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CEA Warns S.3804 Bill Poses Threat

9/28/2010 09:45:22 AM Eastern
Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) sent an open letter to U.S. senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) calling for regular order on S. 3804, the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA).

In the letter, CEA was joined with a number of organizations concerned with eroding fair-use rights, including the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), NetCoalition and Public Knowledge. 

The groups asked Congress to consider the bill's "numerous legal, political and technical issues," which, if left unresolved, "could harm consumers, educational institutions, innovative technologies, economic growth and global Internet freedom."

The signatories expressed concern that the type of careful deliberation required on S. 3804 cannot be accomplished in the waning days of this session of Congress and encouraged the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold "a hearing on S. 3804, with testimony from impacted industries and user constituencies."

The groups have pledged their support for intellectual property laws that "can be enforced while preserving free speech, due process, and the stability, freedom and economic potential of the Internet."
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