CCIA-CEA-NC Letter on PIPA draft_10.24

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                                         October 24, 2011

Via Facsimile and E-Mail
The Honorable Lamar Smith                         The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
Chairman                                          Ranking Member
Committee on the Judiciary                        Committee on the Judiciary
House of Representatives                          House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515                              Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Bob Goodlatte                       The Honorable Mel Watt
Chairman                                          Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Intellectual Property,            Subcommittee on Intellectual Property,
Competition, and the Internet                     Competition, and the Internet
Committee on the Judiciary                        Committee on the Judiciary
House of Representatives                          House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515                              Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Smith and Representatives Conyers, Goodlatte, and Watt:

       We want to thank you for convening a meeting on Friday in regard to the legislative
proposal to address rogue foreign websites that infringe the rights of U.S. IP owners. We also
appreciate the time your staff has devoted to this important and complex issue.

        We regard this initial meeting as a productive step toward building consensus around a
solution, and we urge that the Committee await introducing legislation until the affected
stakeholders can comment meaningfully on the specifics of the approach. One point of
consensus that appeared to emerge in Friday’s meeting was that in an area as complex as Internet
regulation, the specific text by which the framework is implemented matters greatly. Thus, the
stakeholders who stand to be directly affected by the regulatory framework under consideration
should be consulted on the text.

        For this reason, we urge you to reconvene affected stakeholders and experts when a draft
has been prepared, and utilize the input that they may provide before introducing legislation.
Our industries remain committed to working with all stakeholders to craft a legislative proposal
that addresses this issue without undue collateral damage.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Computer & Communications
                                                Industry Association (CCIA)
                                             Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
                                             NetCoalition

				
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