Protect IP Act 101


News Advisory from the Net Coalition:

On Thursday, January 19, 2012, NetCoalition Executive Director Markham Erickson will join representatives from the Consumer Electronics Association, the Founder of TechDirt, and the Future of Music Coalition, among others, in discussing the current state of play in the ongoing debate between Hollywood interests and technological innovation.

The PROTECT IP Act (S. 968), known as “PIPA” is just as detrimental to our economic future as the STOP ONLINE PIRACY Act (H.R. 3261) “SOPA”. Speakers will discuss the dangers of PIPA’s private right of action and the burdens it places on legitimate U.S. businesses as well as the crucial free speech and Internet infrastructure concerns raised by countless entrepreneurs, small business owners, venture capitalists, industry associations, human rights advocates, and cyber-security experts.

The PROTECT IP Act, (PIPA) which is seen as a re-write of the contentious Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), was introduced earlier this year by Judiciary Committee Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont.). The Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-Nevada), has announced that he will bring the PROTECT IP Act to the Senate floor on January 24th.

WHERE: Capitol Hill Visitors Center, Room: SVC200 

WHEN: Thursday, January 19th, 9:30 am EST

WHO: Markham Erickson, Partner, Holch & Erickson LLP, and Executive Director, NetCoalition

Michael Petricone, Vice President of Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association

Mike Masnick, Founder and President, TechDirt

Casey Rae-Hunter, Deputy Director, Future of Music Coalition

Christian Dawson, Chief Operating Officer, ServInt