Starting Soon: Hearing on IPR, Copyrights

By December 13, 2007Innovation

Thursday 12/13/2007 – 10:00 AM
2141 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
Hearing on H.R. 4279, the “Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007”

BusinessWeek has a good preview story here.

Rick Cotton, general counsel for NBC Universal and chair of the coalition, said Wednesday the bill is “a declaration of war against the global counterfeiters and global pirates.”

NBC Universal is 80 percent owned by General Electric Co. and 20 percent by Vivendi, the Paris-based entertainment company.

Cotton will argue in testimony Thursday before a House Judiciary subcommittee, chaired by Berman, that copyright-enforcement resources and penalties need to increase to counter technological advances that have made large-scale production of pirated and counterfeit goods easier.

James P. Hoffa, general president of the Teamsters union, is also scheduled to testify in favor of the bill.

Yay, Teamsters!

The NAM issued a news release praising the bill upon its introduction.

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