Timeline: Sen. Feinstein and PIPA
A list of statements and legislative actions made by Sen. Feinstein relating to PIPA.
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Jan 12, 2012
Letter to constituent
"The bill does not violate First Amendment rights to free speech because copyright piracy is not speech. America’s copyright industry is an important economic engine, and I believe copyright owners should be able to prevent their works from being illegally duplicated and stolen. The protection of intellectual property is particularly vital to California’s thriving film, music, and high-technology industries. I understand you have concerns about the 'PROTECT IP Act.' While I voted in favor of this bill when it was before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have also been working with California high-technology businesses to improve the bill and to address the concerns of high-tech businesses, public interest groups and others. I recognize the bill needs further changes to prevent it from imposing undue burdens on legitimate businesses and activities, and I will be working to make the improvements, either by working with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) or through amendments on the Senate floor."
Dec 14, 2011
Quoted by HuffPo: Senator Floats Alternative to Internet Blacklisting Bills
"I don't believe that they [Silicon Valley and Hollywood] are [opposed]. I thought we had reconciled the issues. The bill's been passed out of committee."
May 26, 2011
Votes to move PIPA out of committee
Part of unanimous vote of approval by Senate Judiciary committee to move PIPA forward.
May 12, 2011
Nov 18, 2010
Votes to move COICA out of committee
The Senate Judiciary committee voted unanimously to move COICA forward.
Sep 20, 2010
Cosponsors Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, S. 3804
COICA contained similar provisions and battle lines as PIPA does. It never reached a full Senate vote and was re-written in 2011 as the PROTECT-IP Act (i.e. PIPA).
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