Lamar Smith, Against Regulating The Internet... Until Hollywood Became His Biggest Campaign Funder

from the politics-in-action dept

Well, well. Via Julian Sanchez, we learn that SOPA's official "sponsor" and chief supporter, Lamar Smith, spoke out in 2006 about how Congress shouldn't regulate the internet:
"I want a vibrant Internet just like they do," said Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican. "Our disagreement is about how to achieve that. They say let the government dictate it...I urge my colleagues to reject government regulation of the Internet."
Kind of funny, then, that he's now sponsoring one of the most aggressive attempts ever to have the government regulate the internet, isn't it? Or, perhaps not so funny when you look at a second point made by Sanchez. In 2006, the top donator to Smith's campaign... was the tech industry. In 2012, it's "TV/Movies/Music." Computers/Internet is now ranked all the way down at number eight.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence, right?

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Dec 2011 @ 1:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "ee, this is where the idea of unintended consequences slips right on by you."

    I understand that fully. You seem to be completely convinced that I don't understand anything (you have spoken down to me a couple of times today like that).

    I understand the "unintended consequences", but I step back a but and try to see what is really going on. The "unintended consequences" comes from people who will post their "free speech" on the same site that embeds pirated material, sells counterfeit goods, or facilitates access to pirated material.

    In the same manner that I wouldn't post my personal political manifesto on the wall of a crack house, I wouldn't post it in the middle of a pirate site either.

    The "unintended consequences" are a result of people being careless about the sites they support and use, not about the law squashing their rights.

    Perhaps you might want to stand back and see the bigger picture. Things look a lot different when you take your nose away from a single, narrow issue and look at the overall effects.

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