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FROM: Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO
TO: AAFA Members
DATE: May 28, 2009
RE: WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW TO STOP DAMAGING DESIGN PIRACY PROHIBITION ACT FROM BECOMING LAW

On May 21, I met with key House Judiciary Committee staff to express our industry's continued opposition to the Design Piracy Protection Act (H.R. 2196). While they took note of AAFA's very strong opposition to this bill due to our day-to-day lobbying efforts, they also explained that they had not heard from individual companies.  Moreover, designers associated with AAFA member companies have been in Washington lobbying for this bill, casting doubt to the strength of our opposition.

The Chief Counsel informed me that she has only heard support for the measure, not only from designers, but from many members of the Committee. Because of this widespread support, and having heard no direct vocal opposition to the legislation from industry, the Chief Counsel told me that the Committee was considering bringing the legislation straight to the Committee for a VOTE as early as next month.  Action by the full House would then soon follow.

The meeting was nothing short of a WAKE-UP CALL for our industry to ACT NOW!

YOU MUST CONTACT CONGRESS NOW TO EXPRESS YOUR OPPOSITION TO THE DESIGN PIRACY PROTECTION ACT!

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS - YOU MUST TAKE ACTION NOW BY:

1) CONTACTING HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE KEY STAFF
a. Eric Garduno, Counsel (Majority)
House Judiciary Committee
(202) 225-3824

b. Christal Sheppard, Chief Patent Counsel (Majority)
House Judiciary Committee
(202) 225-3951

c. Stacey Dansky, Chief Copyright Counsel (Majority)
House Judiciary Committee
(202) 225-3951

2) CONTACTING MEMBERS OF THE Judiciary Committee (individual member's contact numbers can be found by clicking on their links at this web page).

3) TALKING TO YOUR DESIGNERS TO EXPLAIN THE DAMAGING NATURE THIS LEGISLATION WILL HAVE ON THEIR ABILITY TO DESIGN (for talking points click here).

4) YOU, AND YOUR STAFF, SENDING LETTERS TO YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES VIA OUR OUR CAPWIZ SITE. [open to the public]

FOLLOWING UP THESE EMAILS WITH CALLS AND VISITS TO YOUR HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS

I cannot stress enough that inaction will pave the way for the Design Piracy Prohibition Act to become law!
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