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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2011 @ 6:36pm

    This just in

    A career politician has been found to be uninformed, ignorant, and bought. Story at 11.

    I favor variable term limitations, with an electric shock to be delivered upon leaving office, the voltage of which is determined by length of time in office.

    There's a multiplier for number of positions held, as well. And it's all doubled for anyone who moves between lobbyist and politician.

    So a 12 year congressman, who serves 6 years as senator, before joining a washington lobby group should get about 4800V. Problem solved, automatically. :)

    They can select when it's appropriate to leave the political arena. Darwin says that we'll eventually end up with some impressive masochists for congress. Which might not be a bad thing. Currently, they seem to be sadists.

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