Although copyright law is in desperate need of a 21st century overall, congress has been wary of any such update after the SOPA outcry in 2012...until now. A recent statement from Rep. Bob Goodlatte revealed that new proposals will soon be forthcoming, although whether or not they'll actually improve copyright...
Congress has mostly stayed away from any attempt at copyright reform since the great SOPA blackout of 2012, afraid that anything will set off the public again. However, in 2013, Copyright Register Maria Pallante called on Congress to create the "next great copyright act" designed to update copyright for the 21st century. Show More Summary
Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Hey Internet! Ever since SOPA we've all known that copyright laws have a huge impact on the Internet, free speech, innovation, creativity." (more…)
The MPAA doesn't often speak out about legislation… not unless it's directly involved in the crafting (remember SOPA?) Issues that affect a much larger percentage of the public are considered none of its business. It will make noiseShow More Summary
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Wondering if coverage like ours can really make a difference? In 2014, former Senate staffer Jennifer Hoelzer sent us this unsolicited piece about Techdirt's influence on lawmakers in the SOPA fight. With today's encryption debate now...Show More Summary
One of the reasons why many people are opposed to various "site blocking" laws, is that inevitably such things get abused. And while the US successfully stopped SOPA's site blocking plan, plenty of other countries went ahead and implemented something similar -- including, apparently, Portugal. Show More Summary
My latest Guardian column, 'Poor internet for poor people': India's activists fight Facebook connection plan, tells the story of how India's amazing Internet activists have beaten back Facebook's bid to become gatekeeper to the Internet for the next billion users. (more…)
What’s the greatest threat to the Internet? Did you say the elimination of net neutrality? What about SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act? Or the Protect IP Act (PIPA)? The fact of the matter is that the greatest threat to the Internet doesn’t come from any kind of government agency. So again, what’s the greatest threat to the Internet? Sharks. Read More
El presentador de Univisión sirve su anticatolicismo hasta en la sopa.
Por David Bloomgarden y Guillermo Villacorta David Bloomgarden es el jefe interino de la Unidad de Acceso a Servicios Básicos y Crecimiento Verde y lidera el programa de Asociaciones Público-Privadas del FOMIN. Antes de unirse al FOMIN...Show More Summary
The Trans Pacific Partnership is the largest "trade deal" in history, negotiated in secret and encompassing many issues unrelated to trade, including rules that make the Internet less secure, easier to censor and spy on, and more subject to corporate dominance. (more…)
The internet is in a very sad state. Recent measures introduced by governments around the world, including C-51, TPP, and previous bills introduced such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), threaten the rights to a free and open internet. Show More Summary
While the opportunity for US-based copyright holders to easily block foreign 'pirate' sites was temporarily thwarted with the death of SOPA, the MPAA has been busy making other plans to achieve the same goals. However, following a Court of Appeals ruling handed down yesterday, one of those options now appears to be off the table. Show More Summary
A federal court ruled that “articles” don’t include internet downloads.
Last year, when the Sony emails leaked, and it was revealed that the MPAA was still totally focused on bringing SOPA back through alternative means, one of the strategies explored was getting the International Trade Commission (the ITC) to set up a sort of secret SOPA. Show More Summary
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on what sounds like a boring topic: "International Data Flows: Promoting Digital Trade in the 21st Century." However, as we've discussed, this seemingly boring topic can have a...Show More Summary
As you may have heard, earlier this week, the RIAA sued Aurous and its creator Andrew Sampson for creating an apparently easy to use software front-end for streaming music from some unauthorized repositories (mostly in Russia). For his...Show More Summary
When SOPA was imminent, Internet users expressed concerns that web blocking might "break the Internet". The legislation didn't pass, but according to data just published by a web-blocking watchdog in Russia, a similar law means that 2,800 of Cloudflare's IP addresses are now on the country's blocklist. Show More Summary
You may have heard recently that SOPA, the controversial anti-piracy legislation that was defeated in the house in 2011, has returned. Like most things on the Internet, this isn’t entirely true. The issue in question has very littleShow More Summary