By Chris Pratt
After failing to get COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) passed in 2010, he is back again this year with PIPA (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and the Theft of Intellectual Property Act).
Do not forget PIPA is the son of COICA. Back then (2010) while the Vermont ACLU was nominating Senator Patrick Leahy as the Civil Libertarian of the Year, the national ACLU office was writing him a letter in opposition to COICA legislation. Senator Wyden from Oregon subsequently tabled it.
Internet ‘Blacklist’ Bill Moves Forward
By Activist Post
It seems the lame duck Congressional session is becoming anything but unproductive. Yesterday, we saw the cloture of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), and today, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act was unanimously approved by the US Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday with a 19-0 vote. COICA has been overwhelmingly viewed by bloggers as a corporate hijacking of the internet by mega-media cartels. Indeed, it’s eventual passage will be the end of the free internet as we now it.