Chamber Urges Congress to Support Rogue Sites Legislation to Create Jobs

Yesterday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a Labor Day letter to the President and members of Congress delineating six policy steps that would ensure American job growth without adding to the mounting deficit.Protection of intellectual property (IP) is detailed as a top priority. Specifically, the letter urges Congress to enact rogue sites legislation and patent reform to protect the 19-million Americans working in IP-intensive industries, as well as give the 25 million unemployed and underemployed Americans a fighting chance at actually securing stable, well-paying work.

By no means is job creation easy, but there are some steps that can be taken right now to get us back on track. Congress already has the tools, in the form of the PROTECT IP Act and America Invents Act, to strengthen American industries and their ability to employ; now they just need to use them. The Global Intellectual Property Center urges policymakers to tackle the rogue websites issue. Rogue sites threaten American jobs, circumvent international IP laws by stealing private property, and harm unsuspecting consumers. Operators of rogue sites do not provide American jobs, they do not pay taxes, they do not follow laws, and they do not care who they hurt. We ask that Congress stand up to these leeches of U.S. innovation and enact rogue sites legislation today.

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