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Jan 18 2012

Hatch Statement on the PROTECT IP Act

Utah Senator Says He Will Remove Support From PIPA

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Senate vote on the PROTECT IP Act:

“Our Founding Fathers understood that protecting people’s ideas is essential to a robust and healthy democracy. With the advent of the Internet, intellectual property theft is a real and growing problem that everyone acknowledges must be combated.

“After listening to the concerns on both sides of the debate over the PROTECT IP Act, it is simply not ready for prime time and both sides must continue working together to find a better path forward. Despite the concerns about the unintended consequences of this legislation, the Senate remains on a path to consider this bill next week. Rushing something with such potential for far-reaching consequences is something I cannot support and that’s why I will not only vote against moving the bill forward next week but also remove my cosponsorship of the bill. Given the legitimate vocal concerns, it is imperative that we take a step back to allow everyone to come together and find a reasonable solution.”

NOTE: Last week, Hatch joined Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and fellow Judiciary Committee members Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), in writing to Senate Majority Reid calling on him to withdraw the proposed vote on the Protect IP Act (scheduled for January 24, 2012) until the concerns expressed above have been addressed. To view the letter, click HERE.

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