Comments: 437 • Responses: 7 • Date: 2013-02-01 18:56:25 UTC
ZoeLofgren80 karma2013-02-01 21:44:00 UTC
I do think our copyright laws need to be reformed, and I am working on a copyright reform bill. A great many laws need to be brought more up to date in light of new technology and for the Internet to continue to flourish, but sometimes rolling everything into one bill is not the most effective way to get something passed.
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ZoeLofgren54 karma2013-02-01 21:34:50 UTC
I'm optimistic, but it's going to take a lot of positive public support. Getting something through Congress is a lot harder than stopping something.
ZoeLofgren46 karma2013-02-01 22:15:12 UTC
The enthusiasm and power of the Internet, the expressions of support from other lawmakers like Senator Wyden, the straightforward and commonsense reforms in the bill, and my natural optimism.
ZoeLofgren28 karma2013-02-01 22:05:32 UTC
The earliest the draft can be formally introduced as an actual bill would be next week, when the House is back in session. Before the bill is introduced, I will urge my colleagues in the House to become "original cosponsors" of the bill. Then after the bill is introduced, I will continue to urge my colleagues to become cosponsors. Once a bill is introduced, it usually gets referred to a Committee. Aaron's Law will almost certainly be referred to the Judiciary Committee. It is up to the Committee Chairperson whether the bill gets a hearing or a vote. There are several more steps after that, but those are the immediate ones. Sustained public support throughout that process (i.e., urging your Representatives and Senators to cosponsor or vote in favor) is important for the bill to continue advancing.
ZoeLofgren19 karma2013-02-01 21:32:45 UTC
I was pulled into a meeting. I have also posted to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, which I understand is "proof" -
ZoeLofgren18 karma2013-02-01 22:09:25 UTC
Express your support to your Representatives and Senators, and urge them to cosponsor or vote in favor. But the trick will be for a lot of people to keep that up over a long period, until the bill is enacted into law.
ZoeLofgren15 karma2013-02-01 22:11:49 UTC
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