PIPA Co-Sponsor Admits Bill Posed a ‘Threat to the Internet’

After having a few months to think about it and let things cool down, Protect IP Act (PIPA) co-sponsor Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) conceded that SOPA and PIPA "really did pose some risk to the Internet" and that the bills had parts in it that just went too far.

Ars Technica offers a choice quote from the Senator, who tells a story about his son coming to him asking why he wanted to break the Internet and something Justin Bieber had to say about it. You may recall the images depicting what would have happened to the teen heartthrob had he sung those songs (that made him famous and get noticed) on YouTube if an earlier draft of SOPA would have passed (it showed Justin wearing an orange jumpsuit in a jail cell).

Speaking to The Hill, Coons said his sons woke him up and asked "why I wanted to break the Internet and why Justin Bieber thought I should go to jail."

"That was my first warning that we were not communicating effectively," Coons added, but also acknowledged that there were greater problems than communicating the right message. He said that some parts of the more radical SOPA "overreached" and "really did pose some risk to the Internet."

You can read the shifting messages of lawmakers, the MPAA, and the RIAA in the rest of the Ars Technica article. Basically they want to play nice with technology companies by working with them, not against them. Of course they do not realize that there would have been online protests without Google, Facebook and Reddit getting involved.

Source: Ars Technica

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    Craig R. says:

    The problem remains that he'll just start shoveling the next pile of manure that's dumped in front of him.

    The problem remains that a lot of the clowns in Congress think just like this guy.

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    Kajex says:

    So what? It's like attempting to force a baby to drink bleach because someone thought it was a good idea, then being stopped by everybody who knows better- then figuring out 6 months later why it was a bad idea even when everybody who stopped you from doing it tried to explain why it was a bad idea in the first place.

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    RedMage says:

    It's a little late for this, Chris.

    When approaching antipiracy issues in the first place, the MPAA, RIAA, and politicians had every opportunity to involve the public, tech companies, civil liberties groups, and the international community at large.  They chose not to.  Now they're the collective equivalent of a whining ex.  Between Chris Dodd offering to "meet" with tech companies, Hollywood insisting that it and Silicon Valley are on the same side, and now this embarrassing flip flopping, they seem to have realized just how unsympathetic and cowardly they've made themselves look.

    You reap what you sow.  This is the one sided debate you wanted to have, and now you're having it.  Enjoy.

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