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CEA Hails Congressional Move To Pull Votes On SOPA, PIPA

1/20/2012 02:11:37 PM Eastern
Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said it is pleased with the announcement that votes on separate online piracy bills in the Senate and House have been postponed.

The Senate announced the postponement of a vote on the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), and in a related announcement by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) the vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been postponed.

In a prepared statement, Gary Shapiro, president/CEO of the CEA, said, "We appreciate the actions by Senate Majority Leader Reid and House Judiciary Chairman Smith for removing PIPA and SOPA from the agenda. PIPA and SOPA were overly broad bills that would have hurt legitimate businesses, hampered innovation and cost American jobs. We thank all members of Congress who spoke out against PIPA and SOPA."

CEA joined the web protest this week.

Shapiro noted, "This week millions of Americans declared their concern about the PIPA SOPA legislation and their support for the Internet ... The record-setting volume of calls, tweets, posts and emails to Congress spoke to Americans' willingness to engage in this debate to ensure the Internet remains open and vibrant."

He said that the CEA wants a "smart and targeted solution to the issue of foreign ‘rogue' websites that steal American trademarks and copyrights. We believe the OPEN Act can and should be passed immediately as it will allow copyright and trademark owners to act quickly against the worst foreign offenders. We urge the content community to embrace it immediately. We also invite discussions, privately and publicly, on the real issue of rogue websites stealing American trademarks and copyrights."
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