Stewart Baker

Finding Fault with the Stop Online Piracy Act

Once again, Congress is being asked to make bad rules that will hurt network security, but this time the blame doesn’t fall on the privacy lobby.  This time the booby prize goes to the intellectual property lobby.

Below is an op-ed I wrote for Politico this week on the security consequences of the copyright enforcement bills now on the Hill — PROTECT IP and the Stop Online Piracy Act.  As it happens, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the proposal on Wednesday, when the op-ed appeared, and some of the questioning turned on my op-ed.  Indeed, I gather that it contributed to an unexpectedly ragged performance from Hollywood’s normally smooth witnesses.

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