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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement on Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Hearing: Stakeholder Perspectives On ICANN: The .sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet’s Operation

May 13, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON--Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held its hearing "Stakeholder Perspectives On ICANN: The .sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet’s Operation:"

"There is no question about the economic and creative power of the Internet. However, we must also ensure that websites are not being used as a method to infringe on copyright protection, and I fully support efforts to ensure that the owners of domain names and IP addresses are easily accessible and kept up to date.

"I want to thank Mr. Steven J. Metalitz, who is Counsel for the Coalition for Online Accountability, for his testimony at today's hearing. I look forward to receiving his answers to whether any of the groups and companies that he represents submitted notices regarding infringement and illegal activity to registrars and ICANN, his opinion on whether ICANN is taking adequate action to clarify and enforce the Registrar Accreditation Agreement provisions, and his ideas on reasonable methods that ICANN can use to ensure it is in compliance with federal law that a domain name is not being used in an infringing way.

"From Los Angeles to New York, America's creative community not only entertains America, but they are essential to providing millions of jobs. It is essential that we protect their creative content and that current federal law is being enforced so that copyright laws are not being broken."