SOPA Also Dies; Anti-Piracy Push Languishes for Now

By: Friday January 20, 2012 11:38 am

After the death of PIPA this morning comes the news that Lamar Smith, the Republican chair of the House Judiciary Committee who planned on resuming the markup of SOPA, the House version of anti-piracy legislation, in February, has put the bill into cold storage. The work of the grassroots coalition did the trick: SOPA and [...]

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 Activism Moves Republicans More Than Democrats

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 8:15 am

Yesterday’s SOPA strike was enormously successful, not only raising attention to the issue but moving a tremendous amount of politicians for a one-day event. Over 4.5 million people signed Google’s petition against SOPA. The Wikipedia action gave high-profile attention to the issue as well, and even if Facebook and Twitter’s responses were muted, overall the [...]

Marco Rubio, Former PIPA Co-Sponsor, Comes Out Against the Bill

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 10:20 am

The series of anti-SOPA activism going on today has already claimed an early victory. Marco Rubio, the Florida Senator and Tea Party favorite, dropped his support after being a co-sponsor of the bill. Home to the Disney World and Universal Studios theme parks, Rubio’s Florida may be the most Hollywood-centric state outside California, and Rubio [...]

SOPA Strike: Thousands of Sites Go Dark to Protest Anti-Piracy Legislation

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 6:50 am

Wired is censored today. So is TBogg’s mini-site. The Google doodle is blacked out. And part of Daily Kos. And a lead story at The Huffington Post. And even right here. Sites like Wikipedia and Reddit and I Can Haz Cheezburger and Raw Story and Informed Comment and thousands more are completely dark today, not [...]

Google Joins SOPA Strike with Homepage Action

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 2:55 pm

The biggest Internet presence in the world will have something to add to the growing online protests against anti-piracy legislation, though they won’t go as far as shutting down their operations. Google plans to highlight the issue with an action item on their famously spare homepage. “Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose [...]

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 [...]

SOPA Stopped in House Until “Consensus” Reached

By: Monday January 16, 2012 7:35 am

In the end, it was not necessarily the White House’s opposition as much as the pressure on House Republicans that has all but doomed anti-piracy legislation for the year. Darrell Issa, who along with Ron Wyden has been out in front of the opposition to SOPA and PIPA, the respective bills on this issue, says [...]

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 [...]

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