The LGBT creative community and our allies support the passage of the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R.3261) and Protect IP Act (S.968). These bills will prevent online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property as well as promoting prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property. Foreign rogue websites that sell LGBT films without the filmmakers’ authorization threaten the vibrancy of the legitimate LGBT film marketplace. Taking indie LGBT filmmakers out of the market or impeding their ability to make future films limits the options of LGBT consumers, limits the diversity of stories and voices in the marketplace, and has a detrimental impact on the understanding of social issues affecting the LGBT community. Online piracy threatens not only the livelihoods of filmmakers in the LGBT community but may also silence the voices of this community.
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