05/23/2011 06:12 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
In a letter addressed to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Ranking Member Chuck Grassley and U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member John Conyers, California Attorney General Kamala Harris echoed the sentiments of 42 colleagues who recently threw their collective weight as U.S. Attorneys General behind legislation to quell the network of rogue websites that constitute the online black market.
California, home to both the original tech and movie capitals of the world - Silicon Valley and Hollywood - continues to have one of the largest constituent bases whose jobs rely on the knowledge-based economy. The state of California maintains its eighth place in the world economy in large part because ingenuity is valued and financial and creative investments are protected. California has pioneered everything from the green revolution, to the surge in IT development, to biomedical research for curing diseases. All of these seemingly disparate groups depend on IP protection to secure their investments for future innovation.
Attorney General Kamala Harris understands that online theft drives a black market that degrades the economic and creative drivers of the state of California. We appreciate her support for federal legislation to address online theft and applaud her commitment to keep innovators innovating.