Today, Google’s Vice President and General Counsel Kent Walker testified at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet. The hearing was the second in a series of hearings being held before the introduction of legislation similar to last year’s COICA. Click here for the full text.
EXCERPT: Google supports developing effective policy and technology tools to combat large-scale commercial infringement. As I’ll describe below, Google has dedicated tens of millions of dollars in engineering and other resources to help weed out notorious bad actors. But such activity accounts for only a very small percentage overall of the creative, political, social, and commercial opportunities created and empowered by the web. As this Subcommittee considers new enforcement tools against rogue foreign websites, it should not jeopardize the legitimate Internet services and technologies that underlie the United States’ lead in the global information economy.