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Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
Hearing on Innovation in America: The Role of Technology

For Immediate Release
July 31, 2013

Contact: Kathryn Rexrode or Jessica Collins, (202) 225-3951

Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
Hearing on Innovation in America: The Role of Technology

Chairman Goodlatte: This morning, the Subcommittee will hear from several companies from the technology sector and their role in innovation in America. Their innovation touches numerous areas of our society from how the blind access the printed word, how businesses connect with customers, and even how American students learn about science and technology in school.

Last week, the Subcommittee heard from those involved in the copyright sector. The copyright and technology sectors are two very important components of our economy that have a unique symbiotic relationship. They are both also responsible for significant amounts of American innovation that is the envy of the world.

Thanks to the Internet, innovation can come from many places and be distributed with equal ease. Sometimes innovation comes from an artist holding a digital brush and sometimes it now comes from a collective effort of interested Internet users who choose to fund a new product, a new business, or a new social cause.

As the Committee conducts its review of U.S. copyright laws, it is important to hear from the technology sector about the varying methods of innovation in America. I thank the witnesses for coming today and look forward to hearing their testimonies.

  

 

 
 
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