I’ve reached out to Georgia’s Senators this afternoon to see why they are co-sponsoring PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act. Senator Chambliss’ office sent over the following:
“I believe that online theft is a serious issue, and that Congress does need to make certain that the law adequately protects the interests of rights holders. Not only do we need to be concerned about intellectual property, such as movies and books, but also items such as counterfeit toothpaste or mouthwash from China that pose serious safety issues to all Americans. Because of this, I am a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act. I have listened to the concerns of many Georgians and I agree that these concerns must be addressed. Congress should avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences. However, as a co-sponsor I am in a better position legislatively to voice my concerns, and craft legislation that addresses Internet piracy while still protecting free and open access to the Internet.”
I think the majority of the readers here, myself (and apparently Senator Chambliss) included, agree that the bill in its current form needs to be opposed. Those of us who create content or any other form of intellectual property also understand the need to find a balance that protects against counterfeiting and other forms of theft.
I won’t even come close to claiming expertise on this legislation. If any of our readers are familiar enough with the language to suggest specific changes that strike a much better balance of protecting IP without turning control of individual websites over to the government, I’m sure we can entertain that discussion.
If not, I guess we can entertain the usual comments of “RINO!” anytime an issue of complexity is addressed.