MPAA chief Dan Glickman has welcomed the announcement thatPresident Bush has created a new anti-piracy czar as the high-profile waragainst counterfeit films continues.

"I heartily applaud the President for today's action andappreciate the Administration's commitment to fighting and winning the battleagainst intellectual property theft," Glickman said in a statement.

"Our industry alone loses billions each year to piracy. I particularlyappreciate the stated commitment to reducing piracy in China, where we have asevere problem.

"The MPAA stands ready to cooperate and assist in this effort inany way we can."

The new positionis the coordinator for international intellectual property enforcement.