Copyright LawAssignment of Responsibilities
Supervisory responsibility for prosecutions brought under 17 U.S.C.
506, and 18 U.S.C. §§ 2318, 2319, 2319A and 2320 rests with the
Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division.
responsibility for complaints arising under these sections rests with the
Bureau of Investigation. Violations involving the importation of infringing
works, labels, packaging and goods may also be investigated by the United
Prior authorization of the Criminal Division is not required for
instituting prosecutions under Title 17 of the United States Code. However,
because such prosecutions frequently involve technical and complex
of the copyright laws, United States Attorneys are encouraged to consult the
Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section for assistance.
is particularly important in cases which are likely to go to trial.
[cited in USAM 9-71.001]