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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."