STRIKE AGAINST SOPA and PIPA, Do Not Stand for Internet Censorship

Today, we are striking against censorship. Join us in this historic moment: tell Congress to stop this bill now! Go to the SOPAStrike.com website by clicking here to send an email to your representatives in Congress. While it only takes a moment of your time, you will see continuing rewards from helping to maintain a free andContinue reading “STRIKE AGAINST SOPA and PIPA, Do Not Stand for Internet Censorship”

Tom’s Hardware Review Site is Against SOPA, Too

Tom’s Hardware posted the following message today on their website (click the link to read all of the reasons why a hardware and software review site would be against the Stop Online Piracy Act): Here at Tom’s Hardware, you know we don’t typically get political because with the heated debates between AMD vs. Intel whoContinue reading “Tom’s Hardware Review Site is Against SOPA, Too”

Big Internet Companies Could Hold Their Own Demonstrations in 2012

Declan McCullagh reports on CNET News that the big Internet companies could launch simultaneous anti-censorship protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act in 2012: The Internet’s most popular destinations, including eBay, Google, Facebook, and Twitter seem to view Hollywood-backed copyright legislation as an existential threat. It was Google co-founder Sergey Brin who warned that theContinue reading “Big Internet Companies Could Hold Their Own Demonstrations in 2012”

Rackspace Hosting CEO Lanham Napier Gives a Reasoned Business Perspective Why SOPA Is a Bad Law

Lanham Napier, CEO of cloud hosting provider Rackspace, argues on the official Rackspace Hosting blog that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is not the right solution to intellectual property theft: The authors of the bill say their goal is to crack down on websites that traffic in stolen movies, music, software, and other intellectualContinue reading “Rackspace Hosting CEO Lanham Napier Gives a Reasoned Business Perspective Why SOPA Is a Bad Law”

Adam Savage of the Mythbusters Comes Out Swinging Against SOPA

Adam Savage weighs in on the Stop Online Piracy Act on PopularMechanics.com: Right now Congress is considering two bills—the Protect IP Act, and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—that would be laughable if they weren’t in fact real. Honestly, if a friend wrote these into a piece of fiction about government oversight gone amok, I’dContinue reading “Adam Savage of the Mythbusters Comes Out Swinging Against SOPA”

It’s Not Just Technical: There are Legal Reasons Why SOPA and PROTECT-IP Are Wrong

Mark Lemley, David S. Levin, and David G. Post write in the Stanford Law Review that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP are misguided laws that take a “sledgehammer” approach to policing the Internet without judicial oversight. They write: These bills, and the enforcement philosophy that underlies them, represent a dramatic retreat fromContinue reading “It’s Not Just Technical: There are Legal Reasons Why SOPA and PROTECT-IP Are Wrong”

Lamar Smith Moves for Another Committee Meeting on SOPA Just Before Christmas

Mike Masnick writes on TechDirt that the adjournment of the Judiciary committee marking up SOPA might be pulling a fast one to get this bill on the floor as soon as the congressional recess is over: Update…. Or not. Despite the fact that Congress was supposed to be out of session until the end ofContinue reading “Lamar Smith Moves for Another Committee Meeting on SOPA Just Before Christmas”

A Prime Example Why SOPA Will Endanger the Internet: Spiteful Big Corporations

The other big news this past week besides SOPA was MegaUpload.com’s MegaUpload Song on YouTube: Universal Music Group (UMG) had a conniption fit, because some of their signed artists provided testimonials for MegaUpload, a file sharing site that makes it easy to share files with others. Despite MegaUpload having every right to use the testimonialsContinue reading “A Prime Example Why SOPA Will Endanger the Internet: Spiteful Big Corporations”

Joshua Kopstein on the SOPA Debates: Politicians HAVE to Get Educated About How the Internet Works

Joshua Kopstein on Motherboard.tv has a very good analysis of the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) debate in committee yesterday. He argues that politicans can no longer feign ignorance of the things that they want to legislate. Congressional knuckleheads should not try to legislate something that they know nothing about. The consequences of SOPA, ifContinue reading “Joshua Kopstein on the SOPA Debates: Politicians HAVE to Get Educated About How the Internet Works”

According to Ars Technica Report, SOPA Hearing Off to Contentious Start

I was happy to read here that the committee meeting convened to markup SOPA today didn’t go as well as the big media supporters had wanted. Apparently, things got off to a great start when: The session is likely to be a long one. Early in the hearing, Chairman Smith asked for unanimous consent toContinue reading “According to Ars Technica Report, SOPA Hearing Off to Contentious Start”