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RIAA Applauds New Senate Bill Targeting Rogue Foreign Sites Trafficking In Illegal Music And Movies

WASHINGTON -- The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) issued the following statement by Chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol on bipartisan legislation introduced today by U.S. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to combat illegal sites hosted overseas that traffic in pirated and counterfeit U.S. goods.

The legislation, "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act," is cosponsored by Senators Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio).

“The trafficking of pirated American movies and music from rogue websites outside our borders is a big business,” said Bainwol. “This bill is a welcome first step toward cutting off the financial lifeline that sustains these illegal operations and threatens the livelihoods of countless members of the American music community. While improvements can be made to strengthen its effectiveness, this legislation is a good start and we applaud Chairman Leahy, Senator Hatch and other co-sponsors for casting a spotlight on a critically needed reform and for their continued leadership in protecting American ingenuity and creativity.”

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