11/08/2011 09:39 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Since its introduction this past May, the PROTECT IP Act has garnered support from across the country, across industries and possibly most impressively, across the political spectrum. That bi-partisan support continues today as Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and James Risch (R-ID) have become the 39th and 40th co-sponsors to this important piece of legislation. They join the recent additions of Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-AL), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) as momentum for this bill continues to build.
The PROTECT IP Act aims to eliminate the threat that foreign-based rogue websites pose to the American creative community. When these sites steal creative content, it puts the 2.2 million jobs supported by the film and television industry in jeopardy. We sincerely appreciate Senate Judiciary Chairman Leahy and the 39 other co-sponsors of this legislation for recognizing the value of our industry and taking the necessary measures to protect those jobs and prevent the theft of our product.
For a comprehensive look at the problems caused by rogue websites and a complete list of the businesses, labor unions, guilds, law enforcement, and other stakeholders who support taking action, visit the MPAA’s newly launched Rogue Sites Webpage.