Last May, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the PROTECT IP Act, which aims to reduce the ability for sites dedicated to infringement to profit from piracy. Now that Congress is back in session, House Judiciary chairman Lamar Smith plans to introduce a House version of the bill.

In July, the Senate Judiciary Committee released its report on the proposed legislation. The report includes the bill’s background and legislative history to date, as well as a section-by-section summary and other housekeeping bits.

What’s notable about PROTECT IP is how broad the support for it is. On the political front, the support is bi-partisan and from every level of government, from local to state to federal.

The bill was originally sponsored by  Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN) and Herb Kohl (D-WI).

Since being introduced, it has attracted co-sponsorship from Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Bob Corker (R-TN), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Tom Udall (D-NM).

Private sector support is broad as well; individuals, labor unions, small businesses and large, trade associations, and other organizations have added their voice — including creators and producers in every medium and subject matter covered by copyright.

I’ve put together a list of many of the statements and editorials showing support for PROTECT IP. It’s comprehensive, though I know it’s not complete. And while I certainly want to show the breadth of support for rogue sites legislation, I also think it will be handy for future reference. Many thanks to the MPAA blog for reporting on many of these and providing copies of the letters.

5 Comments

  1. you can add my name to that list! hehe
    I really hope they pass this bill, it looks like it has a better chance than most- to do so.
    Still, don’t rest on your laurels.
    If you’re negitivaly effected by pircay, contact via phone/letter/email your representative to voice your support of this bill.

  2. Sure it has the support of a long list of copyright holders and prosecutors, but that does not mean it is widely supported. It has been described as devastating to innovation by an equally long list of innovators, unconstitutional by a long list of legal scholars, and a who’s who of Internet technologists has warned that it is devastating to the security, utility and universality of the network. But yes, you can assemble a long list of interests who stand to profit from it, if you wish. It won’t go unopposed, though.

  3. You are quite right that Eric Schmnidt has said Google have no intention of following the law if they disagree with it.

  4. I have read the Pro IP Act text several times, and as yet have not found a provision where those who may deliberately choose to not infringe would be impacted by the legislation.

    Likewise, I am still looking for the provision many who are against the legislation rely upon to say with conviction that all websites are at risk.

    Whether or not the legislation is “wise” is an entirely different matter from its “scope”.

  5. To MLS, where “those who deliberately choose to not infringe would be impacted by the legislation.”

    There is incentive and no penalty for making false accusations, there is an enormous potential for new forms of abuse, it creates an international black market for evasive channels, it’s chilling effects are profound, and there has been a lot of valuable activity going on that is not going to be easily given up.
    It would be far better to just leave the Internet alone than to start this fight on the taxpayers dime.

    http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2011/09/technology-entrepreneurs-blast-the-protect-ip-act.html

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