PIPA co-sponsor drops support for his own Bill

19 Jan

When you craft a Bill that can restrict the freedom of the Internet, you are not going to be liked by many. Fortunately, one of the co-sponsors of PIPA has dropped support for his own bill after realizing that it was a terrible idea to begin with according to his Facebook page.

Senator Marco Rubio, a co-sponsor of the PIPA Bill has had a change of heart and has pulled his support for the Bill. He states on his Facebook page:

I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.

The good news is that he has pulled his support, the bad news is that PIPA and SOPA are still around. But for PIPA, this is a major blow to the credibility of the Bill. Senator Rubio does state that Internet Piracy still needs to be addressed but PIPA would inhibit the freedom of the Internet.

​The usual banter that PIPA would actually protect jobs was the reason behind the Bill but at the end of the day, it would have killed the Internet that we know today. Consider this one small step in the direction of protecting our Internet freedom but the fight is far from over.

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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Tech-News


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