EFF in the News
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.”
Anti-Circumvention: In a Monday blog post, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) took issue with several provisions in both bills, including one that would "target sites that simply provide information that could help users get around the bills' censorship mechanisms." That, EFF argued, amounts to "unconstitutional prior restraint against protected speech."
In addition, local tech groups like Hacks & Hackers and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are staging a noon protest at Civic Center Plaza, at which prominent angel investor Ron Conway will speak.