Skip to comments.Senator Ron Wyden Has Hopefully Killed the Internet Censorship Bill
Posted on 11/21/2010 5:15:07 PM PST by NoLibZone
The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act passed unanimously through the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday, but fortunately didnt get much further. Oregonian Senator Ron Wyden exercised his power to place a hold on pending legislation to stop the bill from traveling to the senate floor, saying that
Deploying this statute to combat online copyright infringement seems almost like using a bunker-busting cluster bomb, when what you need is a precision-guided missile.
His hold will prevent the bill passing out of committee this year; proponents of the bill will have to wait until the next time Congress convenes, and then try to reintroduce the measure.
If passed, the bill would allow the US Attorney General to seek judicial permission to order the shut down of any infringing domain name, where infringing means allowing access to anything that they dont have the rights to. But wait, it gets better! If the site is not located in the US, it would also allow the USAG to get permission to tell ISPs, financial service providers, and advertisers to stop providing service to that domain. And, it would create two lists: one of sites that the AG has ordered taken down, which ISPs, financial services, and advertisers would be required to boycott; and one of sites that the AG has alleged are infringing, the boycotting of which would earn ISPs, financial services, and advertisers immunity from prosecution under the bill.
Regardless of your personal stance on files sharing, if you are a user of the internet, you should be able to see that this bill set an alarming precedent for the way our government responds to civil disputes in the online realm. It also makes no effort to allow otherwise infringing sites to distribute data that does not infringe. Could the bill, for example, allow the AG to shut down YouTube because users upload copyrighted content? Not to mention the potential use of the AGs new powers for political reasons.
Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act
Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
Evan Bayh [D-IN]
Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
Thomas Coburn [R-OK]
Richard Durbin [D-IL]
Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
Lindsey Graham [R-S
Charles Grassley [R-IA]
Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
James Inhofe [R-OK]
Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
Herbert Kohl [D-WI]
Robert Menéndez [D-NJ]
Charles Schumer [D-NY]
Arlen Specter [D-PA]
George Voinovich [R-OH]
Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
The republicans on this list need to hear from us!
Nuke the corrupt bastards to hell!!
The bill may be dead, but its spirit lives on through the FCC. They will do it behind our backs anyway.
The republicans behind this bill need to start looking for new jobs.
I thanked him for his hold.
Ironic that a Dem killed the bill (for now). But not surprising that the GOP members in the committee voted for it.
You lump Inhofe in there ?
Youtube is owned by Google, so no, a mainstream, corporate owned website will not be shut down.
But that isn’t really the point. The point is, the internet is not supposed to be controlled by anyone, let alone the gov’t acting in the service of the media companies.
And its dang sure not supposed to be controlled at the ISP level, by gov’t fiat! This is little different than the ‘Great Firewall of China’, and opens the door for that level of political control. IE, where places like Free Republic and pro lifers and even dissenters from the left, anything considered radical or controversial to the status quo gets shut down.
no one from MI, but surprise Herb Kohl D-WI. interesting he is up for relection in 2012. did you hear that Feingold will run against Kohl to gain a spot back as a sentor from Wisconsin in 2012? Defeat this bastard. Look at the republicans on the list. Hatch, Coburn, Inhofe, Graham (no surprise). keep these names in mind in your respective states dethrone Graham in his next run do not need a Log Cabin Republican(gay)
Nuke ‘em from orbit! (It’s the only way to be sure)
(Thank HEAVENS Voinovich will be gone in January!)
Freeper Telephone assignment!!
The republicans listed are to be expected to be rino’s, but Inhofe surprised me, I didn’t know he was also one..
This bill has “Bipartisan” support because it is supported by a unique combination of communists and business interests. I am opposed to any “legal” approach to Internet governance.
Leave it alone, as it has been since its birth! Let the last “FREE” bastion thrive as it has. Do not screw it up!
Quite a surprise to see Coburn on that list. He doesn’t have major media in his State, so I simply cannot posit a rationale.
Go along to get along. Their principle concern is living well. Nothing more than this, save reelection.
Agree with you, but the free internet is a greater threat to tyranny than the printing press. Expect increasing pressure, as even the dullest political hacks and toadies figure this out.
I hope the new House will treat this issue seriously and correctly, and the fight the Senate.
More important issue is “Net Neutrality”, which is about giving Liberal (communist proxies) like Google more power.
I hope Congress de-funds FCC if they actually go through with their proposal next month.
I could not agree more.
We shall see.
For the Oregon ping list...
Frigging Lady Lindsey Grahamensty has been threatening for years to shut down my 56K dialup line. Looks like he’s finally trying to make good on his threat.
Ron Wyden, THANK YOU!
Thank you Mr. Wyden!
This just shows you that guys like Coburn and Inhofe, who are usually pretty solid when it comes to objectionable legislation, let their guard down once in a while. I’m sure this was presented as being fairly innocuous legislation, and they probably didn’t bother thinking about the consequences of it. It’s a strande day when Wyden is the one that puts the brakes on it, but he has been on the right side of a couple of issues that have surprised me.
Coburn and Inhofe are USUALLY on the right (or is that “Right”?) side of issues — but they are STILL operating under the old Washington, DC “business as usual” mentality. To them, it’s as if things are exactly the same as before Barack Obama was elected, as before the Tea Parties arose, before “We The People” woke up and said “ENOUGH! Back to the Constitution! We want our Republic back!”
Coburn, Inhofe, and many others among Republicans — even “Conservatives,” STILL don’t quite GET the NEW PARADIGM. It’s NOT like it WAS before guys and gals. NO MORE DEALS. NO MORE DEBTS. No more making it up as you go along. Restore the Republic. Follow the Constitution. Don’t presume on US — you are OUR employees. Got it?!
Oh — the internet? OURS. NOT YOURS. NO TAXES. NO MORE REGULATIONS. HANDS OFF.
I really doubt that Wyden should get the credit for this.
Remember these names...esp the ones with a “R” beside them.
Who is that and what did they do with Ron Wyden??
Every once in a while that guy really does surprise me. Not often, but it does happen...
BOTH “our” senators from NY.
Couldn’t see that one coming.......
Yes, he is. He also tried to defend earmarks.
Some are no doubt voting for this so someone will do them a favor.
It’s the “DC way”.
I’m not throwing Coburn under the bus until I know more.
Let me know if you find out anything. This bill sounds purely horrible. Can’t imagine why he’d be for it.
:O( though he was one of the good guys....
How about lobbyists? Is he in someone’s back pocket?
Frankly, I'm hoping it's one of two things: Either a bias toward protecting private property rights that in this case is simply mistaken, or a trade for a vote that was really important while simultaneously believing that this bill will never make it in its current form.
Either way, we won't know unless he tells us, and even then we may not know.
Inhofe being on the list surprises me.
Ah, you are very wise, Grasshopper.
I was wondering why a RAT like Wyden (he even looks like a rat) would do something like this.
This is going to be done stealthily.
imhfe voted for it, so he’s lumped in with others who voted for it
Your right on that one!! Feinstein needs to pack her bags!
Every once in a while that guy really does surprise me. Not often, but it does happen...
Wyden? The senator who supports abortion (100% NARAL rating). The senator who supports homosexual marriage. The senator who favors gun control.
I'm sorry but the wrong stance on these key issues makes Ron Wyden just a typical democrat scumbug in my book. Nothing he does can atone for how he violates Core Conservative Principles.
The “INO” got dropped from all the “R” labels on your list.
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