Senate Bill 3804, the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today. It is also known as the “Internet Blacklist” bill. Remember the good ol’ days of Senator Joseph McCarthy? Those blacklists were a smashing success, weren’t they? Not so much. I will never understand why Hollywood, the silent sponsor of this legislation, is so very fond of blacklisting.
When bills like these come along, I always find it informative to check out just how much money each of the key members of Congress are paid by industrial interests to sponsor such legislation. If you are so inclined, you can easily contact your Senators regarding this legislation through Open Congress’ easy to use interface.