Entries Matching: Protect IP Act
today, a most extraordinary group of people sent a letter to Capitol Hill, in
the latest round of the fight over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the
Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), telling Congress it was time to
reject the well-worn lobbying of the big media companies.
than 70 grassroots activist organizations and emerging Internet companies got
up the nerve to show Congress that it was time to stop fooling around with
bills that helped to generate the largest online protest in recent memory. More than 100,000 Web sites
participated in the Jan. 18 blackout day.
Tens of thousands of people called and visited their Congressional representatives,
all with one message: These bills are dangerous, and shouldn't be allowed to
grass-roots groups, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, human rights groups,
communities of color, and Internet companies today said Congress should stop
its work on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act
The letter, coordinated by Public
Knowledge, said, “Now is the time for Congress to take a breath, step back, and
approach the issues from a fresh perspective.” The text of the letter is
There's been a sort of giddy euphoria among the netroots recently, with a major win against harmful copyright legislation in the forms of PIPA and SOPA. And there's a lot of discussion about what to do with this newly-emergent energy and focus. Some are turning to the IP provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership, or the role of the US is pushing stringent copyright protection through the Special 301 process. Others are focusing on the Research Works Act, which threatens to overturn research funding policies that ensure that the results of taxpayer-funded research stay accessible to taxpayers.
The following is attributed to Harold Feld,
legal director of Public Knowledge:
“Everyone should be pleased that Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided not to go ahead with a vote on the
Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) on Tuesday.
“At the same time, this is a wake-up call
for Congress to abandon business as usual.
Simply tinkering with the details of this bill, or of its House
companion, is not the way to go. Neither
is a ‘summit’ between the Big Media companies and tech companies.
Yesterday was absolutely one of those days that reminds me why I stay in public advocacy. I’m a democracy junkie. Yes, I admit it. The sight of literally millions of people remembering that they are citizens and not just consumers gets me juiced.
The good news is that by every possible metric, SOPAStrike was an enormous success. We absolutely shocked the poop out of members of Congress and broke through the infamous “Washington bubble” that separates our elected officials from what is actually going on in the real world. As a result, we forced more than 20 Senators to come out publicly against PIPA/SOPA, including a number of co-sponsors withdrawing support. Fantastic!