Opponents of online piracy bill unswayed by changes

{mosads}”After 30 years on intellectual property issues, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Shapiro said, adding that the public has “woken up” and responded in anger to the bill’s overreach. He said SOPA and its Senate counterpart PROTECT IP now lack support outside of the Judiciary Committees and would be unable to pass Congress.

Issa and a bipartisan coalition from both chambers have offered an alternative online piracy bill dubbed the OPEN Act, which would give the International Trade Commission jurisdiction over online copyright claims against foreign sites.

That bill’s provisions would force only payment processors and online ad networks to cut ties with rogue sites but leave out search engines and other Web firms. Shapiro said his member companies were much more supportive of the OPEN Act, and predicted SOPA supporters would come over to the new bill as the debate unfolds.

Update: Smith’s spokesman sent the following statement in response on Tuesday: “It’s unfortunate that some of the critics of the Stop Online Piracy Act continue to rely on fiction rather than the facts. This bill does not give unilateral authority to the Justice Department to shut down foreign rogue websites. Under the Stop Online Piracy Act, the Justice Department must go to a federal court and lay out the case against a foreign infringing site. If a judge agrees that the site is an illegal and infringing rogue website, then a court order can be issued authorizing the Justice Department to seek to have the site blocked or have financial ties severed…The Stop Online Piracy Act is the right solution to the problem of foreign rogue websites. The manager’s amendment improves the legislation, increases industry support, and ensures the protection of American innovation and American jobs.”

This post was updated at 6:10 p.m.


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