The House Judiciary Committee today passed by voice vote the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, called the PRO IP Act, without amendment.

The bill (H.R. 4279) authorizes additional resources and personnel to investigate, enforce and prosecute intellectual property rights infringers; enhances civil and criminal IP laws; and establishes enhanced coordination and strategic planning of federal efforts against counterfeiting and piracy.

"Music publishers and songwriters are grateful for the work of the House Judiciary Committee and its chairman, John Conyers, and ranking member, Lamar Smith, in moving this important bill through the process," says David Israelite, president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., in a statement.

"This bill will go a long way towards making sure law enforcement agencies have what they need to get the job done on both domestic and international fronts. I urge the full House of Representatives to consider this legislation soon."