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Pro-SOPA Judiciary Head Calls for U.S. Copyright Law Revamp

piratesmoviejackrunningRep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and one of the original co-sponsors of the much-maligned antipiracy bill SOPA, on Thursday called for a set of hearings about copyright law.

Noting massive changes in technology, Goodlatte said he wanted to evaluate whether copyright law is still working in the digital age.

“Contrast how American citizens kept up with the latest news in Boston last week to when Paul Revere rode nearby to warn the local communities of the British advance in 1775,” he said.

Goodlatte didn’t describe his aims in great big flashing antipiracy lights, though he did specify that the issues to discuss may include compensation for copyright owners, historical access, statutory licenses and damages for infringement. He said the hearings would occur “in the months ahead.”


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik