Don't Be Fooled: Leahy Is NOT Removing DNS Blocking Provisions, Merely Delaying Them
from the bad-reporting dept
We’ve already written about Senator Leahy’s decision to delay the implementation of DNS blocking in PIPA. Unfortunately, despite the clear words in the announcement, it appears that Leahy’s staff is going around suggesting to the press that this means he’s dropping DNS. Thus you get reports in Wired and in ReadWriteWeb saying that Leahy is offering to remove the DNS blocking provisions. That’s exactly what Leahy’s staff would like people to believe, in the hopes that this makes the bill palatable. First, it wouldn’t actually make the bill palatable, but it’s important to read what Leahy actually said:
As I prepare a managers’ amendment to be considered during the floor debate, I will therefore propose that the positive and negative effects of this provision be studied before implemented…
That is NOT removing the DNS blocking provisions. It is merely delaying them.
Furthermore, since the DNS blocking was such a key component of the bill and, at the very last minute, Leahy is suddenly claiming that we can all ignore that section for the time being, isn’t that reason enough to stop and wait, rather than rushing this bill forward? Leahy is admitting that he did not and still does not understand a key provision in his bill. Do we really think that’s the only provision he did not understand? Shouldn’t this, alone, be evidence that this bill needs to be rethought entirely? This isn’t a reason to move forward. It’s the opposite. It’s a reason to put this bill aside and spend some time actually understanding the issues at play.