Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SOPA and IP Protection

The Tacoma-Pierce Co. Chamber has not yet taken a policy position on SOPA, although the Chamber has supported protection for IP.  Nonetheless, as an outreach to increase the comprehensive dialogue, their information is presented for your consideration:

"The United States Chamber of Commerce, along with other Chambers, guilds, studios, and networks are supporters of Creative America, a grassroots coalition created to allow your individual voice to be heard in the fight against one of the biggest threats we as an industry face: content theft. The entertainment industry has already lost tens of thousands of jobs, and there are numerous other damaging effects as a result of content theft. 

"What Google and Wikipedia are fighting against is ANY regulation over the Internet. The bills debated in Congress are very narrow, carefully tailored pieces of legislation that will address the worst of the worst online thieves. With rogue websites receiving up to 59 billion visits per year (9 visits for every single person on Earth) something must be done to stop online theft.

"Talk of censorship and loss of Internet freedom has nothing to do with the actual substance of the bills."

And more in the interests of information exchange, today's press statement by Congressman Adam Smith:

“I am committed to finding ways to more effectively protect American innovation that helps drive our economy, but I do not support the Stop Online Piracy Act as it currently stands. Intellectual property theft and piracy undermines our competitive advantage within the global economy, negatively impacts multiple sectors within Washington State and the national economy, and costs individuals and U.S. - based businesses of all sizes billions of dollars each year. 

“It is vitally important that we protect the intellectual property of content providers in the United States from serious threats posed by online piracy, but it is also important to ensure innovators have the ability to continue creating, producing and sharing new ideas. SOPA, as it stands, would significantly prevent that from happening.

“Though intellectual property protection is critical, the policies proposed by the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are troubling. There is great concern among technology professionals and Internet users that these measures, if enacted, would place unacceptable limitations on the accessibility of online information and content, impose undue burdens on small and innovative websites and applications, and would not be the most effective way to curtail overseas illegal piracy and theft of intellectual property.

“I appreciate the attention this issue has received and the focus on finding better ways to protect American innovation and creativity without impeding the historic strengths and benefits of the Internet.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to balance these important priorities in future legislation.”

1 comment:

  1. Laws which forego due process are easily exploited to move beyond their original intent. Also, the experts in the use of the internet and how it works have seen these exploits which is why you won't see too many of them backing this bill. Wikipedia isn't in the business of breaking copyright laws. They are in the business of the free exchange of information about our world. SOPA and PIPA jeopardize those freedoms which is why they and many others oppose these bills.