Items tagged "Protect IP Act"

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How Hollywood Brought On The Web Blackout

January 18, 2012 Protect IP Act , SOPA

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

January 18, 2012 Enforcement , Protect IP Act , SOPA

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

January 17, 2012 Protect IP Act , SOPA

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

January 14, 2012 Press Release , Protect IP Act , SOPA

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

January 13, 2012 Press Release , Protect IP Act , SOPA

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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PIPA and SOPA: Compare and Contrast

January 5, 2012 DMCA , Enforcement , Internet Protocol , Protect IP Act , SOPA

I keep getting asked if the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) is better or worse than the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Even without addressing how misleading relative terms like “better” can be, it’s impossible to give an unequivocal answer because of several significant differences between the details of the bills, even if they both do many of the same things (and do them badly).

So while both bills try to curb online infringement by tampering with the domain name system (DNS); allow private actors to de-fund targeted sites, and grant blanket immunity to certain intermediaries for taking copyright law into their own hands, each has its own peculiarities that cause additional problems.

Is PIPA worse?

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PIPA’s January 24th Vote and How a Filibuster Works

January 1, 2012 Protect IP Act , SOPA

To start, there is no such thing as an infinite filibuster based on one person objecting to a bill passing.  Such a dynamic is the stuff of Hollywood movies (ironically) and has not existed in the United States Senate for decades.  Below I will summarize how the process will work and why citizen involvement over the next few weeks is critical.  For a very detailed explanation of how the Senate filibuster works you should read this Congressional Research Service report.

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It worked for China, why not the United States?

December 15, 2011 MPAA , Piracy , Protect IP Act , SOPA

This is the question that is before Congress as it decides on what to do with the Domain Name Server filtering provisions in the Stopping Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  Public Knowledge has advocated from the beginning against this provision because it would make the Internet less secure, sacrifice our moral high ground internationally, and to top it off it will do nothing to deter Internet piracy.  So while many would experience revulsion at the idea of adopting any tool that is used in the Great Firewall of China, the proponents of SOPA and PIPA have in fact, embraced it.

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Public Knowledge Commends Wyden-Issa Alternative To Internet-Killing IP Bill

December 8, 2011 Press Release , Protect IP Act , SOPA

Background: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and several colleagues have released draft legislation to curb online copyright infringement.  Text of the draft and discussion of it is here.  

 The Twitter hash tag #open was set up to discuss the draft bill.

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

“We are very pleased that Senator Wyden, Rep. Issa and their colleagues of both parties in both the Senate and House have come up with a more reasonable approach to combating foreign copyright infringement than the bills currently before Congress.

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PIPA v SOPA

November 29, 2011 Enforcement , Protect IP Act , SOPA

Proponents of the “PROTECT IP Act” or “PIPA” or “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011” are trying to make it seem like PIPA is the reasonable alternative to its cousin in the House, the so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act” or “SOPA.” Some even say that SOPA’s extremism might be an intentional ploy to create political wiggle room for PIPA.

In reality, PIPA and SOPA both jeopardize online community platforms and innovation, set a bad example for internet censorship globally, and threaten security online. True, there are differences in the legislation, but it’s mostly a matter of degrees—in which PIPA is really bad and SOPA is scarily worse.

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