Apr 11, 2012

Is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act the new version of SOPA?

There was a lot of grassroots opposition that pushed back against SOPA, but now I see that a new bill has been introduced in the House. The bill, sponsored by Mike Rodgers (R-MI) is called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CIPSA), and would enable companies to bypass laws to use "cybersecurity systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information to protect the rights and property" of the company. It doesn't really spell out what using "cybersecurity systems" means, but it defines cybersecurity in a way that specifically includes intellectual property. Does this really mean that what the MPAA and RIAA wanted in SOPA is just being repackaged as a way to protect against "threats" aka "it's for the children"?  What is there to prevent this from being used to monitor communications and block websites just like SOPA was intended to do?


Sometimes it is hard to tell whether a bill contains things because it is poorly drafted or it is a payback to donors.  So I just checked the data on Congressman Rodger's top 20 financial donors through opensecrets.org.  Among those top 20 donors, AT&T donated $6000 to him, and Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Verizon and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association each donated $5000.  AT&T also donated an additional $5000 to his PAC.  You be the judge whether that is the donor list of an impartial person.  

These congressman and senators are bought and paid for by industry. So it doesn't surprise me that they keep trying to push this stuff. When beaten, they simply rename the bill and resubmit it later.

Well, it's said that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty and that's probably true in this case. When the entertainment industry is bribing politicians left and right, you know that these crooks will do the bidding of their vile masters.

I have not read the bill you cited, but it wouldn't surprise me if it is SOPA in a revised version. It's exactly what the useless vermin down in Washington tend to do on a regular basis. I would like to see how much money the sponsor of the bill is getting paid by the entertainment (and other) industries.

Nixon said to follow the money and he was quite right.
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