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SEMA Joins Effort to Combat Online Piracy
Diamond Bar, Calif.
(May 19, 2011) -
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is working with the Coalition
Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, labor
organizations, large employers, and small businesses to support legislation
introduced in the U.S. Senate to help shut down rogue websites that sell counterfeit
goods. Entitled the "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic
Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act" (PROTECT IP), the bill would
authorize the Justice Department to obtain court orders requiring search
engines in the United States to stop displaying links to domain names.
"Theft is theft,
whether a product is stolen from the store shelf or sold as counterfeit goods
over the Internet," said Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO. "The
PROTECT IP BILL will provide law enforcement with more tools to combat crime
involving intellectual property. Several years ago, the business
community worked with Congress to update U.S. trademark law by allowing
counterfeit goods to be destroyed along with the equipment used to produce the
fake goods. SEMA now welcomes the opportunity to strengthen U.S.
copyright law by shielding American consumers from websites that peddle pirated
The legislation is needed
to address the growing problem of online sales of counterfeit and pirated
goods, whether specialty auto parts, pharmaceuticals or movies. These
products cost thousands of American jobs, expose consumers to health and safety
threats, and tarnish business reputations.
Companies can already
pursue trademark infringement actions against people trafficking in counterfeit
goods. However, the PROTECT IP Act would allow companies to ask the
federal government to help combat infringement by blocking access to the
website, search engine references and consumer payments. The legislation
is especially important in combating foreign-operated sites or domain names
that are not registered through a U.S. based registry. The PROTECT IP Act
would nevertheless provide the domain operator full due process protections,
including the right to argue its case in court and prove that its site is not
engaged in IP theft.
For more information on the
PROTECT IP Act and the campaign against online theft, please visit www.fightonlinetheft.com
or contact the SEMA Government Affairs Office at 202.783.6007.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963,
represents the $27.9 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,461 member-companies.
It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth
information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides
appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for
passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575
S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit www.sema.org