Skip to comments.Santorum voices support for SOPA-like Internet regulation
Posted on 01/09/2012 12:13:27 PM PST by SeekAndFind
At a campaign stop this weekend, in-the-spotlight GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he supports increased Internet regulation. According to Santorum, our rights aren’t “absolute” and stop at whatever point their exercise begins to infringe on the rights of others. Piracy represents an abuse of intellectual property rights — and that abuse should have consequences, Santorum says.
So far, so good. Everybody agrees that piracy is a problem.
But Santorum seems too ready to look to regulation for the solution to the piracy problem, suggesting that government interference might be an effective way to thwart piraters. That, to me, seems short-sighted, given that rampant piracy is at its core an indication of inferior service from legal sellers. Let actors, musicians and others whose intellectual property is routinely ripped off come up with a more effective way to serve customers and, suddenly, piracy won’t be such a problem. Take a look at the example of comedian Louis C.K. whose faith in his fan base and willingness to offer his product in an innovative manner has been richly rewarded.
Thankfully, Santorum stopped short of a full-throated endorsement of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. (He isn’t familiar enough with provisions of that bill to have an opinion about it one way or the other, he said.) But that the first solution to piracy he can fathom involves more regulation is still troubling.
View video of Santorum’s comments here.
“I saw the clip, and he never said that they had to be *governmental* regulations.
Try doing some research next time.”
Thanks for your post.
The knee-jerk reactions from so-called conservatives are going to kill us.
We already have tons of laws and regulations regarding piracy.
SOPA has nothing to do with piracy.
We don’t need government in every damned aspect of our lives.
“It absolutely will. Under SOPA, the Attorney General can take down sites without a court order.”
“Can” is the operative word there, and it is not any Attorney General that I am trusting, but the courts, which will, in my opinion, provide injunctions and appeals against an Attorney General’s action when they agree that there is a good argument against the “chain of evidence” rationale where the “pirates” are not the site being shut down and the site that is has simply unknowingly allowed a link to the “pirates” to be placed, by a user onto their web pages some where. The SOPA law may have allowed such an extreme circumstance but I do not think the courts will accept it. The fact that the law allows certain actions without a court order will not stop the courts from weighing in against it, and there are plenty of judges who will chose to do just that.
Expect there is no trial,court order or anything before shutting down the website, send a dmca claim and valla freerepublic gone in a day
Yes trust the government what a great idea!
I had decided it was either Gingrich or Santorum. Any candidate that finds SOPA or any similar regimen acceptable is not acceptable to me.
So a guy running for POTUS is advocating regulations--just not government ones. What do you think he means?
Websites dealing with creative content could be self regulatory. A significant part of Santorum’s message is to have less government involvement by getting it out of the way of the private sector.