On July 25, 2013, ACI held a widely-attended Capitol Hill event with Congressional keynote speakers and an expert panel.
Intellectual property (IP) rights are being challenged by widespread theft associated with counterfeiting and the trafficking of pirated
goods, which, by some estimates, contributes to hundreds of billions of dollars of economic loses. While some point to health and safety risks for consumers, others see only modest consumer risk and fear that stricter enforcement of IP rights could result in overly burdensome regulations. The event scheduled two Congressional speakers, U.S. Representatives Lee Terry (invited) and Marsha Blackburn. Steve Pociask, presented the study results.
In addition, an expert panel discussed policy perspectives and potential solutions. The panel included: Todd McCracken, President of the National Small Business Association; Timothy Lee, Senior Vice President of the Center for Individual Freedom; and Sandra Aistars, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance. The panel was moderated by Dr. Joseph Fuhr, Jr., Professor, Widener University and ACI Senior Fellow.
The study that contains the results of a consumer survey on Intellectual Property issues, which is available here — Final IP Study . Detailed crosstabs are available upon request.