Entries Matching: Protect IP Act
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.