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Senate panel approves PROTECT IP Act (PoliticoPro)
In a triumph for America’s content producers and goods makers, Sen. Patrick Leahy’s legislation aimed at cracking down on websites that offer pirated material and products unanimously passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote on Thursday.
“Copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods can cost American businesses billions of dollars, and result in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs,” said Leahy (D-Vt.), who shepherded the bill, in a statement. “Protecting intellectual property is not uniquely a Democratic or Republican priority — it is a bipartisan priority… [subscription required]