Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)

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Open Access Meeting Reflections—SPARC 2012

Abby Clobridge | Information Today, Inc | March 26, 2012

Ten years after the movement was launched through the Budapest Open Access Initiative, open access (OA) is thriving, flourishing, and becoming a core element in the broader “Open Knowledge” movement that includes Open Educational Resources (OER), Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Open Data, and Open Science among others, all of which share the common goals of providing free, unrestricted access to different types of information and knowledge. Read More »

Open Innovation Works in the Public Sector, Say Federal CTOs

Alex Howard | O'Reilly Radar | February 13, 2012

On his last day at the White House, Chopra released an "open innovator's toolkit" that highlights twenty different case studies in how he, his staff and his fellow chief technology officers at federal agencies have been trying to stimulate innovation in government.

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PIPA, SOPA Bills Postponed After Protests

Staff | Electronista | January 20, 2012

Both Congress and the Senate have delayed votes on their joint controversial Senate majority leader Harry Reid has stated that he decided to at least delay the vote on the controversial Protect IP Act (PIPA). He explained it as a reaction to "recent events," a euphemism for the widescale protests that turned numerous Senators against the bill. Read More »

Real Copyright Reform Starts With Listening To Users, Not Just The Usual Suspects

Corynne McSherry | Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) | July 24, 2013

In the next baby step on the long march toward reforming the Copyright Act, the House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on the importance of the “copyright and technology sectors” to the U.S. economy. The first will be held tomorrow. Read More »

Sense and Censorship

Sunil Abraham | The Indian Express | January 20, 2012

The loss of generic medicines, hardware based on open standards, public domain content, free and open source software, open access journal articles, etc. will equally impoverish consumers in the US and in India. SOPA and PIPA, therefore, do not represent the will of the average American but rather the interests of the IP sector, which has tremendous influence in the Hill. 

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SOPA and PIPA Are Bad Industrial Policy

Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly Radar | January 16, 2012

The solution to piracy must be a market solution, not a government intervention, especially not one as ill-targeted as SOPA and PIPA. We already have laws that prohibit unauthorized resale of copyrighted material, and forward-looking content providers are developing products, business models, pricing, and channels that can and will eventually drive pirates out of business by making content readily available at a price consumers want to pay, and that ends up growing the market.

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SOPA Blackouts: Free Speech or 'Abuse of Power'?

Josh Smith | Nextgov | January 18, 2012

The unprecedented wave of "blackouts" and other forms of protest that swept the web on Wednesday was designed to call attention to legislation that critics contend will stifle free speech. But the dramatic move sparked debate over whether the protest itself was appropriate for websites that are often themselves arbiters of free speech online. Read More »

SOPA Stopped: So Back to ACTA

Glyn Moody | ComputerworldUK | January 24, 2012

So the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of copyright maximalist legislation, SOPA and PIPA, have been halted in their passage through the US legislative process. Of course, they're not dead, but are sure to return, zombie-like, either as modified versions of the current texts or new ones that turn out to be exactly the same as the old ones at their heart. However, the unprecedented action by the Net world to get the message across that these bills were not fit for purpose does mean that our attention can swivel back to somewhere else where bad things are happening: ACTA.

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SOPA/PIPA: How to Stop Fear

Brian Proffitt | ITworld | January 18, 2012

The open source community is particularly at risk with the passage of either of these two pieces of legislation, because the wording gives media companies a license to not only hunt and kill sites that host pirated copy, but also the tools that media companies claim enable downloading. That includes a lot of DRM-free and open source software.

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The Big Hammer of SOPA, PIPA Will Only Crush Internet Freedom

Andy Ihnatko | Chicago Sun-Times | January 18, 2012

Wednesday, Jan. 18th marks the day when many workers were far more productive and many know-it-alls were a far less smug about themselves. And suspiciously so, in both cases. Read More »

The Internet's Anti-NSA Revolt Starts Tuesday

Dustin Volz | Nextgov | February 6, 2014

Thousands of civil-liberty and online-freedom groups and websites will take to the digital streets next week to wage a coordinated war against the National Security Agency's spying powers, a battle strike reminiscent of a virtual protest that two years ago killed an online piracy bill. Read More »

The Interview: Aneesh Chopra

Nancy Scola | The Atlantic | February 6, 2012

The outgoing chief technology officer of the United States talks SOPA, open government, and MacGyvering an innovations policy for the country.

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The Real SOPA Battle: Innovators vs. Goliath

James Allworth and Maxwell Wessel | Harvard Business Review | January 18, 2012

SOPA makes much more sense if you look at the debate as big companies unwilling to accept change versus the innovative companies and startups that embrace change. And if we accept that startups are created to find new ways to create value for consumers, the debate is actually between the financial interests of "big content" shareholders versus consumer interests at large.

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The Week the Web Changed Washington

Alex Howard | O'Reilly Radar | January 20, 2012

This morning, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Majority Leader, said in a statement that he would postpone next week's vote on the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) followed with a statement that he would also halt consideration of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Collectively, millions of people rose up and told Washington that these bills shall not pass. Read More »

What Makes Aaron Swartz A Hero?

Eric Draitser | RT | February 13, 2014

The recent anti-NSA, anti-surveillance protests were the latest manifestation of a burgeoning movement for freedom from mass surveillance and the liberation of information. It is this new resistance movement, comprised of myriad individuals and organizations, which is perhaps the greatest measure of the legacy of Aaron Swartz. Read More »