Senator Marc Rubio Withdraws Support for PIPA
Posted on January 18, 2012Senator Marc Rubio posted on Facebook that he has withdrawn his support for PIPA, an Internet censorship bill. He is asking Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. He also says in a tweet, "After hearing from people with legit concerns, have withdraw support for #PIPA. Let's take time to do it right."
That's great Senator Rubio has come to his senses, but the "Let's take time to do it right" part is disturbing. The entertainment and media giants already have plenty of tools to battle copyright violaters. There are already laws that make it illegal to steal a company's or person's content. There is no need for censorship.
The sites that blacked out today and achieved success in this battle will have to remain vigilant. There are people in Congress that work for lobbyists and not for people. They will continue to try and put horrible legislation through on behalf of these companies without regard for the damage it causes to the Internet and freedom of information.