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
    abc gum, 15 Dec 2011 @ 8:16pm

    Re: Re: Here is Senator Feinstein's response letter

    "why let the real world get in the way of the hypothetical world bandied about by many buzz word-responsive opponents?"


    Yes - that's right folks. Nothing to be worried about here.

    And let us not forget that, as previously stipulated, the taser is only used in lieu of deadly force and it is responsible for saving many lives that would have otherwise been shot dead. Pepper spray is very similar in that it is only being used when officers are in immediate danger, fearing for their lives.

    So, really - what's all the fuss. Your representatives have your best interests in mind. Sit back, relax and turn on Dancing With The Stars. No need to keep up to date on things which may affect you because that is all being taken care of for you by your benevolent benefactors.

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