If You're In Silicon Valley, Come Talk With Rep. Jason Chaffetz About How We Prevent Another SOPA

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As many of you remember from the SOPA debates in Congress, one of the loudest voices speaking out against the bill was Rep. Jason Chaffetz. His repeated admonition in the House Judiciary Committee concerning how ridiculous it was to proceed without hearing from actual technical experts -- i.e., "the nerds" -- got plenty of well-deserved attention (including from Jon Stewart, who wryly noted that the nerds in this case meant "experts"). Rep. Chaffetz will be coming to Silicon Valley on Thursday, May 24th, for a roundtable lunch discussion, put on by the Congressional Internet Caucus, as a part of their excellent 2012 State of the Net West Townhall Series. These free events have been a great way to interact with policy makers, so if you're in Silicon Valley, I highly recommend signing up and stopping by. I'll be there, and as with all of the Congressional Internet Caucus events, I expect plenty of other interesting attendees, and expect a useful and lively discussion with Rep. Chaffetz about how we prevent another SOPA situation, as well as various other issues impacting innovation and technology.


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    Anonymous Coward, May 21st, 2012 @ 4:14pm

    I'll save you a trip. There will be no SOPA-like legislation for at least a decade. It's all industry agreements from here on out.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, May 21st, 2012 @ 4:50pm

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      You mean "Trade negotiations" I.E "Give me all the rights to set laws in your country, take power from you, and force to bend you to my will, or I'll destroy you"

       

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        Anonymous Coward, May 21st, 2012 @ 5:15pm

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        Yeah, those too. But it'll be more like the six strikes, ad and payment processor best practices as well.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, May 21st, 2012 @ 4:55pm

    Really, there is no surprise Silicon valley would like to avoid another SOPA.
    Talk about preaching to the converted.

     

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      Mike Masnick (profile), May 21st, 2012 @ 5:29pm

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      Really, there is no surprise Silicon valley would like to avoid another SOPA.
      Talk about preaching to the converted.


      Yeah, how dare he talk with people about how a bad bill got stopped with the people who helped stop the bill.

      It's almost like you want bad legislation to pass...

       

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    Pwdrskir (profile), May 21st, 2012 @ 5:22pm

    Bill for the Users

    Why isn't there a push for a bill that would guard against the likes of SOPA? A Firewall Bill that promotes the anti-SOPA sentiment.

    Rep. Chaffetz sounds like the kind of guy that would a least get the bill some press, that's all it took for SOPA to get pulled.

     

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      Mason Wheeler, May 22nd, 2012 @ 10:23am

      Re: Bill for the Users

      If this is what we want--and I agree, it's sorely needed--what we need to do is undermine the foundation of SOPA. Its abusive provisions didn't come from nowhere; they're built upon the DMCA. And until we repeal and reverse the abusive provisions of the DMCA, people will continue to use it as a base to build more abuses on top of.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, May 22nd, 2012 @ 2:26am

    Seems like another promotional tour for the TechdirtPac. When are you going to declare and make your lobbyist activities more on the up and up Mike?

     

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    Glen, May 22nd, 2012 @ 8:45am

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    Who the hell is Kyle and why should I care? Scammers are a step below trolls.

     

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