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The theft of copyrighted works like music, movies, books, software and games is a devastating problem. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates such theft costs our nation’s economy roughly $58 billion in total output every year; more than 370,000 domestic jobs; $16.3 billion in earnings; and $2.6 billion in tax revenue for state, local, and federal governments.

This rampant theft inhibits the ability of American businesses to invest and innovate — and stifles the capacity of American artists and creators to earn a living, support their families, and invest in their own creative development.

Slick, professional-looking websites that operate without the authorization of, or compensation to, artists and producers have increasingly become a tool of thieves around the world. Such sites deceive consumers because they carry advertisements for Fortune 500 companies and process transactions with major credit cards. S. 3804 would give the Department of Justice an expedited process for cracking down on such rogue entities. The Justice Department would target the most egregious pirate websites, go to a federal court with the evidence, and then seize the domain name. Once a site has been seized, the Court would issue an order to intermediaries — such as ISPs, payment processors, Internet registries and registrars, advertisers, etc. — that prohibits them from doing business with such rogue sites.

This legislation represents a significant step forward in our nation’s approach to our piracy and counterfeiting crisis. Please support this important measure.
Let your voice be heard. Click this link to send this letter to your senators: http://www.capwiz.com/musicrightsnow/issues/alert/?alertid=17423516&type=CO

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