Items tagged "Protect IP Act"

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Competing With Free

November 28, 2011 Protect IP Act , SOPA

“We cannot compete with free.”  That is one of the justifications the movie and music industry uses to lobby for the controversial PROTECT IP Act (S. 968) and the Stopping Online Piracy Act (HR 3261).  In a recent hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, the Motion Picture Association of America’s Michael O’Leary argued:

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SOPA Hearing flawed as the bill itself

November 21, 2011 Protect IP Act , SOPA

The House Judiciary Committee hearing to discuss to the hotly debated H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was flawed on so many levels.  Even watching the hearing online was flawed, which is ironic because you would think it would be easy to obtain a legally accessible, good quality video stream on a hearing about online piracy.  Once you were finally able to view the hearing, you realized the whole thing was a setup.

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Operation Ghost Click and the value of DNSSEC

November 14, 2011 Protect IP Act , SOPA

As Congress considers adopting a scorched earth policy towards Internet piracy via legislation known as the Stopping Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act, recent events have highlighted the gravity of the trade-off that is being contemplated.  Last week the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) unveiled Operation Ghost Click, a multi-year operation that dismantled an international cyber ring that hacked into four million computers worldwide (500,000 of these computers were in U.S. homes, businesses, and government agencies).  This entire cyber criminal operation was run by a grand total of six people (that is one person for every 666,667 computers) who successfully stole $14 million by manipulating Internet advertising revenue.

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Piracy is Bad for Business, But So is SOPA

November 11, 2011 Innovation , Protect IP Act , SOPA

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is meant to promote “prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property.”  According to the proponents of SOPA, such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the U.S.

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SOPA: Immunity for Net Neutrality Violations?

November 8, 2011 Network Neutrality , Non-Discrimination , Open Internet , Protect IP Act , SOPA

One of the most dangerous aspects of SOPA is that its expansiveness means that it starts to interfere with all sorts of other areas of law.

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Copyright Does Not Trump Disability Rights Law

November 2, 2011 Limitations & Exceptions , Protect IP Act , SOPA

Who would have thought that closed captioning could become the next big copyright fight? Yesterday Public Knowledge filed reply comments in an FCC proceeding implementing new video closed captioning rules under the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”). Other commenters in the proceeding argued that copyright protections prevent video programming distributors from adding or improving captions to videos that don’t meet the CVAA’s requirements. PK stepped in to point out that even if captioning infringes copyright (which is unlikely), copyright, like any other private right, is subject to constitutional laws and regulations. Copyright does not trump a captioning law any more than real property rights trump the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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House Version of Rogue Websites Bill Adds DMCA Bypass, Penalties for DNS Workarounds

October 26, 2011 Protect IP Act , SOPA

The House has just introduced its take on the PROTECT IP Act, and they’re calling it H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act. It includes both the “rogue websites” bill and a version of the felony streaming bill. SOPA is significantly worse than its Senate cousin. This isn’t just because it uses more expansive definitions or broader language; it makes fundamental changes to who faces liability for copyright infringement. Here are a few brief highlights:

Easier for Private Parties to Declare You an IP Thief

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