Stop Online Piracy Act Introduced

Stop Online Piracy Act Introduced

Stop Online Piracy Act Introduced
Members of the House Judiciary Committee have introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act, H.R. 3261, a rogue website bill similar to the PROTECT IP Act, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in May. H.R. 3261 will give the federal government authority to seek injunction against websites that enable pirated or counterfeit content. While the bill has received support from the entertainment and retail industries, technology firms have indicated opposition to the proposed regulation. "Music creators see introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act as welcome news," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "At a time of high unemployment and slow economic growth, the IP sector should be a driving force for economic recovery. But to fulfill its potential, creators of IP must be protected from foreign companies that seek to rob America's creative community through rogue websites. The Recording Academy thanks Representatives Lamar Smith, John Conyers, Bob Goodlatte, and Howard Berman for sponsoring this important legislation." (10/27)

Clear Channel Reorganizes Programming Team
Clear Channel Radio
has cut personnel at stations across its small- and mid-sized markets, with the number of layoffs expected to be in the hundreds, according to a Billboard.biz report. Following the layoffs, Clear Channel has announced a new national programming platform team that will focus on developing on-air and digital programming content and live events for the company's 850 stations. Headed by Tom Poleman who was recently named president of national programming platforms, the new team include Dennis Clark, vice president, talent development; Darren Pfeffer, vice president, music and entertainment marketing; Alissa Pollack, executive vice president, integrated music marketing; Guy Zapoleon, vice president, digital music programming; and Zena Burns, vice president, digital programming platforms. (10/27)

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