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January 25, 2012

PRSA Chair Quoted in PRNewser About PR Issues Plaguing Internet Piracy Bills

Gerard Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA, chair and CEO of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) discusses the multiple public relations issues plaguing advocates of proposed antipiracy bills in a Jan. 19, 2012, PRNewser article. The article highlights reaction to the failure of advocates for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) to secure Congressional approval for either bill.
“[The bills] need more debate, collaboration, and discussion among parties,” said Corbett. “My personal impression is Hollywood went into it looking at their particular focus and didn’t broaden their perspective enough to see what their consumers see.”
Corbett spoke with PRNewser following the announcement of PRSA’s opposition to the SOPA and PIPA bills. In a statement released Jan. 18, 2012, PRSA called the legislation an “overreach” and a “threat to the innovation and development of the Internet.”

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