Growing Opposition Renders SOPA DOA

Days after an unbalanced Congressional hearing on a bill to crackdown on online copyright infringement, a government cybersecurity expert has written to Congress warning H.R. 3261 would “negatively impact” cybersecurity — and not be effective at the stated goal of reducing piracy. So far House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith has not responded to news media inquiries about…

Thai for Two?

What do the MPAA, the RIAA, the U.S. Congress, and the perennially human-rights-challenged Thai government have in common?  A similar taste in misguided regulations with draconian flair. In Thailand, the Computer Crimes Act holds a website operator responsible for any content posted on his or her website.  The country also has strict lèse majesté laws that make…

SOPA Hearing Demonstrates Need For More Expertise

The Stopping Online Piracy Hearing began Wednesday morning with six witnesses  — 5 supporting the bill to hold Internet companies and other intermediaries liable for copyright infringing material on their website. The many groups opposing the overly broad, convoluted approach to reduce online copyright infringement including CCIA, CEA, NetCoalition, venture capitalists, law professors, human rights…

Judiciary Committee Holds Lopsided SOPA Hearing Today

The House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on broad new Internet regulations, which have been opposed by cybersecurity experts, technology and consumer electronic business associations, law professors, free speech groups, venture capitalists and Internet users. Unfortunately none of these opponents was given a seat at the lopsided hearing today. Much of the Twitter traffic…

Continued Concerns about the Senate’s PROTECT IP Bill, with a House Bill Likely to be Introduced Soon

There may not be extensive overlap between the beliefs and values of members of the Tea Party and the tech sector, but the threat of excessive government regulation and control over the Internet, posed by the PROTECT IP Act, now appears to have united them on at least this front.  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently sent out…