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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Individual Senator Opposed Internet Censorship Bill

Individual Senator Opposed Internet Censorship Bill

Individual Senator Opposed Internet Censorship Bill

Added: Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:extratorrent.com, extratorrent, bollywood, DDR, SaM, Hindi
An Oregon Democrat, Senator Ron Wyden, believes that COICA can’t be considered the “right medicine” for tackling copyright infringement in the Internet. He therefore argued that the Bill, if not done correctly, can damage US innovation, US jobs, and a secure Internet.


Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat, definitely became a today’s hero for many after he had vowed to block the current version of the controversial COICA legislation. While the Bill’s sponsors announce that the new law would provide the Department of Justice with the instruments to trace and close down infringing sites, Senator Wyden believes it is the wrong way to address the problem.

At Senate Subcommittee meeting on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness Senator Wyden said that deploying this bill to fight copyright infringement in the Internet is the same as using a bunker-busting cluster bomb for precision-guided missile. He warned the Senate that if they don’t think the Bill through carefully, it can cause damage to the country’s innovation, jobs, and a secure web.

In fact, an individual Senator is able to place a hold on pending legislation. Besides, he can even block a roll call vote by engaging in debate and rejecting to yield the floor. All these will mean that the Bill is dead until the next Congress convenes at the very least. Meanwhile, Senator Wyden was only recently reelected for a 4th term, so he’ll be around for another 6 years.

President and CEO of the CCIA (Computer and Communications Industry Association), Ed Black, agrees with Ron Wyden, saying at the hearing that he believes the significance of this legislation should be well thought through. Really, it will be hard to persuade other countries to stop “information discrimination” if the US has similar policies of its own. Ed Black says that the Association members report about 40 governments being currently engaged in wide censorship of the Internet. Sometimes the motivation for it is obvious, or is disclosed, but such cases are rare. Usually, the processes and reasons for online censorship are opaque. In fact, only few states try to justify blocking online content or services, with restrictions designed in a transparent manner.

Hopefully, everyone will take a moment and keep their ears open to what Senator Wyden is saying in his opposition to the COICA.

November 25th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-11-25 11:40:44)
dslbandit avatarAnyone have this guy's address so I can send him a present this Christmas? I say we all chip in and get him a Mercedes or a hooker or something.

posted by (2010-11-25 19:14:01)
No avatarThe issue is that they are calling it a "problem" which we know, is just an artificial one. But still I give credit to Ron Wyden for taking a step back and thinking about it.

posted by (2010-11-25 21:26:54)
spiritchaser5150 avatarGood read Sam. It's kind of sad to think that Wyden is the only one able to see past the bill and the true negative consequences that the bill will bring. Welcome to the first stages of Communism in america

posted by (2010-11-26 02:22:28)
Dankman420 avatari'm from the US and i think this bill is BULLSHIT!!!! with ALL the other shit going on in this state
this is what there waisting there time on!!! they just want people to think there actually doing something other then going on vacations every other week!!!!!! BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by Turtle (2010-11-26 11:11:03)
excellcomputers avatarya it is a bull shit

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-11-26 19:06:20)
fusseltier avatarits because they want to look like they are doing something, but its only doing something for big business and not the people.
the people are the last on their agenda to do something for.
remember, bush passed a law that gave corporations the same rights as individuals, so now there is going to be so much money for campaigns from corps and the people will be screwed.

posted by (2010-11-27 00:40:04)
uax4it avatarThey should elect him President! Least u can see his true color..We the people 4 the people ...

posted by (2010-11-27 04:18:44)
chasnjas avatarNot hard to figure out which senator frequents extra torrent ;) lmao

posted by Blocked (2010-11-30 13:20:19)
menahunie avatarinteresting how my posts are starting to disappear without any notice from ET admins???
Censorship is alive and well....

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