting outdated business models.

Here is a sample of Biden's quotes from the Variety article:

-- "Look, piracy is outright theft. People are out there blatantly stealing from Americans -- stealing their ideas and robbing us of America's creative energies. There's no reason why we should treat intellectual property any different than tangible property."

-- "The fact is, media companies have already taken significant steps to adapt their business models to keep up with changes in how we watch movies and listen to music. Content is being offered to consumers in a variety of different ways that make it easy and cost-effective for people to access legal material. Anyone who does not understand this should simply talk with one of my grandkids."

-- "I think the entertainment industry would agree that they have done a poor job in making their case and need to do better. I mean, they have some of the brightest and most creative people working for them…They should be able to come up with an intelligent, original and effective public education campaign targeting this issue. To be honest, I am not certain they have dedicated the appropriate resources to this, and I hope they will."

Biden has spoken out on piracy before. At a June 2010 press conference with I.P. czar Victoria Espinel, Biden spoke in clear and simple terms. "We used to have a problem in this town saying this. But piracy is theft. Clean and simple."

And the White House has made it clear it is taking seriously the challenges copyright holders face. A recent example is the white paper Obama administration authored in March that proposed some revisions to U.S. copyright law. Notable parts of the paper are the administration's concern that illegal streaming may not be covered by copyright law and the recommendation for the creation of a public performance right for sound recordings.