The Internet enhances free expression, creativity, and commerce. The Internet Association supports balanced intellectual property policies that protect consumers, rightsholders, and Internet intermediaries. Our companies provide some of the strongest channels for the lawful sale and distribution of copyrighted and licensed works. While our companies implement policies and procedures to protect against unlawful distribution, we believe that strong limitations and exceptions to exclusive rights enable free speech, economic growth, and the development of new technologies. IP regulations should not come at the expense of free speech and innovation or be used as a way to harm international trade and commerce.
Washington, DC – IA Vice President, Federal Government Affairs Michael Bloom released the following statement on the introduction of the Stopping Harmful Image Exploitation and Limiting Distribution Act (SHIELD Act) in the House of Representatives, which would criminalize the distribution of non-consensual intimate imagery (NCII): “The internet industry urges the immediate passage the SHIELD Act… Read more