SOPA

The Stop Online Piracy Act is a bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives in 2011 by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX). The bill aims to curb online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual... more +
The Stop Online Piracy Act is a bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives in 2011 by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX). The bill aims to curb online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Opponents of the bill claim that it would harm free speech and internet innovation and create a climate of internet censorship. less -
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SOPA Didn’t Die. It Just Became Soft SOPA.

January 2012 saw an explosion of controversy over two Internet-related bills that had been progressing through Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2013

January 2012 saw an explosion of controversy over two Internet-related bills that had been progressing through Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic...more

Telecommunications in the 113th Congress

The 112th Congress saw a lot of activity focused on new and changing technologies, but few legislative breakthroughs. Early in the year, there was significant activity around intellectual property and online piracy issues,...more

What Lessons Can Be Learned From Tragic Death of An Internet Activist?

There can be no dispute that the death of Aaron Swartz – the Internet activist who took his own life on Friday, January 11 – is tragic. There can also be no dispute that the grief and anger his family feel is very real. The...more

Most Popular Posts Of 2012

Yes, it’s the lazy way to do a post during the week before Christmas and New Year. In my next post, we will use this information to help predict the trends of legal issues for online media, marketing, internet law and...more

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - July 2012: When cyber-threat protection and privacy concerns collide By Ryan Lobato

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (“CISPA”) is a pending legislative proposal aimed at protecting against cyber-threats and cyber-attacks. CISPA follows the much publicized and now effectively defunct...more

CISPA – Evil Spawn of SOPA and PIPA?

The House of Representatives has passed The Cyber Information and Security Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and introduced not long after SOPA and PIPA were abandoned in the wake of a popular uprising of...more

CISPA, Approved by House, Poses Threat to Internet Freedom

SOPA and PIPA, as legislative efforts to deal with online piracy and other infringing activity, have gone the way of the Edsel. But their next of kin, a new bill known as CISPA, has made it through the House, passing 248 to...more

Vague Definitions in CISPA Raise Concerns of SOPA 2.0 [Video]

April 12 (Bloomberg Law) -- Trevor Timm, activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a new bill that attempts to...more

Better Anti-Piracy Bill Introduced in Wake of SOPA, PIPA

We previously wrote about the broad protests over two bills in Congress targeting online copyright infringement – the House’s Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). We...more

“No SOPA For You!” Why SOPA Led to Such an Acrimonious Fight and What We Can Learn From It

If you read the paper, watch TV, listen to the radio or use the Internet, it’s been tough to avoid SOPA recently. (If you don’t, well, you’re probably hand-writing angry missives in a cabin and not reading this.) What we’ve...more

About SOPA…

What? Wikipedia is off-line? Please cue the other three horsemen of the apocalypse. It’s amazing what happens when Wikipedia decides to blackout its service to protest “legislation that could fatally damage the free...more

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