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.”