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.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Feb 2012 @ 5:22pm

    Can't vs Won't

    It is not the case that the present Congress can't do the right thing, the fact is that they won't do the right thing. They all knew perfectly well that accepting bribes in return for legislation was morally wrong. They knew that from the start. It was well known to them that what they were doing was wrong and they would be in serious trouble if they got caught. Well, they got caught. They are now in the position of bad guys who have just been arrested and who know full well that the evidence against them is overwhelming. But they have not got to court yet, so they are frantically trying to lie their way out of trouble.

    US voters, do your duty. Find them guilty.

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