AFL-CIO supports coalition fighting for anti-piracy bill

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, is expected to introduce a House version in the coming weeks.

Creative America announced Tuesday that it was launching a new national campaign to educate people about the effects of copyright infringement. The group said websites that offer stolen content receive 146 million visits daily, and more than 500,000 movies are distributed illegally every day.

“The message that Creative America is imparting to members of the entertainment community and all who value American creativity and innovation is that content theft is not a victimless crime,” said Mike Nugent, executive director of Creative America.

The Association of Talent Agents, the Copyright Alliance, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., FilmL.A., the National Association of Theatre Owners, the Producers Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society also announced their support for the coalition Tuesday.

This post was updated on Oct. 19 at 8:14 a.m.