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AFTRA Members Applaud Senate Judiciary Committee
Passage of IP Enforcement Bill

September 11, 2008 (WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Legislation to protect American innovation and address intellectual property rights enforcement was advanced today in the United States Senate Judiciary Committee clearing the way for its consideration by the full Senate. 

The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008, S. 3325, was first introduced by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), on July 24, 2008.

“AFTRA members express their thanks to Senators Leahy, Specter, Bayh, Voinovich, Feinstein, and Cornyn, and the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing S. 3325,” said Terrie Bjorklund, AFTRA National Associate General Counsel for Copyright and Intellectual Property. “This important legislation comes at a time when AFTRA members and all Americans who earn their living as performers and creative artists need the protections of S. 3325.  We encourage the Senate to act quickly to pass this legislation.”   

Key components of the legislation include: authorization for the Attorney General to enforce civil copyright laws; enhancements to civil intellectual property laws; enhancements to criminal intellectual property laws; coordination and strategic planning of federal efforts against counterfeiting and piracy; and increased resources for key programs within the Department of Justice to combat intellectual property theft. 

Similar legislation passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year.

About AFTRA

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. More than 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists are moving forward together through AFTRA to protect and improve our jobs, lives, and communities. AFTRA members embrace change in society—from new culture to new technology—and incorporate change in our work and craft. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet, and other digital media. Visit AFTRA at www.aftra.com.

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