Did Mitt Romney Just Come Out Against SOPA/PIPA?

from the maybe? dept

At a recent campaign stop, a small business owner asked Mitt Romney for his opinion on SOPA, noting that it would likely kill her business. Romney responded without discussing the bills specifically, but said that he's totally against bills like this that just focus on "stopping bad acts," and that he wants politicians to focus on encouraging businesses to do good things.
I don't know if that's an unqualified rejection of SOPA/PIPA, but it sure comes close. He's talking about out-of-touch regulators who've spent their lives in DC, rather than in business, and "all they think about is how to stop business and stop the bad guys," (which does, in fact, describe SOPA/PIPA) but, Romney says, this is just a sign that "they don't like business very much." Indeed. SOPA/PIPA are very much bills that focus solely on trying to "stop bad guys," without taking into account the massive amount of harm that will be done to the good guys -- the companies who are innovating and are creating jobs. Given that he doesn't really discuss specifics, and just talks in generalities about bad regulations and harming business, it's possible that he has no idea what SOPA/PIPA are about, and gave a Generic Politicians'(tm) answer to a question. But hopefully more people will hold him to this, and get him to confirm that he's against these bills.

Either way, with more people asking about SOPA/PIPA, it's definitely starting to become a campaign issue...

Filed Under: business, mitt romney, pipa, politics, protect ip, regulations, sopa

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    vtcoward, 9 Jan 2012 @ 11:48am

    VT Senator Sanders Statement

    "Thank you for contacting me regarding the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, also called the PROTECT IP Act. As a strong champion of a diverse marketplace and consumer rights, I appreciate the opportunity to address this important issue.

    This is a complex issue, and many people have strong feelings about balancing intellectual property interests with the expectations of those rightly accustomed to open communication on the internet. I am an advocate of legislation protective of online privacy.

    There's no doubt that we need to protect legitimate intellectual property rights, but we must remember as we do this, that it is of the utmost importance to keep the internet free and open. As you know, I have not cosponsored this legislation. I share your concerns that we proceed very carefully as we move into the future: the openness of the internet must be protected. I will continue to monitor this legislation closely and if it comes to the floor, I will keep your very cogent and compelling concerns in mind. "

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