Issa introduces SOPA alternative in the House

The OPEN Act would allow copyright holders to file complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission

By , IDG News Service |  Networking, copyright, legislation

Among the co-sponsors of the OPEN Act are many of the most vocal opponents of SOPA, including Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo, both California Democrats; Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican; and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican.

Also sponsoring the bill is Representative Jim Langevin, a Rhode Island Democrat and activist for improved cybersecurity practices.

SOPA would allow the U.S. government and copyright holders to "filter the Internet," while the OPEN Act represents a compromise that will crack down on piracy, Langevin said in a statement.

"Instead of trying to mitigate security, economic, and Internet freedom concerns with broad, over-reaching technical solutions, I support proposals like this one that seek a middle ground for curbing online piracy while protecting American jobs and innovative technologies that have allowed us to remain the world leader online," he added.

The Consumer Electronics Association, a vocal opponent of SOPA, applauded Issa and the other sponsors for introducing the OPEN Act.

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is grant_gross@idg.com.

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