Timeline: Rep. Issa and SOPA
A list of statements and legislative actions made by Rep. Issa relating to SOPA.
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Jan 15, 2012
Postpones technical hearing on DNS blocking issue
"Earlier tonight, Chairman Smith announced that he will remove the DNS blocking provision from his legislation. Although SOPA, despite the removal of this provision, is still a fundamentally flawed bill, I have decided that postponing the scheduled hearing on DNS blocking with technical experts is the best course of action at this time. Right now, the focus of protecting the Internet needs to be on the Senate where Majority Leader Reid has announced his intention to try to move similar legislation in less than two weeks."
Jan 12, 2012
Promotional campaign for OPEN Act
Holds series of panels at the Consumer Electronics Show to promote the OPEN Act alternative.
Jan 9, 2012
Announcement of Oversight Committee hearing on SOPA
"An open Internet is crucial to American job creation, government operations, and the daily routines of Americans from all walks of life...The public deserves a full discussion about the consequences of changing the way Americans access information and communicate on the Internet today."
Dec 2, 2011
Joined discussion and drafting of alternative law (OPEN Act)
The anti-SOPA/PIPA coalition drafts an alternate proposal to give regulatory power to the International Trade Commission.
Nov 30, 2011
Quoted by Politico: Piracy Act no easy sell in House
“The solution needs to be focused on giving owners of copyrighted material new tools to attack piracy without disrupting an Internet framework that has allowed Web companies to grow and innovate,”
Nov 17, 2011
Statement to The Wrap
"I don’t believe this bill has any chance on the House floor. I think it’s way too extreme, it infringes on too many areas that our leadership will know is simply too dangerous to do in its current form.”
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