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Rep. Darrell Issa Joins Rep. Lofgren In Saying That SOPA Is A Bad Idea

from the bipartisan dept

Supporters of SOPA and PROTECT IP love to claim that their bills are "bipartisan," but it appears that there's also some pretty serious bipartisan agreement that those bills are dangerous over-regulation of the internet. We'd already mentioned Rep. Michele Bachmann coming out against the SOPA/PROTECT IP approach to regulating the internet, and now Rep. Darrell Issa, head of the powerful Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has joined with Rep. Lofgren to express their concerns about SOPA. The two sent a "bipartisan" letter to their colleagues in the house, pointing to the LA Times article about many of the problems with SOPA, and argued that this is exactly the wrong approach at the wrong time:
H.R. 3261 unfortunately does not follow a consensus-based approach. It would give the government sweeping new powers to order Internet Service Providers to implement various filtering technologies on their networks. It would also create new forms of private legal action against websitesócutting them off from payment and advertising providers by default, without any court review, upon a complaint from any copyright owner, even one whose work is not necessarily being infringed.

Online innovation and commerce were responsible for 15 percent of U.S. GDP growth from 2004 to 2009, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. Before we impose a sprawling new regulatory regime on the Internet, we must carefully consider the risks that it could pose for this vital engine of our economy.
Nice to see more folks in Congress realizing that just because one industry wants to regulate the internet heavily, it doesn't mean it's actually a good thing for the rest of the economy -- and especially for the sector of the economy that's actually creating jobs and economic growth.

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    Mike Masnick (profile), 8 Nov 2011 @ 10:01pm

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    Problem for the other ISP's is that when one breaks ranks, it destroys them as a force. It already happened with the payment processors. Mastercard is now saying that it has stepped up and done the right thing and the others should not get financial rewards for shirking its responsibility in the ecosystem. The only real hold out is the search engines. They probably won't break ranks until the end, though I understand that at least one smaller player is getting nervous and is looking to cut a deal. Google has worn out its welcome and can't win the day. Time running out. If Google is smart, it will read the tea leaves and cut a deal before they get a shit sandwich stuffed down their throats. Frankly, I think it's too late to do anything other than wish them 'bon apetit'.

    And folks, check out this nearly perfect specimen of "inside the beltway wishful thinking." It's really quite an amazing find. The truly stunning part is how sure this particular shill is, and how far off he is from reality.

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