The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae-Hunter, Deputy Director for Future of Music Coalition:
“Future of Music Coalition is pleased that Congress has hit pause on controversial policy proposals to address the issue of intellectual property (IP) infringement. It is crucial that lawmakers recognize and understand the legitimate concerns of a broad array of stakeholders — including thousands of copyright owners — who have reservations about certain provisions in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP (PIPA).
“Creators must be able to maximize value from their copyrights in a legitimate digital marketplace. We understand the very real problem of intellectual property infringement and its impact on the music ecosystem. We also share the convictions of those who depend on the internet in practically every aspect of their lives and careers that free expression and entrepreneurship are too important to be undermined by overly-broad policy.
“We look forward to working with our many friends in the music and arts communities, as well as those in the innovation sector to find ways to achieve stronger protections for artists while preserving the dynamics of innovation and expression that are the engines of the internet.”