Senators Rand Paul, Jerry Moran And Maria Cantwell All Warn That PROTECT IP Will Kill Jobs

from the good-for-them dept

Quite an interesting day. Having Rep. Nancy Pelosi come out against SOPA was quite something. But the Senate has still been pretty quiet. However, it appears that some Senators saw the public outcry against online censorship, against regulating internet companies, against changing the basic regulatory and technological framework that the internet has been built on... and realized that perhaps they shouldn't stay quiet any longer either. Senator Wyden, of course, has been vocal about his opposition to PROTECT IP (and has put a hold on the bill), but now Senators Rand Paul, Jerry Moran and Maria Cantwell have also come out with a statement against PROTECT IP, saying that they, too, will put a hold on PROTECT IP.
Our fear, which is shared by many, is that S. 968 as currently written will have the unintended consequences of undermining our nation's national security and our goals to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation.

As currently written, the Protect IP Act and the companion Stop Online Piracy Act legislation in the House unnecessarily risk an overbroad application of the new and unprecedented tools they provide to the U.S. Department of Justice and the private sector. An excessively expansionary application of these tools would undermine our national security and economic interests.

We are particularly concerned that the proposal authorizes the use of remedies that will undermine the infrastructure of the Internet. The nation's leading technologists and security experts say these provisions will kill our best hope for actually making the Internet more secure against cyber attacks. We take seriously the alarm expressed by the nation's leading investors in new online startups who say the proposal will dampen interest in financing the new ideas and businesses of tomorrow, and to legal and human rights experts who caution that the proposal enables the silencing of speech.
With significant concerns from both parties in both Houses of Congress, will supporters of these bills still try to push them forward as is? Will they finally let the tech industry into the discussions? Or will they continue to make ridiculous claims about how this effort to regulate the internet is to "protect the troops"?

Unfortunately, the biggest lobbyists in favor of these bills -- the MPAA and the US Chamber of Commerce, mainly -- are working over time to get them to move forward. They're telling Senators and House members that yesterday's protests, which inundated Congress with calls and letters against SOPA/PIPA were "just a fluke." We know that's not the case, but it would be nice if Congress heard that as well.
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Filed Under: copyright, jerry moran, jobs, maria cantwell, protect ip, rand paul, ron wyden, senate


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  1. identicon
    darryl, 18 Nov 2011 @ 6:52pm

    Re: What is government for?

    but if the government is acting outside of the realm of public consent, for their good instead of the good of the citizens, does that then means that we are obligated to follow that law?

    YES IT FREAKING DOES !!!!!!!!

    This is typicle of the level of intelligenct displayed here on Techdope..

    Yes, there are lots of rules and laws, and YES, lots of people do not like all the rules and laws and some people will even break those rules and laws.

    but you live in a society, a social structure, that is ordered by rules and laws. The rules and laws are what that society has ASKED FOR..

    There are always going to be some who dont like the rules and laws, especially those that make their living to breaking those rules and laws.

    That does not make the law or rule wrong, it makes the person who breaks that rule or law wrong, and a criminal (someone who breaks a rule or law of your society).

    No society or group can function without a set of rules and laws under which that group is guided by.

    No society has 100% agreement with all the rules and laws, or even with specific rules and laws. But the MAJORITY of that sociiety fully understands that agree or not it is the framework and basis for a successful society.

    That if people chose to defy any rule or law they did not agree with then that society would break down.

    People who generally disregard rules and laws are the type of people who only think about ONE PERSON, themselves..

    That you feel if you do not like a law you can break it, with NO REGARD for the effect of breaking that law might have on someone else in your society.

    Say you dont like the law on stealing things (Theft), so you break that law and go and steal off people.

    You have no regard for the people you steal from.

    But if it happens that when you are out stealing, you house is broken into and everything stolen. Then you 'might' think that the law for some people is a GOOD thing, and that it is not right for someone to come and steal all your stuff.

    Or when you come home to your empty house, do you say "fair enough" he must not agree with that law either..

    Where do you live again ???

    can you tell me the next time you are going out for the day ?

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