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.
- 05/12/11 — Joint statement of theAmerican Federation of Musicians (AFM), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing over 400,000 “creators, performers, and craftspeople.”
- 05/12/11 — Independent Film and Television Alliance, Motion Picture Association of America, and National Association of Theatre Owners. Letter (PDF).
- 05/12/11 — National Music Publishers Association.
- 05/12/11 — Nashville Songwriters Association International. Letter (DOC).
- 05/12/11 — Recording Industry Association of America.
- 05/12/11 — Graphic Artists Guild.
- 05/12/11 — Copyright Alliance.
- 05/12/11 — US Chamber of Commerce.
- 05/12/11 — Viacom.
- 05/12/11 — NBCUniversal.
- 05/16/11 — National Association of Attorneys General, with signatures from 42 state attorneys general. Letter (PDF).
- 05/20/11 — Kamala Harris, California Attorney General. Letter (PDF).
- 05/23/11 — Software & Information Industry Association. Letter (PDF).
- 05/24/11 — Floyd Abrams, noted First Amendment expert. Letter (PDF).
- 05/25/11 — Cinemark USA (TX). Letter (PDF).
- 05/25/11 — Cobb Theaters (AL). Letter (PDF).
- 05/27/11 — Governor Beverly Perdue (NC). Letter (PDF).
- 06/13/11 — Governor Gary Herbert (UT). Letter (PDF).
- 06/13/11 — Cinema Centers (PA). Letter (PDF).
- 06/14/11 — Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
- 06/14/11 — Politico editorial from Arts+Labs co-chairman and former White House press secretary for President Bill Clinton Mike McCurry.
- 06/20/11 — Hallett Cinemas (WA). Letter (PDF).
- 06/21/11 — Governor Dannel Malloy (CT). Letter (PDF).
- 06/24/11 — Internet engineer George Ou article DNS Filtering is Essential to the Internet, countering technical criticisms of PROTECT IP.
- 06/24/11 — Logan Luxury Theatres (SD). Letter (PDF).
- 07/08/11 — Oregonian editorial from Concord Music Group president Glen Barros in support of PROTECT IP.
- 07/12/11 — State International Development Organizations, which supports state international trade agencies. Letter (PDF).
- 07/13/11 — Institute for Policy Innovation.
- 07/21/11 — California Healthcare Institute. Letter (PDF).
- 08/02/11 — The National District Attorneys Association, which represents over 39,000 of America’s state and local prosecutors. Letter (PDF).
- 08/21/11 — Eagles’ songwriter Don Henley editorial in USA Today.
- 08/23/11 — Washington Post editorial in support of PROTECT IP.