Groups Call On Congress To Step Back From SOPA-Style Legislation
By William New, Intellectual Property Watch on 07/02/2012 @ 2:50 pm
Some 70 groups from across the social and political spectrum have sent a letter to the US Senate and House of Representatives calling for them to step back from any anti-piracy legislation until more consideration can be given of the effect on the internet.
“Now is the time for Congress to take a breath, step back, and approach the issues from a fresh perspective,” they said.
Groups representing digital rights, technology companies, media, libraries, human rights, women’s rights, transparency initiatives, and others signed the letter, which is available here .
Advocacy group Public Knowledge said in a blog post, here , that the recent effort that led to Congress withdrawing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) (IPW, Access to Knowledge, 20 January 2012 ) was not the work of industry but of internet users.
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 available here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/80672293/Public-Knowledge-Internet-Letter-to-Congress
 here: http://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/hollywood-cant-handle-truth-about-sopa-and-pi
 IPW, Access to Knowledge, 20 January 2012: http://www.ip-watch.org/2012/01/20/us-senate-postpones-pipa-vote-eu-commissioner-joined-opposition/
 Industry Groups Urge European Commission To Back Strong Copyright In Upcoming Debate: http://www.ip-watch.org/2012/12/03/groups-urge-european-commission-to-back-strong-copyright-in-upcoming-debate/