It’s been a consequential week for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act, the two controversial pieces of copyright-protected legislation pending in Congress. I’ve posted about these bills in recent months but I’ve not attempted to post the play-by-play culminating in last week’s coordinated online protest against the bills. Now that the bills have stalled–the New York Times reports “the pressures of an election year make action this year unlikely”–over the next few days I want to take time to compare the bills’ stated purposes with their methods for achieving those purposes, and separate fact and myth from arguments of both the bills’ proponents and its opponents. These particular bills may be gone for good but the issues they address and, as important, the music, motion picture, and publishing industry lobbying effort that pushed for their creation are still patrolling the House and Senate.
LoginRegister | Login
Tag cloudBoston University copyright infringement Bruce Schneier bordered Internet Italy music lake First Amendment New York winter Facebook rain Red Sox states New York Times file sharing piracy China college bike trip travel social media Mac NFL technology RIAA summer Commerce Clause Affordable Care Act Internet architecture Google taking snow Apple associates law Internet weather iTunes negligence target risk law school YouTube ADA