Groups Ask Congress to Postpone new Anti-Piracy Efforts

Josh Smith | Nextgov | February 6, 2012

Opponents of the House's Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act in the Senate want Congress to hit pause on efforts to forge new anti-piracy legislation. In a letter sent to Capitol Hill on Monday, about 70 advocacy groups, Internet companies, and venture capitalists urged Congress to stop pushing new legislation until all concerns have been addressed.

"Now is the time for Congress to take a breath, step back, and approach the issues from a fresh perspective," the groups wrote. "The concerns are too fundamental and too numerous to be fully addressed through hasty revisions to these bills. Nor can they be addressed by closed-door negotiations among a small set of inside-the-beltway stakeholders." Amnesty International, Consumers Union, Public Knowledge, and Mozilla were among the organizations that signed the letter.

Besides addressing the criticism that led to last month's unprecedented online protest by thousands of Internet companies, including Google and Wikipedia, Congress should work to determine the full extent and impact of online piracy, the letter said...