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Senator blocks controversial copyright bill

Grant Gross, IDG News Service | May 28, 2011
Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, blocked a controversial copyright bill from going to a vote on the Senate floor.

“Copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods can cost American businesses billions of dollars, and result in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs,” Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat and lead sponsor of the bill, said Thursday.

U.S. law enforcement agencies are limited in their ability to combat infringing Websites operated overseas, Leahy added in a statement. “American consumers are too often deceived into thinking the products they are purchasing at these Websites are legitimate because they are easily accessed through their home’s Internet service provider, found through well known search engines, and are complete with corporate advertising, credit card acceptance, and advertising links that make them appear legitimate,” he said.

Wyden blocked a similar bill, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, or COICA, after the Senate Judiciary Committee passed it in late 2010. COICA would have expanded federal agencies’ power to seize the domain names of allegedly infringing Websites.

 

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