Staunch SOPA Supporter, Marsha Blackburn, Says It's Time To Scrap SOPA
from the you-just-noticed? dept
Rep. Marsha Blackburn has been an interesting one to follow during this whole SOPA/PIPA fight. She’s long been a staunch supporter of more draconian copyright laws (once claiming that fair use was like theft). She’s also incredibly politically inconsistent. For example, we pointed out her ridiculous video talking about how dangerous it was to let Congress regulate the internet with respect to net neutrality. But even though SOPA was about regulating the internet at a much more basic and fundamental level, she was all for it.
In fact, just last week, at CES, she was vehemently defending the bill and insisting that it was absolutely necessary (at one point, it almost seemed like she and Rep. Darrell Issa might come to blows), and pretending that the tech industry must support SOPA, because of how awful it feels to “have your innovations stolen!”
But, now, she’s changed her tune. It didn’t happen back when even some of her biggest supporters threatened to campaign against her because of this single issue. But it happened now, where she’s saying it’s time to scrap the bill:
It’s clear that online piracy legislation in its current form is not workable. It’s time to scrap the bill and start over. I will continue to work with my colleagues to find the best possible solution to ensure the constitutionally guaranteed property rights of our nation’s innovators are protected.
Of course, even that statement is wrong. The Constitution does not guarantee property rights for innovators. It allows Congress to create limited monopoly privileges if (and only if) they promote the progress of science and the useful arts. If she can’t get that right, it seems like she’s starting from the wrong spot. But, in the short term, if even Marsha Blackburn is rejecting SOPA, the bill is in serious trouble.