Public Knowledge Commends Wyden-Issa Alternative To Internet-Killing IP Bill

Background: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and several colleagues have released draft legislation to curb online copyright infringement.  Text of the draft and discussion of it is here.  

 The Twitter hash tag #open was set up to discuss the draft bill.

The following statement is attributed to Sherwin Siy, deputy legal director of Public Knowledge:

“We are very pleased that Senator Wyden, Rep. Issa and their colleagues of both parties in both the Senate and House have come up with a more reasonable approach to combating foreign copyright infringement than the bills currently before Congress.

“These legislators and their allies have taken the time to listen to the concerns of a broad range of interested parties, including the tech industry, cybersecurity experts, public interest groups and human-rights organizations, as opposed to the bills existing today which reflect the views of one industry.

“The draft bill is a marked improvement because it adheres to the successful ‘follow-the-money’ approach used well to shut down Web sites in other contexts such as Internet gambling, and because it makes certain that any actions are taken by official government enforcement agencies – not allowing for the vigilante justice in the other bills.

“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy has challenged opponents of his bill to come up with an alternative.  This draft meets that challenge, and we look forward to working with the sponsors and others on it.  We hope that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith will cancel the markup of his bill set for next week until the new approach can be fully discussed." 

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