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ITIF Urges Senate Action to Combat Digital Piracy

In written testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro made the case for balanced but aggressive action to combat online piracy.

In testimony submitted for the record for a February 16 hearing focused on “Targeting Websites Dedicated To Stealing American Intellectual Property,” Castro argued that proposed legislation to combat piracy, “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA), will not undermine free speech or inhibit innovation on the Internet but it will curtail an illegal, costly and increasingly widespread activity. The legislation was authored by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in 2010.