January 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm #149980
Dorothy Ramienski AmatucciParticipant
President Obama made it clear this past weekend that he will not support any legislation that will crack down on Internet openness during the fight against digital piracy.
Nextgov.com reports that the administration’s top technology officials voiced this sentiment in a post at whitehouse.gov. Several petitions have been circulating since before Christmas that urge the President to veto the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The bills propose limited access to websites that offer illegal copies of music, movies and counterfeit goods.
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has postponed a planned hearing about how the bills could possibly affect innovation and cybersecurity, saying more education in Congress is needed about the issue. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has schedule a vote on legislation that passed committee back in May of last year, but was held from moving to the floor by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who had concerns about free speech infringements.
Both bills have generated intense debate about online openness, piracy and cybersecurity.
What do you think? Should SOPA & PIPA become law? Or do they go to far?
January 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm #149984
Any law allowing the government control and censorship is unconstitutional at it’s heart and should not even be allowed to be heard. We the People are getting d**m tired of having our rights stripped away by bureaucrats that fail to listen to what the people that put them into office want.
It is time for Americans to take a firm stand and tell Big Government to let us handle our own affairs as business owners and for them to focus on the things they should be – protection of America, the American way of life, and the constitution. Judges need to interpret the law, NOT rewrite it.
January 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm #149982
The Internet was created way pre-web to allow universities and the Department of Defense to converse with each other and was perpetuated for the public by legislation by, wait for it, Senator Al Gore of Tennessee, but further intervention by government is not necessary.
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