House, Senate Delay Action On PIPA/SOPA

The House and Senate have both announced plans today to put off consideration of the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The announcement follows record numbers of phone calls to Capitol Hill and millions of signatures on online petitions by Internet users after more than 7,000 websites went dark for…

PIPA/SOPA Blackout

Here’s an excerpt from CCIA President & CEO Ed Black’s CNN interview — see above or the text of the story below: (CNN) — “Imagine a world without free knowledge”. Those are the words on the home page of Wikipedia, which has taken down its website as part of a coordinated political protest supported by…

SOPA Markup This Thursday: What You Can Do Now To Save the Internet

What’s at stake and why should I care? Rebecca MacKinnon’s recent editorial in the New York Times says it well: “Compliance with the Stop Online Piracy Act would require huge overhead spending by Internet companies for staff and technologies dedicated to monitoring users and censoring any infringing material from being posted or transmitted. This in turn would…

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…