The Washington Post: A Fair Block on Internet Piracy (Editorial)

In an editorial today, The Washington Post supports efforts in the U.S. Senate to address online piracy, which is estimated to cost the United States billions of dollars every year.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the lead author of the PROTECT IP Act, cosponsored by 40 senators, which proposes reasonable and restrained yet meaningful steps to address online piracy.  The Post’s editorial calls the PROTECT IP Act a “thought-out” and “prudent approach” to addressing the growing problem of online piracy by foreign websites that are beyond the reach of current U.S. lawThe Senate is set to begin debate on the bill on January 24.


“BILLIONS OF DOLLARS are lost each year to online piracy, which stifles the ability of writers, songwriters and others in the creative arts to earn the royalties they are due and drains profits from legitimate manufacturers. Consumers often find themselves saddled with shoddy products and no prospect of obtaining a refund.”


“The Senate’s Protect IP (Intellectual Property) Act is designed to target foreign Web sites that are ‘dedicated to’ and have  ‘no significant use’ beyond copyright or trademark infringement. Defendant Web sites would have the right to contest the allegation and would be subject to further action only if a federal judge determines that the site meets the definition above. A Web site that sold a product that turned out to be counterfeit or unwittingly linked to or posted an item to which it did not have the rights would be shielded from legal action.”


Read the full Washington Post editorial online.

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