Controversial 'PROTECT IP' bill draws new criticism & opposition

Controversial ‘PROTECT IP’ bill draws new criticism & opposition.

[newsimage][/newsimage]Senator Patrick Leahy's "PROTECT IP" bill (.pdf) alleged it would "prevent online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property." Several critics, however, saw it more as a thinly-veiled censorship tool to be wielded by the government whenever corporations came knocking. Erik Schmidt, Google executive chairman, voiced concerns about the bill's implications during a London conference in May. The proposal even met stiff resistance from within the senate itself. And now a group of like-minded professors specializing in Internet and IP law has announced that its opposition to the bill numbers over 90 strong - a number it insists will continue to grow.

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