Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says that he will read the names of everyone who signs a petition against the PROTECT IP Act as part of his planned filibuster of the legislation. Wyden, who put a hold on the bill in May after it passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously, appears in a new video for DemandProgress in which he says, “Congress needs to hear from more than the lobbyists who wrote this bill, Congress needs to hear from people like you who understand the value of a free and fair Internet.”
On the other side of the debate, the Recording Industry Assn. of America released an analysis they say “underscores the unique nature of the broad, bipartisan support” for the legislation in the Senate. Of the 1,882 bills that have been introduced in the Senate so far this session, only 31 other bills enjoy the support of at least 35 cosponsors. Of those 31, only 18 enjoy “substantial bipartisan support.” The PROTECT IP Act has 39 cosponsors from both parties.
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