Sen. Patrick Leahy Says PIPA-SOPA Style Legislation is Still Needed

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) can't let the defeat of his bill go, and continues to insist that most of the provisions in his Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are still needed. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week the Senator from Vermont bristled at the comments made by White House IP Czar Victoria Espinel, who said before the committee that maybe the problem of online piracy was solving itself through voluntary action.

"Voluntary efforts are wonderful and I am hoping the voluntary efforts will give us some confidence for the legislation we need, because ultimately we still need legislation." Leahy said after the hearing was over.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) concurred with Leahy:

"If I were the content people, I’d be working very hard to try to sort this out. It’s a technical problem within the Protect IP legislation that I think can be solved and they’re the ones who are the victims of massive crime every single day," Whitehouse said.

Sources: TechDirt, National Journal

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