PIPA Dead in its Current Form UPDATE: Postponed

By: Friday January 20, 2012 6:23 am

PIPA will not survive next week. The latest whip count from Open Congress shows 45 Senators now opposed to the legislation, with 41 of those on the record in the media. That would be enough to stop the bill on the floor. Moreover, Mitch McConnell has asked Harry Reid to postpone the legislation, a pretty [...]

PIPA Just a Few Votes From Defeat on Cloture

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 1:01 pm

UPDATE: The update from this morning is that Harry Reid has postponed work on the bill. Go read that. We are very close to being able to predict a loss for the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, in next week’s cloture vote in the Senate. According to the Open Congress whip count, which is user-generated [...]

SOPA Strike Still Set for Tomorrow; More Websites Join

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 7:35 am

As I noted yesterday, organizers of the SOPA strike got a boost when Wikipedia said they would shut down operations tomorrow, in protest of anti-piracy legislation that could constrain their business. In place of normal content, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said he would put up phone numbers for members of Congress and try to “melt [...]

Wikipedia Shutting Down to Protest Anti-Piracy Bills in Congress

By: Monday January 16, 2012 1:36 pm

Despite the fact that SOPA looks dead in the House, PIPA, the Senate’s version of anti-piracy legislation, hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s true that six Republicans wrote to Harry Reid asking for a postponement of the bill. And Ben Cardin, a Democratic co-sponsor, announced his opposition to PIPA, even though he will remain on as a [...]

Wyden Offers Discussion Draft to Counter Internet Censorship Bill

By: Friday December 2, 2011 7:35 am

In this age of Occupy Wall Street direct action, it should be noted that the campaign that has had the most immediate impact on legislation has come from the clicktivism of the online sphere. The Protect IP Act was well on its way to passage, and it was poised to create a tool for censoring [...]

Internet Giants Speak Out Against Online Censorship Bill

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 12:15 pm

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. Today is American Censorship Day. A coalition of Internet activists, joined by some of the largest sites on the Web, invented this day to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, legislation which had its first hearing in the House Judiciary Committee today. [...]

Wyden Will Place Hold on Internet Censorship Legislation

By: Friday November 11, 2011 10:18 am

Yesterday, the Senate rejected a resolution of disapproval that would have invalidated the FCC’s net neutrality regulations. Not one member of the Democratic caucus voted with Republicans to overturn the FCC regulations. In the grand scheme, this doesn’t do much. The White House already threatened a veto of the resolution of disapproval back in April, [...]

Why Does Justin Bieber Want to Jail Amy Klobuchar?

By: Friday October 28, 2011 1:38 pm

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. What are we to make of Justin Bieber exclaiming that Amy Klobuchar needs to be “locked up”? “That guy needs to be locked up,” Bieber said after hearing about the bill, apparently not immediately remembering Amy is generally a woman’s name. “Whoever [...]

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