Momentum continues to build for the passage of S. 968, the “PROTECT IP Act of 2011,” a critically needed legislative step towards taking down illicit foreign websites that illegally sell counterfeit products and creative works like American music.
We are encouraged by today’s news that the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s 18 members have unanimously approved the bipartisan bill, which has already garnered a chorus of support from a large variety of copyright contingent communities. Just yesterday we, alongside some fifteen other music minded groups, joined more than 170 interested businesses, trade associations, and professional and labor organizations – from the American Board of Internal Medicine to the Bose Corporation, Greeting Card Association, Johnson & Johnson, the NBA & NFL, Revlon, Rosetta Stone Inc., the Xerox Corporation and MANY more – to endorse the passage of S. 968 in the Senate. And the support list does not end there. We also note that Microsoft, country and gospel music associations, film and music industry guilds and unions and motion picture and television organizations and studios separately spoke up this week to champion the legislation and add to the already extensive body of support for PROTECT IP.
The depth and breadth of support for this bill is striking – both within major industries and unions, and across the political aisle. This unanimous vote is yet another indication of that. This is the beginning of the legislative process and there’s a lot of work to be done, but a bill cracking down on rogue websites will become law. We thank the Senate Judiciary Committee leadership for its work and look forward to working with the Senate and the House as they continue to advance this legislation and other effective proposals to protect American creation and innovation from digital theft.
Mitch Bainwol, Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America