A Broad Coalition Indeed!

by Kate Spence 05/12/2011 15:19 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

The PROTECT IP Act was introduced to the U.S. Senate today, uniting a group of sometimes disparate voices to advocate for a common purpose: protecting creative workers from online theft.  Democrats, Republicans, unions, guilds, businesses, associations, alliances, federations, studios – all proponents of saving American jobs, investment, and the forward momentum advancing our innovative progress – made their collective impact felt.

The Introducers:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

The Other Sponsors:
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI)
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

The Supporters:
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA)
The Directors Guild of America (DGA)
The American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
Nashville Songwriters Association International
Songwriters Guild of America
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI)
Macmillan Publishers
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Copyright Alliance
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The Copyright Alliance has a list of links to the statements of support from the organizations listed above.  Check it out.

IFTA, NATO and MPAA issued a joint release that includes background on the bill.

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