The Recording Industry Association of America pressed lawmakers on Wednesday to oppose an online piracy bill offered by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) as an alternative to controversial legislation shelved by Congress last month.
The recording industry argues the Issa-Wyden bill should be scrapped because it would do nothing to stop online piracy and could even make the problem worse.
“No legitimate Internet service should profit from illegal activity or lead its users to illegal sites. The OPEN Act does nothing to stop this behavior and may even make the problem worse,” the RIAA said in a document being circulated to every member of Congress on Wednesday.
“It does not establish a workable framework, standards or remedies. It is not supported by those it purports to protect. It needs to be scrapped.”
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take a look at OPEN, its much better than sopa/pipa
In contrast, the OPEN Act would send complaints about foreign rogue websites to the International Trade Commission. Supporters argue the ITC is the proper venue for such disputes and has relevant experience, but the content community claims the ITC moves too slowly and favors tech firms.
Under OPEN, the ITC would be authorized to force payment processors, ad networks and other sources of revenue to cut ties with rogue sites. Issa and Wyden have suggested that if SOPA and PIPA were completely off the table, the content community might favor OPEN’s “follow the money” approach.
It sounds much better than the alternatives and even if the site contains only pirated content, if its totally user submitted, it can’t be shut down as long as the owners do not endorse or aid in the uploading of copyrighted content.