Publishers, Songwriters Applaud Senate Judiciary Committee Leadership on Issue of Digital Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / February 16, 2011

WASHINGTON— The music publishing and songwriting community today applauds the leadership of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for examining the problems associated with digital theft. The Committee today held a hearing entitled “Targeting Websites Dedicated to Stealing American Intellectual Property.”

David Israelite, President and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association, said, “We are grateful for the leadership of this committee and in particular Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senator Orrin Hatch for their persistence in looking for solutions to this growing problem. Left unchecked, the actions of web operators who are promoting and profiting from infringing activity will result in fewer high-quality creative works, diminished legitimate e-commerce, lost jobs and tax revenues, and a dimmer cultural environment. Finding solutions to this problem will require input from many participants, and the leadership of Congress and this Committee is paramount to success.”

About the NMPA

Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights.