Senator Dianne Feinstein: So Out Of Touch, She Doesn't Realize Tech Companies Are Vehemently Against PROTECT IP

from the wake-up dept

In the debates over SOPA and PROTECT IP (PIPA), one thing that has been clear is that neither California Senator has been any help at all. When asked about this, I've been told, multiple times, that despite both being from Northern California, as long-term politicians they're completely ignorant of technology issues, and "follow the money" down to Southern California. We've already written about Zach Carter's excellent behind the scenes report on the politicking behind SOPA and PROTECT IP, but there's one ridiculous tidbit that was worth highlighting to show just how incredibly out of touch Senator Dianne Feinstein is. When asked about this issue, Feinstein appeared totally clueless, believing that the tech industry was fine with the bills:
When HuffPost asked Feinstein, a Protect IP co-sponsor, if it was difficult for her to navigate the bill with Silicon Valley and Hollywood on opposite sides, she responded: "I don't believe that they are. I thought we had reconciled the issues. The bill's been passed out of committee." The response seems incredible given the outcry from Silicon Valley, and Google in particular, but the complexity of the legislation has left many lawmakers vulnerable to K Street spin.
Apparently Feinstein is completely blind to the very vocal outrage from some of the largest tech companies around, including Google, Yahoo, eBay, Twitter, Facebook, Mozilla, Wikipedia and more. This is not someone listening to the people. It's someone following the money.

Filed Under: california, clueless, copyright, dianne feinstein, protect ip, silicon valley, sopa


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    Violated (profile), 15 Dec 2011 @ 5:10pm

    Liars

    Since she is a co-sponsor of the bill then this is no surprise at all when she simply wants people to believe that everyone is happy so the bill passes.

    This is not the case of her being "out of touch" and not knowing about the Internet opposition but simply about her lying to us.

    Clearly SOPA is not a bill for open discussion when it only serves one small sector of the market. So if it can "trick" its way through Congress the happier those people would be.

    This is exactly why all their technical documentation backing up the bill is complete rubbish. Lies built on lies built on more lies to "trick" those who read it.

    Liars they are. We only need to remember the phrase "The end does not justify the means." So even if they get the bill passed it is still corrupt.

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