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AAFA Welcomes PROTECT IP Act Advancement in Senate
May 26, 2011
Arlington, VA – American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today welcomed passage of the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP Act, S. 968) by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and encouraged the House of Representatives to consider ways to strengthen the bill as it moves through the legislative process. The legislation, which would provide law enforcement with added tools to shut down rogue Web sites that sell fake goods, now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
“U.S. apparel and footwear brands are the best in the world, and therefore deserve the strongest protections in the world. Without protections, our brand names are stolen and unsafe products are sold in the marketplace.
“While the current PROTECT IP Act is a significant improvement over previous attempts at legislation to shut down rogue Web sites that sell counterfeit goods, the U.S. apparel and footwear industry believes this bill can be made stronger. We are pleased that language has been included to allow law enforcement the ability to share information with rightsholders.
“AAFA looks forward to working with the House to ensure that the resulting bill provides law enforcement and rightsholders with as many opportunities as possible to protect U.S. namesake brands and the consumers who wear our clothes and shoes.”
On May 12, 2011, AAFA and other stakeholders sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives detailing several ways to further strengthen the PROTECT IP Act. Some of these considerations include adding provisions to allow a company to pursue a private right of action against Internet service providers and search engines, to require “expeditious” action by Internet service providers, and to ensure that Internet search engines that contract with counterfeiters are held accountable. To read the May 12, 2011 letter, visit the AAFA Web site.
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA's mission is to promote and enhance its members' competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, commercial, political, and trade restraints.