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Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the role of voluntary agreements in our intellectual property system.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Howard Coble (R-N.C.) released the following statements in advance of Wednesday’s hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Tomorrow’s subcommittee hearing will examine various voluntary agreements like those that have been reached among online advertisers, payment providers, ISPs and content owners, and user-generated content companies. The Subcommittee will be looking at how these agreements have been set up, what the benefits and risks are from entering into such agreements, if the law should recognize their existence in some way, and whether there should be some legal benefit to entering into such agreements for a company or its customers.”

Subcommittee Chairman Coble: “Voluntary agreements are a new dynamic in copyright licensing to addressing rapidly changing technology. Policy makers should consider whether future agreements can be enhanced by reforms to our copyright laws.”

Witnesses for tomorrow's hearing include:

• Ms. Jill Lesser, Executive Director, The Center for Copyright Information;

• Mr. Cary Sherman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Recording Industry Association of America;

• Mr. Randall Rothenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Interactive Advertising Bureau; and

• Mr. Gabriel Levitt, Vice President, PharmacyChecker.com.

All House Judiciary Committee hearings are webcast live at www.judiciary.house.gov. The hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn. For more information about Wednesday’s hearing, visit http://judiciary.house.gov/_files/hearings/113th/hear_09182013_2.html.

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