70 Groups Tell Congress To Put The Brakes On Any Further Efforts To Expand Intellectual Property

from the time-for-a-rethink dept

Over 70 different groups, including many who were central to the January 18th online protests against SOPA, have put together a letter asking Congress to put a halt to any attempts to further expand intellectual property laws. The key point:
Now is the time for Congress to take a breath, step back, and approach the issues from a fresh perspective. A wide variety of important concerns have been expressed – including views from technologists, law professors, international human rights groups, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and above all, individual Internet users. The concerns are too fundamental and too numerous to be fully addressed through hasty revisions to these bills. Nor can they be addressed by closed door negotiations among a small set of inside the-beltway stakeholders.
The letter goes on to point out that Congress cannot and should not continue only taking one industry's point of view into account -- and most certainly should not ignore how existing law is already being abused. Historically, this is exactly the kind of letter that Congress would ignore, but after the events of January 18th, perhaps it'll start paying attention.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. identicon
    TDR, 7 Feb 2012 @ 6:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    *AC 35 jumping up and down* "NO, NO NO! I WON'T ADAPT! I WON'T ADAPT! YOU CAN'T MAKE ME! YOU CAN'T, I TELL YOU, YOU CAN'T! THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE THE 90'S! THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE THE 90'S! TIME MUST STAND STILL! THE WORLD MUST OBEY MY WHIMS AND THOSE OF MY MASTERS, ETHICS BE DAMNED! I CAN'T POSSIBLY IMAGINE OTHER WAYS OF MAKING MONEY BESIDES WHAT I ALREADY KNOW! I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT TECHNOLOGY MAKES MY GATEKEEPER ROLE OBSOLETE, BUT THAT CREATORS CAN AND DO MAKE A GOOD LIVING SELLING THEIR STUFF WITHOUT ME! NOOOO! THAT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN! MIDDLEMEN MUST SURVIVE AT ALL COSTS! THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT MATTER! WAAAAHHHHH!!!!"

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: Techdirt Logo Gear
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.