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Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Kohl to study proposed PIPA changes

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl's office says the senator is planning to consider a series of forthcoming changes to the controversial Protect IP Act in the wake of widespread outcry over the legislation in recent days.

Kohl, D-Milwaukee, is a co-sponsor of the bill, which aims to crack down on online copyright infringement. But critics -- including a number of prominent websites currently engaged in protests -- say the bill, along with the House's Stop Online Piracy Act, amounts to censorship of the Internet.

A Kohl spokeswoman wrote in an email to WisPolitics that the senator supported the bill "because we need to give law enforcement new tools to combat foreign websites that are dedicated to stealing American intellectual property and defrauding consumers."

"Senator Leahy, the lead sponsor of the Protect IP Act, announced that he plans to make major modifications to address these latest concerns," the spokeswoman continued. "Senator Kohl will be studying them to see how they square with the concerns we’re hearing."

U.S. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, and Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, have announced their opposition to the SOPA.


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