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It's a sure sign that things are getting weird when I actually agree with Darrell…

It's a sure sign that things are getting weird when I actually agree with Darrell Issa on an important issue.

Congress is currently considering the Stop Online Privacy Act (in the House of Representatives) and the corresponding PROTECT-IP Act (in the Senate). These bills are extremely dangerous and would give both media companies and the government unprecedented censorship powers over the internet without judicial oversight. Call your senators and representatives and encourage to stop this before it's too late!

#copyright #media #politics #stop-sopa #stop-protectip

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Dear Colleague: A Bipartisan Attempt To Regulate The Internet?

Last week, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Representative Zoe Lofgren sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter to the other members of the House of Representatives entitled “A bipartisan attempt to regulate the Internet?”

I’ve posted the letter below in its entirety, adding a link to the bill page for the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (H.R. 3261: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/show ) on Thomas.gov and a PopVox widget embedded on the blog post linked below.

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From: The Honorable Zoe Lofgren
Sent By: Ryan.Clough@mail.house.gov
Date: 11/8/2011

Dear Colleague:

The Judiciary Committee is close to consideration of H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act. We write to call your attention to a recent article about the bill in the Los Angeles Times, entitled, “A bipartisan attempt to regulate the Internet?” (available at http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2011/10/technology-a-bipartisan-attempt-to-regulate-the-internet.html).

We agree with the goal of fighting online copyright infringement, and would support narrowly targeted legislation that does not ensnare legitimate websites. We also believe that a consensus on the issue between the content and technology industries is achievable. As the attached article makes clear, H.R. 3261 unfortunately does not follow a consensus-based approach. It would give the government sweeping new powers to order Internet Service Providers to implement various filtering technologies on their networks. It would also create new forms of private legal action against websites—cutting them off from payment and advertising providers by default, without any court review, upon a complaint from any copyright owner, even one whose work is not necessarily being infringed.

Online innovation and commerce were responsible for 15 percent of U.S. GDP growth from 2004 to 2009, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. Before we impose a sprawling new regulatory regime on the Internet, we must carefully consider the risks that it could pose for this vital engine of our economy.


Zoe Lofgren
Member of Congress

Darrell Issa
Member of Congress


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