Cities concerned about the grave impact of content theft on jobs and the economy

by Vans Stevenson 07/05/2011 13:47 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

One place where job loss always hits especially hard is in America’s cities.  When it comes to protecting and creating jobs and strengthening our economy, our mayors and city officials are the boots on the ground: the first line of defense for vulnerable citizens and businesses.  With films and television shows now being made in cities and towns in all 50 states, supporting more than 2.4 million jobs and over $140 billion in total wages, who better to understand movie theft’s risk to jobs and local economies than city officials?

Now, the National League of Cities (NLC), which advocates for more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns across America, is calling attention to the urgent need to fight online content theft.  In an article in its weekly publication, Nation’s Cities Weekly, NLC’s Mitchel Herckis updated its members on the status of the PROTECT IP Act and other legislation related to cybersecurity, noting that “NLC’s National Municipal Policy supports federal efforts to address cyberspace crimes such as Web piracy, which has a detrimental impact on jobs and the economy.” 

NLC also announced that its Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) Committee “intends to propose a resolution on cybersecurity and online criminal activity at the 2011 Congress of Cities,” and we applaud NLC for its efforts to address this grave threat to local economies.

NLC’s strong statement comes not long after last month’s resolution by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in support of the PROTECT IP Act at its Annual Meeting in Baltimore.  The resolution expressed the Conference’s support for efforts to fight content theft and said its members would work with Congress and other stakeholders to pass the PROTECT IP Act and related legislation.  

America’s cities get that content theft costs jobs.  Their support will be invaluable in this fight.

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