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State AGs Endorse Leahy Anti-Piracy Bill

May 17, 2011

The National Association of Attorneys General has endorsed a Senate bill introduced last week aimed at cracking down on foreign websites that offer pirated content or counterfeit goods.

On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced a new version of his legislation that would allow U.S. authorities to seek a court order requiring U.S.-based Internet service providers, search engines and payment processes to stop doing business with these rogue sites.

"Legislation is needed to disrupt the counterfeiting and pirate business model by cutting those sites off from the American marketplace," 42 state AGs said in a letter sent Monday to Leahy. "This narrowly tailored response to clearly illegal activity would enable effective action against the worst of the worst counterfeiters and pirates online."

The group said rogue websites that offer counterfeit goods and pirated content pose a danger to their citizens and rob countries around the world of jobs and revenue.

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