Details On SOPA/PIPA Alternative Released... With Open Requests For Feedback

from the check-it-out dept

As expected, the effort by Senator Wyden and Rep. Issa to put together an alternative to SOPA/PIPA has now been released. And while we can dig into the specifics in a bit, what may be most interesting is how they've released the text. Unlike the standard "here's a pdf if you can find it," they've put up an entire website, called KeepTheWebOpen.com, which is designed to encourage participation and feedback. Compare that to the backroom dealings behind PIPA and SOPA, where the industry folks helped craft the bill with no input whatsoever from those it would impact most. If only all bills were released this way...

Filed Under: copyright, internet, open, pipa, protect ip, sopa, trade


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2011 @ 12:49pm

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    Copyright law, when properly implemented, is a boon to content creators. What we have now is an abomination. It needs to be greatly scaled back

    Imagine if Jonathan Coulton had no protection and a Sony backed artist used his music. He would quickly be pushed to the side in favor of someone who had a huge pocketbook and deals in place with iTunes, radio stations (including satellite radio), music blogs, etc. A reasonable copyright law would protect him, and other independent musicians, from that.

    Only huge corporations (not artists) benefit from no IP law, just like they benefit from the monstrosity that they have today. Reasonable copyright law would protect corporations and indies equally.

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