[A2k] Tomorrow Hearing on SOPA with a telling witness list!

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Tue Nov 15 10:11:41 PST 2011


Hearing Information

Hearing on: H.R. 3261, the "Stop Online Piracy Act"

Wednesday 11/16/2011 - 10:00 a.m.

2141 Rayburn House Office Building

Full Committee

By Direction of the Chairman


The purpose of this legislative hearing is to examine issues that
relate to H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, which was introduced
October 26, 2011. The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) builds on the
Pro IP Act of 2008 and the Senate’s Protect IP Act introduced earlier
this year. The bill modernizes our criminal and civil statutes to meet
new IP enforcement challenges and protect American jobs. The proposal
reflects a bipartisan and bicameral commitment toward ensuring that
law enforcement and job creators have the necessary tools to protect
American intellectual property from counterfeiting and piracy.

Specifically, H.R. 3261 allows the Attorney General to seek
injunctions against foreign websites that steal and sell American
innovations and products.  The bill increases criminal penalties for
individuals who traffic in counterfeit medicine and military goods,
which put innocent civilians and American soldiers at risk. And it
improves coordination between IP enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Twenty-one Members have joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman
Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), IP
Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Howard Berman
(D-Calif.) in sponsoring the bill. Additional information about the
bill can be found on the House Judiciary Committee website here:

Witness List

Maria Pallante
Register of Copyrights
U.S. Library of Congress

John Clark
Chief Security Officer and VP of Global Security

Michael O'Leary
Senior Executive Vice President
Global Policy and External Affairs

Linda Kirkpatrick
Group Head
Customer Performance Integrity
Katherine Oyama
Policy Counsel

Paul Almeida
Dept. of Professional Employees

Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
manon.ress at keionline.org

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