19 January 2012

SOPA / PIPA slips...

January 18, 2012



Online Piracy Act Loses Support


After an unprecedented day of Internet-based lobbying, a proposal to clamp down on online piracy lost support Wednesday.


The Stop Online Piracy Act and a Senate companion, the Protect IP Act, were criticized by websites such as Wikipedia and Google as being written too broadly.


Hollywood took a different view, arguing the measure is necessary to stop online pirating of movies, TV shows and other copyrighted material.


But Silicon Valley appears to have won this round, with several lawmakers backing away from the bill.




Congressional Websites Go Dark

Lofgren's websiteIt wasn't just Wikipedia that went dark Wednesday.

At least four Members of Congress "blacked out" their offiical websites in solidarity with an Internet-wide protest by opponents of bills to crack down on online piracy of music and movies.


Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Earl Blumenaeur (D-Ore.), Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) showed protest messages on their House.gov sites on the same day as link aggregator Reddit and online encylopedia Wikipedia.



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