Legislation would target foreign rogue websites that steal from
ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 16, 2011--
Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based
language-learning solutions, today commended the House Judiciary
Committee for holding a public hearing and examining the issues relating
to the Stop Online Piracy Act, which, if enacted, would curb the illegal
activities of rogue websites that undermine the U.S. economy and erode
consumer confidence in online commerce. The bill, H.R. 3261, would
empower the U.S. attorney general to seek injunctions against foreign
websites that steal and sell American innovations and products.
“Rosetta Stone applauds members of the House Judiciary Committee for
crafting bipartisan legislation to address the scourge of online
piracy,” said Tom Adams, CEO of Rosetta Stone. “Each year, intellectual
property theft and the sale of counterfeit goods cost American
innovators and manufacturers more than $100 billion and result in the
loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. The passage of legislation based
on the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and the similar Senate PROTECT IP
Act will be a vital step in the fight against criminal activity
The Stop Online Piracy Act has the bipartisan sponsorship of House
Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Ranking Member John
Conyers (D-Mich.), IP Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and
Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), as well as an additional 21 House members
U.S. law currently allows the Department of Justice to target U.S.-based
websites that sell counterfeit products, but, unless anti-piracy
legislation is enacted, foreign websites that engage in the same illegal
activities will remain out of reach. Such websites, known as “rogue
websites,” often appear legitimate but are actually criminal enterprises
that sell dangerous counterfeit products including prescription drugs,
faulty electronics, and pirated software with viruses and malware. The
proposed Stop Online Privacy Act will also enable American manufacturers
to seek court injunctions against the rogue websites that seek to profit
illegally from the online sale of counterfeit copies of their products.
“Rosetta Stone commends Congressman Goodlatte for his leadership in
shepherding legislation to protect American businesses from the rampant
IP theft committed by rogue websites,” said Michael Wu, general counsel
and corporate secretary of Rosetta Stone. “Like far too many other
American companies, Rosetta Stone has felt firsthand the significant
negative impact of online counterfeiting. We are targeted on a daily
basis by foreign criminals that seek to profit from our heavy investment
in product development and brand recognition—a process facilitated by
the Google AdWords program, which has allowed operators of foreign rogue
websites to place advertisements targeting unwitting American consumers.
There is no good reason why Google should continue to transact with
criminals and facilitate the rampant theft of American intellectual
property. We urge Congress to pass the pending anti-piracy legislation
this year to protect American jobs and innovation by halting the
proliferation of rogue websites,” Wu added.
Earlier this year, Rosetta Stone announced that it had reached
settlements in cases against 77 individuals in for copyright and
trademark infringement. Rosetta Stone is currently engaged in a case
against Google regarding its ongoing practice of selling ads under the
AdWords program to criminals operating rogue websites.
To report piracy of Rosetta Stone products or inquire about the
legitimacy of Rosetta Stone products, consumers can e-mail piracy@RosettaStone.com.
About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. is changing the way the world learns languages.
Rosetta Stone provides interactive solutions that are acclaimed for the
power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone.
Available in more than 30 languages, Rosetta Stone language-learning
solutions are used by schools, organizations and millions of individuals
in over 150 countries throughout the world. The company was founded in
1992 on the core beliefs that learning a language should be natural and
instinctive and that interactive technology can replicate and activate
the immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. The company is
based in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit RosettaStone.com.
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