Technically, The Pink Flamingo doesn’t know how to black out the blog today, or I would, to join the SOPA protest. I can, though point the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate at Senator Patrick Leahy and Rep. Lamar Smith. One wonders just how much money has Hollywood donated to these two individuals.
“...But Smith and Leahy vowed Tuesday to press forward with their bills — and they both pooh-poohed the protests against them.
“Every year, American businesses and the American economy bleed billions of dollars to online infringement and piracy,” Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, said in a statement. “Tomorrow, some U.S.-based websites that will not be affected by the PROTECT IP Act have announced that they will self-censor their content. At the end of the day, it is still American businesses, American consumers and American workers that are feeling the brunt of this problem.”
Leahy said that “much of what has been claimed about the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act is flatly wrong and seems intended more to stoke fear and concern than to shed light or foster workable solutions. The PROTECT IP Act will not affect Wikipedia, will not affect Reddit, and will not affect any website that has any legitimate use. A foreign rogue website is clearly defined as one that has no real purpose other than infringement. Theft and fraud on this scale undermines consumer trust in online transactions.”
Leahy added: “Perhaps if these companies would participate constructively, they could point to what in the actual legislation they contend threatens their websites, and then we could dispel their misunderstandings. That is what debate on legislation is intended to do, to fine-tune the bill to confront the problem of stealing while protecting against unintended consequences.”…”