Patrick Leahy Stresses Urgency in Passing Anti-Piracy Laws

We missed the statement PIPA sponsor Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) issued late last week about the urgency of passing anti-piracy legislation. Either Leahy doesn't understand the law written by the lobbyist who donated to him, or it is time for him to retire. In his statement Leahy continues to support a fact that has yet to be proven by any kind of study or research: that piracy from overseas web sites cause the entertainment industry to lose jobs. His former colleague (Senator from Connecticut) and now the president of the Motion Picture Association of America said the same thing the morning after an Internet protest derailed both PIPA and SOPA.

In his statement, Leahy said that he understood Senate Majority Speaker Harry Reid's decision, but warned that the knee-jerk reaction to protests from fellow lawmakers was making criminals in other countries like China and Russia downright jolly:

“I understand and respect Majority Leader Reid’s decision to seek consent to vitiate cloture on the motion to proceed to the PROTECT IP Act. But the day will come when the Senators who forced this move will look back and realize they made a knee-jerk reaction to a monumental problem. Somewhere in China today, in Russia today, and in many other countries that do not respect American intellectual property, criminals who do nothing but peddle in counterfeit products and stolen American content are smugly watching how the United States Senate decided it was not even worth debating how to stop the overseas criminals from draining our economy.”

It's ironic that Leahy mentions China and Russia; If he had had his way last week, Americans would be using an Internet that operated much like it does in those countries – heavily censored.

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