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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    darryl, 18 Nov 2011 @ 7:33pm

    all laws kill AND MAKE jobs

    Masnick, even you can work that out !!!! or can you?

    If you are employed in a field that is against the law, or is going to be against the law, you have two choices.

    1) to continue at that job and break the law.
    2) find a new job and not break that law.

    Lets say you are a company that makes a childs toy, you employ thousands of people who now ALL have JOBS..

    Then it is found that the toy you are manufacturing is dangerous and can sometimes kill children.
    It is deemed an "ILLEGAL" product.

    All those factory workers lose "THAT" job !!!

    What they would do is change their product so that it complies with the law (does not kill children) and make and sell that product.

    You have also employed (indirectly) many other people (created jobs) of people who are responsible for ensuring that the toys that are sold are legal.

    They would not have a job if no one ever producted an illegal product.

    So all laws create some jobs and kill other jobs.

    But the ones that are killed are the illegal ones that should not exist in the first place.

    And all the jobs that are created are to ensure that continue to make legal products and not illegal ones.

    So if your 'job' is predicated on an illegal activity, then you have an expectation that sooner or later you will 'lose' that job.

    An illegal activity is generally not considered a job, it is usually considered a crime.

    If your job is crime, you are a criminal not an employee.

    How many criminals lodge a tax return ? and pay for law enforcement ?

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