TechNet Statement on Protecting Copyrighted Material

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Washington, DC – TechNet, the leading network of CEOs and senior executives from the innovation sector, today released the following statement on the importance of protecting copyrighted material as the U.S. Senate holds a hearing today on the matter.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today is holding a hearing entitled “Targeting Websites Dedicated to Stealing American Intellectual Property.” At the end of the 111th Congress, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement & Counterfeits Act (COICA), which was aimed at reducing the incidence of online copyright infringement.

“TechNet supports the goal of protecting copyrighted material and preventing internet users from downloading copyright protected material without compensating rights-holders,” said Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet. “However, we believe the path taken in COICA to address this problem is broad in its approach, may raise technical difficulties in implementation, and therefore could have harmful unintended consequences.

“In light of these concerns, TechNet urges the Committee to proceed cautiously with legislation modeled on COICA. TechNet recommends the Committee engage in additional dialogue and fact-finding with the technology industry on the technical and policy issues raised by COICA.”

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