Introduction of Protect IP Act
The much anticipated version of the U.S. House of Representatives rogue websites bill was introduced two weeks ago.
- A copy of the bill can be found here:
- And a one-page summary of the act can be found here:
It has been introduced by the following Congressional Representatives:
* House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
* Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.)
* IP Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
* Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) ay
The following Representatives cosponsored the bill:
* Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
* Rep. Mary Bono-Mack (R-Calif.)
* Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)
* Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.)
* Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.)
* Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.)
* Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.)
* Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.)
If your Representative is listed as a sponsor or cosponsor, take a moment to thank him or her.
l was on a call last week with the U.S. Chamber where Senator Leahy's Lead IP Counsel. Aaron Cooper confirmed that there is an increased chance of floor time for the PRTOECT IP Act in November. But he emphasized that this is not a done deal - the opposition can undo our progress if we don't continue to push hard for this legislation. Aaron suggested some particular things we can do, and we need your help to do them. Our industry is being harmed by rogue sites and we want this bill, so you need to make your voice heard NOW. This is the most critical time we have faced.
Specifically, we need your help with the following things:
- Write press releases/blogs/letters to the editor/letters to your Members of Congress expressing support for rogue sites legislation.
- Help recruit Republican co-sponsors in the Senate. The list of prospects for Senate co-sponsorship is in the attached document. If you have connections, use them and let us know! Please email Bradley Hayes at BHayes@uschamber.com.
- Help recruit current existing co-sponsors to personally urge Senator Reid to give the bill floor time. The list of prospects is also in the attached document. Senator Schumer is our highest priority on that list. This is the time to pull out any high-level contacts you have - in the current environment in Congress, people don't get a shot at floor time very often. Again, email Bradley.
- We always want to expand our coalition and broaden the support for rogue sites legislation. If you have contacts with other organizations/think-tanks/third-party groups, please reach out to Andrew Kovalcin at AKovalcin@uschamber.com.
Also, we wanted to share with you the U.S. Chamber's new blog campaign, Reality Check, designed to counter the extreme and irresponsible messages coming from our opposition.
With regard to offices we think could talk to Senator Reid:
* Corker & RIAA
* Alexander (has committed to talk to Reid) - RIAA
* Hatch & Disney/Chamber
* Grassley likely won't move without Hatch
* Whitehouse (committed to talk to Reid)
* Klobuchar (she has mentioned to Reid)
* Bill Nelson
* Bob Casey
* Christopher Coons (committed to talk to Reid)
* Ben Cardin (committed to talk to Reid)
With regard to Senate Republicans who are targets for co-sponsorship:
You can find additional information on the Copyright Alliance website.
PACA Executive Director
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