Lofgren heads to reddit for help with bill language


Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) is turning to online community and aggregator reddit to crowdsource a legislative proposal that would dictate how domain name seizures are handled in the cases of alleged copyright infringement, libel and obscenity.

In a Nov. 19 announcement, Lofgren said she is utilizing reddit because of its vociferous opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act. On Jan. 18, 2012, Wikipedia, reddit, and roughly 7,000 smaller websites organized a service blackout to raise awareness of privacy concerns in SOPA.

The legislation aims to "build due process requirements" into domain name seizures by requiring the government to provide notice and give the accused a chance to defend themselves prior to the seizing or redirecting of the domain name.

Lofgren said her bill on domain name seizures "does not mean I accept the practice as legal or costitutional."

The congresswoman's reddit post is about 800 votes short of making it to the front page of reddit as of the morning of Nov. 21. Lofgren said she would consider the suggestions made by the community even if her post did not make it to the front page.

Reddit has become a political tool in its own right. President Obama did an "Ask Me Anything" question and answer session before the election and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) did his own AMA during the SOPA consideration.

For more:
- see Rep. Lofgren's statement
- go to the Lofgren's reddit post

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