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November 22, 2010

Oregon Senator Vows To Delay COICA Until It Requires Re-Submission


I didn't expect my pointing towards the very real plight felt by artists like Colleen Doran as a tacit endorsement of the bill that's put those issues into the spotlight: the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. For one thing, I felt that it would have been unfair to Doran, as my memory is the essay in question didn't mention a specific piece of legislation. I think the broader issue is more interesting than the specific one, too, at least in comics, and hold out hope for an eventual sub-cultural changing-of-minds, or enough minds, an overall easing of the issue's press on commercial concerns that we've been repeatedly told won't happen.

It's an overall good, I think, to see that Ron Wyden is going to take steps to delay the bill long enough it has to be resubmitted. It sounds like bad legislation to me in a lot of ways: too broad in places (among other factors, this site could conceivably be a target), it allows for a shutdown with little more than a heads-up before it cracks you in the nose, and I would imagine -- I don't know, this could be ridiculous -- that it could lead to a series of moves by proponents of these activities that could make for a greater and much less structured process by which the same thing would be accomplished. At the same time, the fact that the bill shot through Congress like a greased pig tossed down a Slip 'n' Slide hopefully adds force to the search for more precise remedies. Or people could just stop being presumptuous buttheads. Just saying.
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