Washington, DC (November 15, 2005)–During a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Summit, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced a broad legislative proposal entitled the “Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2005.” The package proposes strengthening penalties for repeat copyright criminals, expanding criminal intellectual property protection, and adding critical investigative tools for both criminal and civil enforcement.
In response, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) issued the following statement from chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol, who also addressed participants at the summit:
“Once again, the Administration has truly stepped up to the plate to demonstrate its commitment to protect musicians, songwriters, record labels and the music they work so hard to create. Given the growing sophistication of today’s music piracy trade, taking the profit out of crime is now more important than ever.
“Over the past year, we have seen major advancements in both policy and personnel focused specifically on safeguarding our nation’s intellectual property. We look forward to seeing those ideas continue to take shape and are grateful for the U.S. government’s support in protecting our ability to invest in new music.”
Recording Industry Association of America