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  • Senate Conservatives Warn Reid Against PROTECT IP Blitz

    Six conservative U.S. senators voiced concerns Friday over the substance and procedural context of controversial legislation to block Internet piracy, noting potential economic damages and free speech restrictions the legislation might impose.

    Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Tom Coburn (R-OK), sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Friday expressing their concerns.

    The letter, whose signatories include the ranking Republicans on the Budget, Finance, and Judiciary Committees, warns of “breaches in cybersecurity, damaging the integrity of the Internet, costly and burdensome litigation, and dilution of First Amendment rights” could result from passage of the hotly-contested PROTECT IP Act.

    The legislation would empower the Justice Department to pursue legal action against any site that hosts content that violates intellectual property laws through measures that could include blocking access to such sites for all American Internet users. Given the concerns voiced by third parties opposed to the legislation, the letter states, Senate leaders “need to resolve as many outstanding concerns as possible prior to proceeding to floor consideration.”

    The senators also reaffirmed their request that “the bill be fully debated and amendments not limited” when it does comes to the Senate floor – on Jan. 24, according to the current Senate schedule. That tight time frame, the senators warned, may not permit the substantive changes to the legislation needed to secure their support.

    Here is the letter in full:

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities, Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    10 Responses to Senate Conservatives Warn Reid Against PROTECT IP Blitz

    1. Caitlin says:

      These Politicians aren't interested in protecting property rights. Orrin Hatch advocates destroying computers without due process: http://www.dethronehatch.com/orrin-hatch-is-no-fr
      Senator Hatch also is receiving thousands of dollars to push PIPA/SOPA through Congress: http://blog.experts-exchange.com/ee-tech-news/sop

      Regulating the Internet is futile anyway

    2. Sounds to me like Reid wants to jam another one down our throats.

    3. Little by little the liberals are taking away our freedom and I don't any outrage from the public. Evidently the liberals are doing a very good job disguising what they're doing. It seems they put up a good headline to grab people's attention, but the not enough people are reading the whole article to see exactly what Obama is doing to us which is taking away our liberty. If Obama wins re-election we will all know exactly what he has up his sleeve regardless of what party you support. But it will be too late then.

    4. Indy says:

      Only 6, that list is too short, where are the others?

    5. Bobbie says:

      One of many in senate people need protection from is Harry Reid. Where's that bill? Any protection we need in the private sector, we'll find in the private sector without the costs of unconstitutional government who wouldn't respect our freedom able to protect ourselves in these areas.

    6. captain says:

      This sounds like a smoke screen to allow even worse legislation. KILL the damn bills NOW. We need to give copyright back to the actual creative people if we want to encourage creativity. We also need to allow artists to stand on the shoulders of those who came before. DeDisney our copyright laws, please.

    7. ScottB says:

      Thanks, Senators, for representing us and protecting our rights and freedoms from excessive government intervention and intrusion!

    8. Steve McAlister says:

      Thank You for standing up for our freedom. Please accept my support and gather up more Reps for the fight. we need our freedom of speech and unblocked useage of the Internet.

    9. TLE says:

      Freedom of speech and unblocked usage of the Internet! I agree, but as a Republican I see many on both sides of the isle for and against. This is not Dem vs GOP, but America as we now know it that's up for stake. Freedom is up on the ballot! We need to kill this bill completely. It should never make the Senate floor. This has the smell of big money interests not the average US citizen. We need get involved before it's too late. Technology was given away by these US companies trying to reap profits. Their huge foreign investment and realignment/ movement of their work-force to other countries is what is crippling the US, not piracy! Stand up and be a voice!

      Once tinkering with the internet and laws that prohibit happen, it will not stop there. And if the UN gets any control, watch out US citizens.

    10. TLE says:

      Freedom of speech and unblocked usage of the Internet! I agree, but as a Republican I see many on both sides of the isle for and against. This is not Dem vs GOP, but America as we now know it that's up for stake. Freedom is up on the ballot! We need to kill this bill completely. It should never make the Senate floor. This has the smell of big money interests not the average US citizen. We need get involved before it's too late. Technology was given away by these US companies trying to reap profits. Their huge foreign investment and realignment/ movement of their work-force to other countries is what is crippling the US, not piracy! Stand up and be a voice!

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