Motion Picture Association Statement on Introduction of the SMART Copyright Act of 2022

March 18, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Thom Tillis (R-NC) today introduced the SMART Copyright Act of 2022. The following is a statement from Motion Picture Association Executive Vice President for U.S. Government Affairs Patrick Kilcur:

“We are thankful to Ranking Member Tillis and Chairman Leahy for their continued work to protect the rights of the creative community from digital theft. In enacting the DMCA, Congress envisioned that creators and online service providers would work together on technical solutions to protect copyrighted works. Despite the passage of 20 years, the DMCA has fallen woefully short of Congress’ intent in yielding recognized Standard Technical Measures. We look forward to working with Senators Tillis and Leahy on this legislation and making progress on effective solutions to protect and advance the success of the American creative community.”

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About The Motion Picture Association

The Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) serves as the global voice and advocate of the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences around the world. Its member studios are: Netflix Studios, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.

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