Rick Santorum Comments on SOPA at NH Campaign Stop

January 9, 2012 -

Mediaite chronicles Republican presidential Candidate Rick Santorum's views on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) at a recent campaign event in New Hampshire.

“There is, and can be, a limitation on that. You know, freedom of speech. The things you can’t say," Santorum said at the event "You can’t cry ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. And there are limitations to all freedoms. They’re not absolute rights. They are rights that have responsibilities that come with them, and if you abuse those rights… then you have a consequence of you using that right."

Santorum went on to say that piracy is an abuse of someone's rights and that while the internet can be “a powerful force for good,” making it a "regulation-free zone" would be the wrong approach. For the record, Santorum never specifically said that he endorsed SOPA, and admitted in that exchange the he was not aware of what was in the bill.

New Hampshire will vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday. Santorum trails behind everyone except Texas Governor Ricky Perry in the latest polls from the Granite State.

Source: Mediaite, Image credit: www.ricksantorum.com.

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Re: Rick Santorum Comments on SOPA at NH Campaign Stop

Of course he's in favor of it, it won't effect him.

Re: Rick Santorum Comments on SOPA at NH Campaign Stop

"They’re not absolute rights. They are rights that have responsibilities that come with them, and if you abuse those rights… then you have a consequence"

Yes! Except he's only acknowledging one side of it.

Intellectual property rights are artificial political rights created by the government based on a social contract, not natural rights like freedom of speech which are based on "the laws of nature and of nature's God." Political rights are not absolutes (like natural rights) but should be limited. (intellectual property in both duration and scope) And all rights have responsibilities that come with them (like respecting the physical private property rights of consumers) and if you abuse those rights (like deploying Digital Restrictions Management and invasive non-negotiated EULA requirements) there ought to be a consequence.

Re: Rick Santorum Comments on SOPA at NH Campaign Stop

So, business and banking should be a regulation free zone, but the internet and speech in general can and should be regulated.

That is a deeply disturbing way of governing.

Re: Rick Santorum Comments on SOPA at NH Campaign Stop

Considering how big an idiot Santorum is, I don't doubt he would take such a regulatory view of the internet. I really don't see why 25% of republicans in Iowa thought he was a good choice.

Re: Rick Santorum Comments on SOPA at NH Campaign Stop

Well, 25% of the Republicans that showed up to vote in the caucuses. Iowa's a weird state in election years. It gets more attention than any other caucus or primary, but it's also probably the least representative. These votes have low turnouts to start with, and Iowa has generally had low turnouts even by those standards, and heavily weighted towards the far right, which in the general election don't end up accounting for a very big chunk of Repulbican voters in Iowa.

 
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