However, in writing laws to target the bad actors, Congress cannot afford to forget that the primary uses of the Internet are activities protected by the First Amendment, not civil or criminal violations.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), in his statement for the record of today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. A much-needed antidote to the tone of the hearing, which was quite hostile toward the Internet, despite the occasional lip service to the value of online expression.