Facebook Washington DCAnti-Piracy Bills

Posted: 19/01/2012 in Social Networking/ Social Media
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How Facebook See the Online Piracy Debate 


 At Facebook, we take online piracy and copyright infringement very seriously. Rogue foreign sites that pirate American intellectual property or sell counterfeit goods pose significant problems for our economy. However, we believe the PROTECT IP Act (or PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which are currently being considered by Congress, are not the right solution to this problem, because of the collateral damage these overreaching bills would cause to the Internet.

Our Position 

PROTECT IP and SOPA could create very real problems for Internet companies like ours that are a primary driver of innovation, growth, and job creation in the 21st century economy. The bills contain overly broad definitions and create a new private cause of action against companies on the basis of those expansive definitions, which could seriously hamper the innovation, growth, and investment in new companies that have been the hallmarks of the Internet. In addition, we are concerned about provisions in the bills that could chill free expression or weaken the Internet’s architecture.

 Continuing the Discussion 

 We understand the concerns of the film and music industries, as well as other content creators and trademark owners, and we have been engaging in a constructive dialogue on the most effective ways to combat piracy. However, we must ensure that Congress does not do anything in this area that threatens the security of the Internet, hampers U.S. innovation or competitiveness, or sets harmful precedents for other governments to follow. We ask Congress not to rush this process. It’s too important not to take the time to get it right.

Reporting IP Infringement 

Facebook makes it a priority to respond promptly whenever we’re made aware of illegal content on our site. We have a reporting system in place and a trained team dedicated to handling rights owner notices. We’re always working to invest in tools and resources necessary to meet the needs of both rights owners and users. For more information on how to report IP infringement, click here.



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