Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has announced support of The Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act, S. 522, which was introduced into the Senate recently by Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) and co-sponsored by Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Robert P. Casey (D-PA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Tim Johnson (D-SD) in a letter to Senator Bayh. PPA is joined by its partner organizations, the Society for Sports & Event Photographers (SEP), Commercial Photographers International (CPI) and the Student Photographic Society (SPS), representing over 30,000 professional photographers across the U.S.
To read the letter to Senator Bayh, click on Download ppaava_letter_of_support_for_s.522.pdf.
The legislation would establish an Intellectual Property Enforcement Network (IPEN) to replace the looser, interagency approach currently responsible for coordinating IP enforcement efforts. Under the proposed legislation, federal agencies would coordinate and share information to aid each other in identifying, tracking, arresting and prosecuting IP criminals.
For the full text of this bill, click here.
For the press release issued by Senator Bayh and Senator Voinovich, see Download bayhvoinovich_press_onepager.pdf