Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stop Online Piracy Act - SOPA - #3526 - SOPA is the End of Us, Say Bloggers - Politico (2) Anti-Piracy Bill Creates Fear About 'Aggressive' Justice Department That 'Makes Mistakes' - Daily Caller

The conservative and liberal blogospheres are unifying behind opposition to Congress’s Stop Online Piracy Act, with right-leaning bloggers aruging their very existence could be wiped out if the anti-piracy bill passes. “If either the U.S. Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) &; the U.S. House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) become law, political blogs such as Red Mass Group [conservative] &; Blue Mass Group [liberal] will cease to exist,” wrote a blogger at Red Mass Group. Some have asserted that the controversial measures would criminalize pages and blogs that link to foreign websites dedicated to online piracy. In particular, this has concerned search engines like Google, which could face massive liability if some form of the bill passes, some say.  “Of course, restrictions of results provided by Internet search engines amount to just that: prior restraint of their free expression of future results. Google and others, under SOPA, are told what they can or can’t publish before they publish it. Kill. The. Bill,” conservative blogger Neil Stevens argued at RedState. Read more........

Anti-Piracy Bill Creates Fear About 'Aggressive' Justice Department That 'Makes Mistakes" - Daily Caller - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith’s anti-piracy bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), caused significant waves on its maiden voyage into congressional waters. New criticisms of the legislative proposal, however, make the Justice Department walk the plank.  James Gattuso, a senior research fellow in regulatory policy at the Heritage Foundation, and Julian Sanchez, a research fellow at the Cato Institute, discussed their concerns about the bill during an event at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday.  Gattuso told The Daily Caller that the authority extended to the DOJ under SOPA would be problematic “even if Eric Holder were not Attorney General.”  “The bigger lesson here is that the DOJ makes mistakes,” said Gattuso.  “I think that they have been already pretty aggressive using the powers that they already have, and they seem extraordinarily averse to admitting mistakes,” cautioned Sanchez.  The bill — heavily criticized by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, free-market oriented think tanks and left-leaning foundations for its “broad reach” — is expected to see another full committee markup after the holiday recess. The bill enjoys the support of 31 co-sponsors, in addition to advocates including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, Comcast and GoDaddy.  Read more.........

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