Senator Alexander Joins Congressional Anti-Piracy Caucus

Posted on October 27, 2003

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today announced that he will serve on the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus. The caucus will work with America's international trade partners to secure the enactment of strong copyright laws and the vigilant enforcement of those laws. "Intellectual property is particularly important to Tennessee, a center of the music industry: Nashville is the home of country music. Memphis is the home of the blues," Alexander said. "Nashville has one of the nation's largest concentrations of songwriters, performers and music publishers. Protecting their intellectual property rights means protecting thousands of jobs and maintaining an industry that brings joy to millions of fans in the U.S. and around the world." The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus will:
  • Organize brief congressional delegations traveling to countries with significant piracy problems;
  • Hold staff and Member briefings and forums on international intellectual property protection and piracy;
  • Have demonstrations of new technologies and products designed to improve consumers' entertainment experiences and to reduce piracy; and
  • Work closely with the committees of jurisdiction in the House and Senate on related hearings and legislation.
American intellectual property represents the largest single sector of the American economy, employing 4.3 million Americans. It has been estimated that software piracy alone cost the U.S. economy over 118,000 jobs and $5.7 billion in wage losses in the year 2000. Additionally, the International Planning and Research Corporation estimates that the government loses more than a billion dollars worth of revenue every year from intellectual property theft.