And that’s a good thing.
Recent legislation in the forms of SOPA and PIPA have united the most unlikely of allies in the form of RedState, Wikipedia, Google, UbuWeb, Dana Loesch, and many others on the Left and the Right. PIPA co-sponsor Marco Rubio has heard the arguments and has decided to give the legislation a big rethink:
Ed Morrissey takes it home (emphasis mine):
No one disputes the need to protect and defend copyrights. Most of the websites participating in this protest have an interest in battling piracy. The need to protect copyrights, however, does not outweigh the need for checks on prosecutorial power and due process for the accused. Rubio has belatedly gotten it right — Reid needs to pull back PIPA, the House needs to scratch SOPA, and both need to start over again in those efforts.
Stopping foreign piracy is necessary, but if this isn’t done exactly right, our government will run roughshod over “fair use” rights based on the latest political whims. (Can you say “Righthaven times-10?”) We have to be vigilant in the defense of the free and open Internet. FCC Chairman Julius “Caesar” Genachowski has been attempting power grabs under the banner of “Net Neutrality” for the past three years. Give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.