The MPAA believes the USITC has "broad authority" to protect U.S. industries from copyright infringement, the trade group said in a statement in April. Limiting the USITC's jurisdiction "will hurt the rapid growth of domestic and international marketplaces for distributing content digitally, and ultimately undermine the commission's mandate to protect American businesses," the group said then.
The case has generated comments from both digital rights groups and free-market groups, two constituencies that are not always on the same side on Internet-related issues.
There is "absolutely no need to manufacture new agency powers over digital data," free-market groups the Niskanen Center, the R Street Institute and FreedomWorks wrote in a letter to the USITC this month. "Markets for digital goods have thrived for decades without the commission exercising these powers."
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