On November 18th, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to move forward with S.3804 – Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. All 19 committee members voted to progress the bill, which means it will move to the Senate for a vote, and if passed, to the House. The committee members are:
- Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
- Ranking Member Sen. Jefferson Sessions [R-AL]
- Edward Kaufman
- Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
- Sen. Thomas Coburn [R-OK]
- Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
- Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
- Sen. Russell Feingold [D-WI]
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
- Sen. Al Franken [D-MN]
- Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
- Sen. Charles Grassley [R-IA]
- Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
- Sen. Herbert Kohl [D-WI]
- Sen. Jon Kyl [R-AZ]
- Sen. Charles Schumer [D-NY]
- Sen. Arlen Specter [D-PA]
- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
I am awaiting responses from Sen. Thune and Sen. Johnson, the SD Senators, on how they feel about the bill. Many people are worried about the possible abuse of this bill. Concerns that this bill would be a win for censorship creating an environment similar to China’s stranglehold on the internet sites their populace is allowed to view are at the front of the minds of those who oppose it.
For more on this bill, read an earlier article written by me here.
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