Entries Matching: Protect IP Act

How Hollywood Brought On The Web Blackout

The Web blackout protests are the clearest evidence yet that the movie lobby and its preeminent tweeter, Rupert Murdoch, have it all wrong. They don't know who their enemy is. They don't even know which battle they are supposed to be fighting. All of that makes for a messy confrontation.

The story line ginned up in coverage of the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is that the dispute is between Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Or, if you read the entertainment publications, it's between Hollywood and Silicon Valley.  No, the fight is broader.  It's between Hollywood and America.

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Online Blackouts and Outrage Online: Protests Against PIPA and SOPA

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If you're reading this, you likely saw that today, January 18, Public Knowledge has "gone dark" in protest of the proposals in the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). And it's not just tech advocacy organizations like us, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and others taking this action. Major Internet communities like Wikipedia, the Internet Archive, BoingBoing, and reddit have also blacked out their web pages. Other groups reliant upon the Internet, though not often directly involved in copyright fights, like Reporters Without Borders and Global Voices are doing this as well.

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PIPA/SOPA State of Play

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There have been several developments over the past weekend, including a statement from the Whitehouse that expressed reservations about any provisions that facilitate online censorship and threaten the very framework that allows the Internet to function as it does today. With the removal of the DNS provision of SOPA and the cancellation of SOPA’s hearing in the House Oversight Committee by Rep. Darrell Issa, the focus has shifted to the equally destructive Senate companion bill, the Protect IP Act.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes White House Statement On Intellectual Property Bills

The White House today responded to public petitions asking for the Administration to oppose bills the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). The reply is here.



The following is attributed to Sherwin Siy, deputy legal director of Public Knowledge:



"The White House has made a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate over the Stop Online Piracy Act ( SOPA) in the House and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) in the Senate.

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Public Knowledge Sees Progress In Rolling Back ‘Piracy’ Bills

The following is attributed to Sherwin Siy, deputy legal director of Public Knowledge:

"It appears that lawmakers are beginning to realize how much damage their anti-'piracy' bills could cause to the Internet and to Internet-related businesses.  Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) said he would remove the highly controversial provision in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that would require Internet Service Providers to block access to Web sites.

"In addition, today six Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee told Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that consideration of the Senate version of the legislation, Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) should be postponed.

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