I spoke at a meeting of the National Rifle Association last month, where I explained the organization’s position on guns, and the NRA’s history of supporting gun control legislation.
When I said I thought the NRA would support gun control, the meeting erupted in applause and boos.
A member of the NRA said: “That’s so funny, I actually thought that was a good idea.
I thought you guys would get a lot of support for that.
We’re going to need to support more gun control.”
The NRA’s position has not changed, though.
This past week, the NRA issued a statement saying that it was “confident” that Congress will act on gun control measures.
“It is a dangerous, irresponsible, and counterproductive policy that puts law-abiding gun owners at risk of criminalization, confiscation, and disenfranchisement,” the NRA wrote.
The NRA has previously backed the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would make it a crime for websites to share copyrighted material with anyone other than authorized copyright holders.
“There’s not going to be any legislation that gets passed that addresses the issue of copyright infringement,” said Mark Ciavarella, senior policy adviser for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“That is going to have to come from Congress.”
The organization also backs the Protect IP Act, legislation that would make the theft of copyrighted works a federal crime.
“This legislation is not about making it illegal to infringe,” Ciavinasaid.
“What it does is make it illegal for anyone to steal your copyrighted work, and to prevent you from making a fair use of that work.”
A number of Republican senators have called for the creation of a national database to track and prevent copyright infringement.
And a group of Democratic senators has introduced legislation that aims to put online copyright infringement on par with trademark counterfeiting and copyright infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
It’s not clear whether Congress will pass the bills, but if it does, they’ll likely include provisions to protect copyright holders and online platforms from lawsuits.
“We are not going into a world where people are going to get to sue their favorite websites and platforms,” Ciamsaid.
In fact, it’s unclear whether online platforms like YouTube will be able to enforce the same rights as copyright holders, and whether they will be allowed to take legal action against people who upload copyrighted material without permission.
“The biggest fear is that you can’t make a good legal argument that someone did something wrong,” Cianasaid said.
“They can’t argue that the material they’re watching is infringing, or that the person who uploaded it doesn’t deserve the credit.
You’ve got to have some sort of deterrent.
If you’re going after somebody who’s uploading it without permission, the only way you’re likely to be able do it is by making them pay.”