Ugh, I just looked up my senators' postions on PIPA. Both support, one was co-sponsor. I channeled a little of my excess rage and sent them some emails. My rep doesn't share his stance, so I sent him a casual message asking him for clarification of his view.
Originally Posted by Head of Motion Picture Association of America
“Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.
It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.
A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.”
Yep, from Senator Chris Dodd himself. Nice to see he doesn't need to be in office to continue to ruin america!
Thank you for contacting me to express your views about the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (S. 968, PROTECT IP Act) and its corresponding legislation in the House, the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261, SOPA). I oppose these bills because I believe they go too far in an attempt to stop piracy and counterfeiting.
As you may know, S.968 was introduced in the Senate on May 12, 2012, and referred to the Judiciary Committee, of which I am not a member, where it subsequently passed by a unanimous vote. Similar legislation called SOPA was also introduced in the House of Representatives on October 26, 2011.
The PROTECT IP Act would enable the U.S. Attorney General to seek an injunction from a federal court against a domain name used by a foreign website that engages in, enables, or facilitates infringement. These court orders could then be served on U.S.-based domain name servers, Internet advertisers, search engines, and financial transaction providers, which would then be forced to take necessary administrative action to prevent further infringing activity.
I believe intellectual property must be protected to spur innovation and foster economic growth. A recent study found that copyright piracy and counterfeit goods cost American businesses billions of dollars per year and result in thousands of jobs lost each year. I understand the need to address this issue. However, I oppose the PROTECT IP Act and SOPA as currently drafted. Specifically, I have concerns about freedom of speech and expression, as well as technical changes that the legislation would make to the security and functionality of the Internet's Domain Name System.
A free Internet plays an important role in driving innovation and growth in our economy. I believe that anytime the government expands its influence in new areas, we should seriously consider whether that expansion is proper.
Given my strong concerns with this bill and the fact that it passed through the Judiciary Committee without substantive debate, I am pleased that a vote by the full Senate has been postponed until these major concerns are addressed. I will certainly keep your views in mind should legislation impacting Internet freedom come before the full Senate for a vote.
Thank you for taking the time to contact my office. For more information, I encourage you to visit my website at www.portman.senate.gov. Please keep in touch.