Santorum voices support for SOPA-like Internet regulation

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    Santorum voices support for SOPA-like Internet regulation
    Hotair ^ | 01/09/2012 | Tina Korbe
    Santorum voices support for SOPA-like Internet regulation « Hot Air
    At a campaign stop this weekend, in-the-spotlight GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he supports increased Internet regulation. According to Santorum, our rights aren’t “absolute” and stop at whatever point their exercise begins to infringe on the rights of others. Piracy represents an abuse of intellectual property rights — and that abuse should have consequences, Santorum says.

    So far, so good. Everybody agrees that piracy is a problem.

    But Santorum seems too ready to look to regulation for the solution to the piracy problem, suggesting that government interference might be an effective way to thwart piraters. That, to me, seems short-sighted, given that rampant piracy is at its core an indication of inferior service from legal sellers. Let actors, musicians and others whose intellectual property is routinely ripped off come up with a more effective way to serve customers and, suddenly, piracy won’t be such a problem. Take a look at the example of comedian Louis C.K. whose faith in his fan base and willingness to offer his product in an innovative manner has been richly rewarded.

    Thankfully, Santorum stopped short of a full-throated endorsement of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. (He isn’t familiar enough with provisions of that bill to have an opinion about it one way or the other, he said.) But that the first solution to piracy he can fathom involves more regulation is still troubling.

    View video of Santorum’s comments here.


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    Sandorum is HUGE federal government and anti-rights.
     
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    This would limit the internet greatly and hurts our first amendment rights. This man is off my list!
     
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    I like how all these people say they want less government, but SOPA and protect-IP are both acts that would give more control of the internet to government than even China has.
     
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    It is a power grab on the scale of Obamacare. If not more.
     
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    The only pirates Santorum's ever been concerned about are butt pirates.

    Probably 90% of the reason he wants control over the Internet is to get spreadsantorum.com off it, and the other ten is because he's scared of homosexuals being online.

    Fucking brownshirt.
     

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