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Senate Takes Aim at Website Trafficking in Unlicensed Copyrighted Works

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On May 12, 2011, the Senate introduced The PROTECT IP Act, which would give law enforcement more tools to go after web sites dedicated to infringing and counterfeit products. This bipartisan legislation was introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Judiciary Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

“If website operators who deliberately mislead and defraud consumers are allowed to engage in this behavior unhindered, the entire Internet marketplace is at risk,” said Sandra Aistars, the Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance. “We applaud legislative efforts to support millions of American jobs; protect consumers from misleading, fraudulent schemes; and defend legitimate online commerce. These are principles every economic sector and every consumer should be able to agree on.”

Will 10 Be the Lucky Number?

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The Artist-Museum Partnership Act has been reintroduced as H.R. 1190, “The Artist-Museum Partnership Act of 2011,” this time sponsored by Rep. John Lewis [D-GA]. If passed, the act would “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that a deduction equal to fair market value shall be allowed for charitable contributions of literary, musical, artistic, or scholarly compositions created by the donor.”

The Graphic Artists Guild wholeheartedly supports this legislation and has supported all nine previous versions in the House and Senate since its first introduction in 1999. Please visit the Advocacy Alerts page on the Guild web site for information on how you can support this bill.

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