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RIAA Comment on Rogue Websites Legislative Developments

WASHINGTON: Below is a comment from RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman on Capitol Hill developments regarding rogue websites legislation:

“There is a near universal consensus that cracking down on foreign rogue websites is an important priority for the U.S. government.  The Senate had an opportunity to have a national conversation about an important and urgent issue:  protecting American workers and consumers from foreign criminals.  It is a shame that the Senate will not have that debate next week. 

“This issue is too important, too vital to our economy, to let misleading demagoguery have a veto over meaningful reforms. Everyone, every intermediary in the Internet ecosystem, has a role to play and a responsibility to help. We have been told repeatedly that the tech community agrees that something needs to be done.  We take them at their word, and continue to hope that we can sit down with responsible leaders from that community to devise a solution that will address counterfeiting and theft and, yes, bring the rule of law to the Internet.”

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