05/26/2011 10:23 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the PROTECT IP Act, sending it to the full Senate for a vote later this summer.
This is a key step forward for this bill and a big win for the millions of Americans in the creative sector whose hard work is stolen every day by rogue websites overseas. Here’s Michael O’Leary’s statement from our press release:
“The Judiciary Committee took an important step today to stop theft and save jobs. By helping shut down rogue websites that profit from stolen films, television shows, and other counterfeit goods, this legislation will protect wages and benefits for the millions of middle class workers who bring America’s creativity to life.
“We thank Chairman Leahy, Senators Hatch and Grassley, and all the cosponsors for their work and support today and we look forward to continuing to work with the Senate and the House to ensure that the final legislation passed by both chambers and presented to the President provides adequate online protection of the American film and television community.”
Read our full release here, which also includes statements from leaders of The Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).
Also check out Chairman Leahy’s press release and statement on the bill here.