Posted on June 12, 2003
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today announced that he has joined the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus to address copyright and enforcement laws to prevent unauthorized reproduction, distribution and sale of copyrighted materials. "This country is the largest producer and exporter of copyrighted material in the world," Alexander said. "In order for entertainment industries to continue to flourish, including those that we are so proud of in Tennessee, we must deal with the problem of piracy." The combined copyright industries — movies, home video and television programming, music, books, video games and software — generate more revenues than any other single manufacturing sector, including automobiles and auto parts, aircraft and agriculture. They are responsible for more than five percent of the nation's gross domestic product. The caucus will:
- Brief congressional delegations traveling to countries with significant piracy problems;
- Host staff and member 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.