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Rep. Issa Discusses SOPA/PIPA

Publication Date: 
April 11, 2012
The Stanford Daily
Aaron Sekhri

Executive Director of the Fair Use Project Anthony Falzone was mentioned in a Stanford Daily article covering a public event he led on the future of internet freedom. Aaron Sekhri filed the following report:

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) engaged in a public conversation Monday evening with Anthony Falzone, director of the Fair Use Project at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS), on the broad subject of Internet freedoms and intellectual property. The event, entitled “SOPA, PIPA and Internet Freedom: Where Do We Go From Here?” was held at the Law School in front of a crowd of mostly graduate students and faculty.

Honing in on the heavily opposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), which failed in the U.S. Senate and House, respectively, Issa discussed the need for unambiguous laws in this domain.


When asked by Falzone about the introduction of the bills in Congress, Issa said that many thought the law would pass, and the defeat was a surprise to many in Congress. The legislation’s conception, he said, was lacking in intelligence, transparency and precision.