Though mass protest — including a voluntary “blackout” of the web — prompted Congress to throw out SOPA and PIPA in January, reports suggest that Reid might try to work intellectual property clauses into a new cyber-security bill.
A lot of details about Reid’s plans are unconfirmed, but sources have told reporters that the measure would be similar to the Kill Switch bill — which would grant the president the power to shut down the internet in the event of an emergency.
The wildly unpopular Kill Switch legislation didn’t survive the Senate in 2011.
A House bill, the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act of 2011 or PrECISE Act — would also give the the government control over large portions of the interet in the event of a cyber attack. But Reid supposedly does not think it’s heavy-handed enough.
(Barack Obama has been pushing for this kind of legislation since at least October.)
Meanwhile, in the rest of the anti-IP world, activists have continued fighting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which they claim has the potential to deal a death blow to a free web.
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