Today marks a major step forward in the fight against rogue websites with introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) in the House of Representatives. Sponsored by Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Howard Berman (D-CA), this counterpart to the Senate’s PROTECT IP bill asks all member of the Internet ecosystem to do their part to prevent online content theft, preventing “rogue” websites from exploiting U.S. registrars, registries, Internet service providers, payment processors, search engines and ad placement services to sustain their illicit online businesses.
We joined with the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®), the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. in applauding the House for standing up for creative community jobs. Here’s what our Michael O’Leary said about the bill:
“Over 2 million Americans across all 50 states earn a living and support their families in jobs connected to the making of motion pictures and television shows. They deserve better than to see their work stolen out from under them by criminals out to make a profit. This legislation hits rogue sites where it hurts: their access to American consumers and to the financial services they use to make money. We want to thank Chairman Smith, Chairman Goodlatte and the other co-sponsors for standing up for good American jobs.”
Read the full press release here.