EFF in the News
“It’s unprecedented,” Jonathan Zittrain, a Harvard University professor of law and computer science who serves on the boards of bill opponents Electronic Frontier Foundation and Internet Society, said in an interview. “You could see some members of Congress saying there’s no percentage in it for me to stick out my neck on something like this.”
In a friend of the court brief filed Tuesday, Electronic Frontier Foundation says that Facebook targeted Power because it cannot profit off it. Facebook allegedly wanted Power Ventures to use the Facebook interface, "apparently ... [to] have more control over how stored data was accessed and manipulated," according to EFF.
“The blacklist bills are dangerous: if made into law, they would hamper innovation, kill jobs, wreak havoc on Internet security, and undermine the free speech principles upon which our country was founded,” EFF’s Rainey Reitman wrote in a blog post.
John Perry Barlow, center, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, addresses a protest in front of the building housing the New York offices of U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kristen Gilliband, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
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.