CISPA Proponents Defend Bill Against Attack
The proponents of a new cyber security bill in congress have defended it against criticism that it may be the next SOPA. SOPA was the bill that got the internet community up in arms regarding the nature of copyright law online. One of the authors of the CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act), Representative for Michigan Mike Rogers said:
“They are so completely different. I think it’s extremely important we deal with the issue of SOPA. Clearly, there is no censorship or shutting any website down. The government doesn’t have any authority in this bill to do anything like this.”
There was concern however among some online that the wording of the CISPA was too broad and there has already been some criticism of it in some quarters. Rogers however feels that the two bills are completely different and is like comparing “Apples and Oranges.”
The CISPA is not concerned with file sharing of music video but rather the intellectual property rights of technological components. Corporate piracy and theft is a large aspect of cyber crime and American businesses are losing a lot of money from such cyber theft.
The law is much more tightly focused on cyber security and intends to help protect business and IP owners from threats online. It is designed to help both private business and the government share information on the latest cyber threats and help form protection against attack. It already has support from many companies like Microsoft and Facebook, as well as many congressmen which the SOPA bill never really had. The bill has already passed the committee stage and is due to have a vote in the House of Representatives within the next month or so.
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