Facts Speak for Themselves on Huffington Post Criticism of Stop Online Piracy Act

by Paul Hortenstine 12/15/2011 09:36 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Last night, the Huffington Post used its front page to highlight an article of over 7,000 words that repeated many charges against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act.  The facts speak for themselves.  The legislation is pro-Internet.  It has broad bipartisan support and the rare backing of the AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce.  It targets criminal activity, which helps legal commerce.  It goes after foreign criminal websites that are violating current copyright law and preserves American jobs.  It promotes free speech and innovation.  Targeting criminal activity makes the Internet more open and free.

The MPAA’s Michael O’Leary compared criticism of the Stop Online Piracy Act to the facts on the Huffington Post here:

“Piracy puts Americans' jobs at risk; the Stop Online Piracy Act encourages innovation and investment. Protecting intellectual property encourages economic growth.”

And Sandra Aistars of the Copyright Alliance posted about why the OPEN Act falls short for artists and creators.

“While the creative community appreciates the recognition by bill sponsors including Rep. Issa and others that there is a pressing need to address the massive online infringement being carried on by rogue sites, the proposal unfortunately does not provide an effective enforcement tool to artists and creators for a variety of reasons.”

Separately, Senator Chris Dodd wrote about free speech and copyright protections:

“Just as the First Amendment defends Americans' right to create, Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 -- the Copyright Clause -- guarantees Americans the ability to protect their creations from those who would steal them.  That is why a nation that prides itself on the free exchange of ideas must also have strong copyright protections for those ideas. Today, such protections make it possible for more than 2.2 million Americans to hold good jobs supported by the content industry.”

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