Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Dent, Holden Agree SOPA Too Broad
Blogger Noel Jones calls it the "Revenge of the Nerds," and Internet protest against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. Ironically, you can read about the proposed legislation at Wikipedia. It would enable the Department of Justice to seek Court Orders blocking access to sites engaging in copyright infringement. Video producers love the bill, while tech giants like Google are opposed.
Congressman Charlie Dent believes the legislation is too broad. Here's part of what he has to say. "I am concerned SOPA – as introduced - is not the proper approach to addressing this growing problem. Instead, Congress must work to fight online piracy in a manner that guarantees individual rights are respected and promoted, and innovation is not hindered. While I am not prepared to support SOPA at this time, I believe the greater exposure it has recently received in the public and in Washington will help generate a necessary dialogue about the need to combat the illegal activity of online piracy.”
According to Easton Patch, Congressman Tim Holden is opposed to the bill, too, even though he was originally listed as a sponsor. "[T]he possible unintended consequences, such as stifling innovation and limiting free speech on the Internet, have come to the forefront of debate. An open Internet requires that we find a better approach that is acceptable to all sides."