With support for current proposed anti-piracy legislation waning, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released on Thursday a compromise proposal that would likely receive the endorsement of the tech community.
The proposed legislation — which targets advertisers and credit-card companies that work with websites the offer pirated content — would crack down on copyright violations without infringing upon free speech.
It would also, presumably, face less heated opposition from tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft, all of whom have been critical of earlier proposals.
News Release: Wyden-Issa Release Draft Digital Trade Legislation
“Unveiling a proposal that both fights the unauthorized sale of digital goods and protects Internet security, commerce and speech, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today released a draft text of legislation that would use trade laws to address the flow of infringing digital goods into the United States. The draft legislation is based on the broad legislative framework that U.S. Senators Cantwell, Moran, Warner and Wyden and U.S. Representatives Lofgren, Chaffetz, Campbell, Doggett, Eshoo, Polis, and Issa released last week.
The Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act is now available at www.keepthewebOPEN.com, where visitors will have an unprecedented opportunity to review the legislation, submit comments, suggest edits and even ask questions about the legislation with a new tool called Madison. Interested members of the public, industry and advocacy organizations and even those supporting alternative approaches to protecting IP are invited to visit the site and offer feedback. Senator Wyden and Congressman Issa say that the site’s discussion will provide “invaluable” feedback as they work to finalize the legislation.”