It appears that Senator Patrick Leahy has learned absolutely nothing from the public outcry over his ridiculously overreaching PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, in which the White House IP Czar, Victoria Espinel, suggested that perhaps the "problem" was solving itself
via voluntary action, Senator Leahy continued to insist that legislation like PIPA was needed:
“Voluntary efforts are wonderful and I am hoping the voluntary efforts will give us some confidence for the legislation we need, because ultimately we still need legislation.” Leahy said.
This is really ridiculous. He isn't just saying that PIPA is needed, but he's arguing that the market working these things out on its own is evidence
to support the need for legislation. How does that make any sense at all? What's clear is that Leahy still doesn't understand why PIPA was defeated or why there was so much concern (and so little legitimate rationale) for the legislation in the first place.