White House Petition Response Opposes SOPA and PIPA in Current Form

By: Sunday January 15, 2012 8:35 am

Responding to a petition on their new site “We the People,” White House officials criticized the two anti-piracy bills making its way through respective houses of Congress, warning against passing legislation that would “inhibit innovation” or lad to the “online censorship of lawful activity.” The reaction to SOPA and PIPA, the latter which is scheduled [...]

SOPA and PIPA Watered Down

By: Friday January 13, 2012 3:17 pm

In what looks like a victory for the grassroots anti-Internet censorship coalition, the sponsors of two bills moving through Congress, PIPA (Protect IP Act) in the Senate and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) in the House, have agreed to remove or water down controversial provisions that would require ISPs to block domain names that engage [...]

Anti-Censorship Coalition Bird-Dogging Senators on PIPA

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 10:51 am

This is the first whip count I’ve seen on PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, scheduled for a cloture vote in the Senate the week of January 23. As you can see, the Senate already has 49 members on the record supporting PIPA, so they need 11 more to break a filibuster. This is subject [...]

SOPA Debate Occurring in Media Vacuum

By: Monday January 9, 2012 12:14 pm

The opposition to a pair of Internet censorship bills in Congress has grown over the past week. The Online News Association delivered its opposition to the bills, joining the American Society of Newspaper Editors. As these are rights holders and content creators who would stand to gain from anti-piracy legislation, it’s significant. The State Department, [...]

US Ambassador to Spain Made Threats to Force Spanish Government to Pass Anti-Piracy Legislation

By: Friday January 6, 2012 10:55 am

The Internet censorship bills, SOPA and PIPA, bouncing around Congress don’t really work unless you apply them globally. If other countries do not vigorously protect their entertainment and high-tech industry’s copyrights in the same way as the United States, those industries will lose market share domestically. So the US has taken to pressuring other countries [...]

Internet Censorship Bill Coming Up in Senate in Three Weeks

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 2:16 pm

Let’s define some terms here. The Internet censorship bills have different names depending on which chamber of Congress you’re talking about. The House bill is called SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. That bill is currently in the committee process and has not yet cleared the Judiciary Committee. Observers thought this would happen at the [...]

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