PIPA Sponsor Working on Amendment to Remove Search

January 19, 2012 -

Politico reports that Protect IP Act (PIPA) lead sponsor Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) are in discussions to remove the search engine provisions from the bill. Leahy is reportedly working with the Arizona Senator to hammer out a "manager’s amendment" prior to the bill's floor vote scheduled for next Tuesday. A Leahy spokeswoman confirmed with Politico that the two senators have "authorized their staffs to discuss a manager’s amendment."

Both PIPA and SOPA have caused a lot of problems for lawmakers as an undetermined amount of constituents hammered them with phone calls, emails, tweets and Facebook posts urging them not to go forward with these bills.

While this manager's amendment is meant to satisfy the likes of Google and Wikipedia, there are still plenty of other concerns about the bill including the lack of expert testimony on the pitfalls of enacting such a sweeping piece of legislation on the Internet and its community and provisions that handle fair use in an unreasonable way.

Luckily several senators including Rand Paul and Ron Wyden have promised to filibuster the bill.

Source: Politico. Image Credit: leahy.senate.gov


Re: PIPA Sponsor Working on Amendment to Remove Search

Anything short of trashing the bill entirely is unacceptable.

Re: PIPA Sponsor Working on Amendment to Remove Search

So basicly bit by bit they are going to put in exceptions to satisfy any group large enough to hurt them, but leave all the structural problems in.

Kinda reminds me of the 'patent reform' they did a while back.. a few sweet exceptions for a handful of powerful lobby groups, but for the general case all the same problems were still there.

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