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4th of July Brings Protest of PROTECT-IP Act

Publication Date: 
July 07, 2011
Source: 
International Business Times
Author: 
James Lee Phillips

Professor Mark Lemley is mentioned in this International Business Times article by James Lee Philips for his role on co-writing a letter signed by over 100 law professors opposing the proposed PROTECT IP Act.

In honor of the United States' Independence Day, over 100 law professors have sent the United States Congress a letter in opposition to the proposed PROTECT IP Act.

"Although the problems the Act attempts to address -- online copyright and trademark infringement -- are serious ones presenting new and difficult enforcement challenges," the letter begins, "the approach taken in the Act has grave constitutional infirmities, potentially dangerous consequences for the stability and security of the Internet's addressing system, and will undermine United States foreign policy and strong support of free expression on the Internet around the world."

The PROTECT-IP Act (“Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011", or S. 968) was introduced in May of 2011 by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, a rewrite of his COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, or S.3804) which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously but was effectively killed on the Senate floor by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

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The protest letter was written by David Post of Temple University, and Mark Lemley and David Levine of Stanford, and signed by "108 professors from 31 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico who teach and write about intellectual property, Internet law, innovation, and the First Amendment."