Concerns remain despite recent changes to proposed online piracy bills
Washington — January 20 —
The Business Software Alliance today welcomed decisions by Senate and House leaders to postpone action on the PROTECT IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act to allow more time for substantive concerns with the proposed online piracy legislation to be carefully considered and addressed.
“This debate has shown how difficult it is to strike the needed balance between creating effective tools to attack online piracy while also fostering technology innovation, protecting free speech, and preserving an open and secure Internet,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “I commend Judiciary Chairmen Leahy and Smith, and many other Members in both chambers of Congress, for their determination to craft legislation that will deter piracy by foreign rogue websites.”
“SOPA and PIPA, as considered in committee, did not achieve the needed balance,” said Holleyman, who outlined BSA’s concerns with SOPA in a November blog post. “There is more still to be done to ensure the bills do no harm to technology innovation and the growth of the Internet. We stand ready to continue working with Members of Congress and other stakeholders as this process moves forward.”
The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.