AFM Supports Introduction of Bill to Combat Piracy

October 27, 2010

On Monday, September 20, 2010, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and senior Republican member Orrin Hatch introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. This legislation will enable the Department of Justice to shut down “rogue websites” that specialize in providing unauthorized downloads, streaming, or sale of copyrighted content and counterfeit goods.

Music and video piracy costs the United States $16.3 billion annually and 375,000 jobs within the entertainment industry. “This bill is a positive step forward in combating piracy and protecting the copyrights of musicians,” said AFM International President Ray Hair. “The American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. and Canada is pleased to see the Senate taking action to address the serious issue of copyright infringement by these rogue sites, and we look forward to working with the Judiciary Committee as the legislation moves forward.”

On Monday, September 20, 2010, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and senior Republican member Orrin Hatch introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. This legislation will enable the Department of Justice to shut down “rogue websites” that specialize in providing unauthorized downloads, streaming, or sale of copyrighted content and counterfeit goods.
Music and video piracy costs the United States $16.3 billion annually and 375,000 jobs within the entertainment industry. “This bill is a positive step forward in combating piracy and protecting the copyrights of musicians,” said AFM International President Ray Hair. “The American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. and Canada is pleased to see the Senate taking action to address the serious issue of copyright infringement by these rogue sites, and we look forward to working with the Judiciary Committee as the legislation moves forward.”