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November 12, 2013
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Introduction of Video Programming Legislation by Sen. Rockefeller

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to the introduction of the "Consumer Choice in Online Video Act" by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) today, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

"NAB supports efforts to encourage the legal distribution of our highly-valued broadcast programming to on-line platforms, and we look forward to working with Chairman Rockefeller. We remain concerned about proposals that may legitimize theft of copyrighted programming. Copyright theft poses a very real threat to the revenue stream that supports local television and the U.S. network-affiliate TV relationship that is the envy of the world."

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