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Entertainment Industry Unions and Guilds Commend U. S. Senate for Passing PROTECT IP Act

On May 26, 2011, American 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), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) jointly congratulated Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley, Senator Hatch and the Senate Judiciary Committee for their unanimous vote to pass the PROTECT IP Act.

The Unions and Guilds, representing more than 400,000 entertainment industry workers, also thanked Senators Klobuchar and Cornyn along with Senator Coons for their leadership on S. 978, the Commercial Felony Streaming Act.

The PROTECT IP Act was introduced on May 12, 2011.  The Act provides lawmakers and the creative community with the tools to directly combat digital theft by targeting “rogue websites” - a major source of lost revenue. “Rogue websites” refer to illegal websites that profit from the distribution of copyrighted content or the sale of counterfeit goods. These sites are run by foreign entities that profit on the backs of creative workers and threaten their ability to make a living.

A separate joint statement was released to Chairman Leahy, the co-sponsors of the bill, the members of the Judiciary Committee and their counterparts on the House Judiciary Committee to move this important piece into legislation.