EFF in the News
In a December 13th post called It’s Still a Blacklist and It’s Still a Disaster, the EFF pointed out that the bill still gave the Attorney General and copyright holders the right to obtain blacklist orders and offered new ambiguity as to how the blacklists would be enforced. In their written statement, the EFF left little room for argument on how they really feel about the process, saying, “These are positive steps, but frankly, the original provisions were so overbroad and poorly written that we suspect the bill's backers had always planned to eliminate them, as a supposed “compromise.”
Now advocacy and consumer interest groups from the Cato Institute to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to the MIT Media Lab have come out in full force against SOPA. And today, hundreds of thousands of individuals are joining websites like Wikipedia and the Reddit for #BlackoutSOPA --- blocking their content for a 24 hour period to show the potential disastrous consequences if SOPA is passed into law.
We believe that new proposed laws like SOPA and PIPA, and other similar laws under discussion inside and outside the United States, don’t advance the interests of the general public. You can read a very good list of reasons to oppose SOPA and PIPA here, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
With a bit of HTML from AmericanCensorship.org, a Web site supported by the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Knowledge, hundreds of Web sites "censored" themselves to protest SOPA. Even Lofgren, from Silicon Valley, has joined the fight-censorship protest.
More than 7,000 websites are protesting the pending Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act. Here are what a few of the larger ones look like today. Click ‘Show Captions’ at the bottom right for more info. EFF's website is shown on the fifth slide.
Julie Samuels, EFF Staff Attorney, discusses SOPA.
Coordinated efforts to fight the proposed Stop Internet Privacy Act before Congress changed the face of the Internet today. Here’s a glimpse. See EFF.org on slide #4.
Some who oppose the bill, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online rights group, see a bright spot in a potential compromise called the OPEN Act, which would provide for the International Trade Commission to judge cases of copyright or trademark infringement
OPA is incredibly far-reaching, and targets even software authors and Internet service providers. Undoubtedly its severely chilling effect would affect the entire industry. I think it’s already been well-stated by the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF):
“You are the party of future,” said John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, at the protest. “But the party of past is fighting to keep their power. The model of top down power is clinging to life. We are on threshold of world where we can all satisfy our right to know and create.”