Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Stop Online Piracy Act - SOPA - #3493 - Issa: Piracy Bill Would Give 'Broad New Powers to Police the Internet' - Daily Caller (2) Wikipedia Could Soon Go Dark in Protest of House Internet Bill - The Blaze

This is another bill to watch closely, your representative in the House needs to hear from you. Contact information below.
In a statement released Tuesday, House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa criticized an amendment proposed by Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, saying it does not fix anything and would give “Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice broad new powers to police the Internet.”  SOPA, which is Smith’s bill, would place authority over websites that facilitate copyright infringement under Justice Department jurisdiction.  The bill — heavily criticized by politicians, social networking sites and political advocacy groups for its “broad reach” — is expected to see full committee markup before Smith’s House Judiciary Committee Thursday.  “The manager’s amendment retains the fundamental flaws of its predecessor by blocking Americans’ ability to access websites, imposing costly regulation on web companies and giving Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice broad new powers to police the internet,” said Issa.  The Obama administration — through the Federal Trade Commission’s recent settlements with Google and Facebook, and the Federal Communications Commission’s passage of its so-called “net neutrality” regulations — has slowly expanded the executive branch’s power over the Internet.  Read more.........  Va. 5th District-Robert Hurt, 202-225-4711, House of Representatives contact information.........  AW: I called Robert Hurt's office, no official position on this bill as yet.


Wikipedia Could Soon Go Dark in Protest of House Internet Bill - The Blaze -  The House set to vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) this Thursday, a bill that depending on who you are is seen as either protecting intellectual property or censoring the Internet. The bill seeks to remove “rouge” websites hosting unauthorized copyrighted material, but in the process, as the bill is written, could take down sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter as collateral damage. Groups advocating freedom on the Internet have worked to get their message across, Google CEO Eric Schmidt has lambasted the bill, among other actions to raise awareness, but Wikipedia is stepping up with a threat of its own. As an opponent to the bill, Wikipedia is considering blanking out all pages. This has not happened yet and a timeframe for when or if it will happen is unknown, but Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has posed the idea to the Wikipedia community.  Read more........

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