Senator Marco Rubio Dropping His Co-Sponsorship Of PIPA

from the another-down dept

It appears that the some in Congress are finally hearing you. Senator Marco Rubio, from Florida, has announced that he is removing his name as a co-sponsor of PIPA and is urging Senator Harry Reid not to go ahead with the plan to bring the bill to the floor.
Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, we've heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government's power to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.
Publicity stunt? Or democracy in action? I vote for the latter. It's good to see politicians actually listening to constituents rather than lobbyists sometimes...

Filed Under: backlash, blackouts, marco rubio, pipa, protect ip, protests, sopa, sponsors


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 18 Jan 2012 @ 8:51am

    Re: Internet Super PAC?

    We need to be proactive and oppose our current IP laws and demand that many of them be repealed. Start with reducing copy protection lengths, then continue onto lowering insane infringement penalties, and continue onto increasing penalties for false infringement claims, then continue onto making copy protection opt in.

    and the above isn't even really considered being proactive, it's simply being reactive to our existing laws. Being proactive would be something like creating a constitutional amendment limiting the scope and lengths of copy protection laws and creating federal laws that actively limit state and local government's ability to enact overreaching copy protection laws.

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