Originally Posted by Don Hills
If there is no debate, there is no confidence that the law will prove sound. I'm sure you've been in situations where you propose a plan of action. Someone else expresses a doubt about some aspect of it. If their doubt is actually covered by the plan, you can explain it and hopefully allay their doubts. If it's not covered, you say "Ah. I didn't think of that", and you modify the plan to cover it. It is a democratic process, and last time I looked you lived in a democracy, though you need justice too, and you don't always get it... Wall St bankers.
The problem many people have with SOPA is that its language doesn't match its stated purpose. It's not just "pirates" and "freetards" who have these concerns, either - for example, see the banner at the top of Bob K's site: Audio CD Mastering, Mixing & Replication
On the other hand, there are many people who are so desperate for something - anything - to stem piracy that they'll accept almost anything to get it. Perfectly understandable. I just hope they get what they want without it all turning to custard.
The thing is, legislators do
hear both sides (i would argue that the hear more of the Big Tech side of the argument, as they have the most powerful and most numerous lobby, but that's neither here nor there
) before writing anything. After it's written they again hear both sides, and modify. this happens over and over before there's even a final draft. [notice all the "Struck -Out" language in the Bill..]
They listen to concerns, and if warranted, change the language.
(believe me, i know... i watch C-Span sub-committee hearings when i can't sleep
.. [better than warm milk!] )
You're acting like non of the Big Tech concerns were even listened to. This is not the case.
Back when i was involved in a lawsuit, we settled out of court via "mediator".
His exact quote was: When BOTH sides are equally unhappy with the the verdict, that's when i know it is balanced.
If you think there will be no discomfort -- on either side-- you're waiting for a ship that will never sail.