Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Time Is Running Out For SOPA Opponents Congressmen Warn At CES 2012


Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) showed up at CES 2012 in Las Vegas to issue a stark warning: we’re running out of time to stop legislation aimed at cracking down on copyright infringement.

That legislation – the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect IP Act in the Senate – is intended to clamp down on piracy but is widely believed to go much further, with free speech and censorship ramifications that could have profound consequences on the way the internet works.

“This is a crucial window here for those who want to see the Net come out of this debate without this enormous collateral damage” caused by the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, Wyden told conference-goers. “We are not prepared to say that this juggernaut for innovation and freedom and citizen empowerment, the Internet, ought to be dealt such a serious body blow in the name of copyright.”

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