CHARLESTON -- West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw, along with 41 other state attorneys general, is urging Congress to make intellectual property theft, particularly online, a legislative priority.

The attorneys general argue that counterfeit and infringement operations cost the global economy upwards of $600 billion each year and 2.5 million jobs in the world's 20 major economies.

In a letter to Congress on Monday, McGraw and the other attorneys general asked lawmakers to introduce and enact legislation that would cut off international counterfeiting and pirating sites from the American marketplace.

Similar legislation, S. 3804, was introduced in Congress last year.

The letter was addressed to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate and House judiciary committees, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont; Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas; and Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Michigan.

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