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Legislation: Panel Representing Array Of Industries Calls For Support Of The Protect IP Act

Publication Date: 
July 14, 2011
Source: 
Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal (BNA)

A quote by Professor Mark Lemley is featured in the below BNA article on the Protect IP Act, and why it may "represent the biggest threat to the internet in its history."

“Counterfeiting kills jobs, but it also kills people,” Jeannie Salo, director of global anti-counterfeiting affairs with Eli Lilly and Co., said at a July 13 panel discussion focused on industry support of the Protect IP Act (S. 968).

In a session titled “Campaign Against Online Theft,” sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center, Salo described the horrors of counterfeit online pharmacies, saying that “you can get something with not enough active ingredients, too much, or a contaminant. We've seen chalk, arsenic, road paint, and cement dust.”

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Mark A. Lemley, director of the Stanford Law Schools Program in Law, Science in Technology and partner at Durie Tangri, San Francisco, told BNA “This bill may represent the biggest threat to the internet in its history. It would allow not only the government, but any private copyright or trademark owner, to break the internet addressing system.”