Federal efforts to coordinate protection of intellectual property from piracy and counterfeiting have been largely unsuccessful. And they are being undertaken by a council that “lacks clear leadership” and “struggles to define its purpose,” according to a congressional report.

The Government Accountability Office reported earlier this month in a Senate hearing that a congressionally mandated group created in 1999 has done little more than produce three annual reports that catalog the actions of individual agencies and has met infrequently.

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