Piracy Act takes aim at illegal downloaders

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) announced its support of comprehensive intellectual property enforcement legislation introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Howard Berman (D-CA), which is designed to shut down foreign websites that profit from U.S. films, television shows and other content.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261), which considers the role of all players in the online ecosystem and aims to follow the money supporting online theft, could help stem the loss of thousands of jobs resulting from the illegal online distribution of content. The bill was also co-sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Mary Bono-Mack (R-CA), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR), Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE).

IFTA is working alongside the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and a growing coalition of entertainment union workers and organizations, businesses and labor groups involved in the production, sale and distribution of creative content in support of the legislation.