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
    Stuart, 16 Dec 2011 @ 7:53am

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

    You sir are correct.
    YouTube will not be one of the first to fall.

    First will be a few high profile torenting sites.
    Even though they work the same Google will not be targeted in this wave.

    Second will sites that attack powerful people. They will get combed over and take downs will be issued and they will be shut up for long periods of time.

    YouTube will not go down till Hollywood and the record labels have a competitive product. Then down will go YouTube.

    Blogs that bitch about Pepsi tasting like shit will go down fast and hard.

    If you think that this is the one law ever passed that will not be taken to extremes over time could you please explain to me why this law is so different from every other law ever passed?

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