EFF in the News
The EFF is taking a look at some websites that may face serious legal questions and liability should SOPA become law, specifically looking at Etsy, Flickr and Vimeo.
Opposing the bills are Google, Yahoo, eBay, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Consumer Electronics Association and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (Yahoo left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last month, and Google and the Consumer Electronics Association are reportedly considering leaving.)
We also checked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which had tweeted a link to the story. "One of the problems is that the streaming provisions are vague enough that it's very hard to be certain what kinds of streaming would be protected," EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry told Ars. "And the current language includes noncommercial activity—so one obvious limit disappears, even though proponents of the bill insist they are only interested in 'high-tech bandits.'"
The Electronic Frontier Foundation calls the proposal "the most extreme, anti-Internet, anti-privacy, anti-free speech copyright proposal in U.S. legislative history."
"There are myriad reasons why individuals may wish to use a name other than the one they were born with," Jillian York wrote on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's blog in July.
The groups—the Competitive Enterprise Institute, TechFreedom, Public Knowledge, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation—argued that it's not clear how the measure will "affect the due process and free speech rights of law-abiding Internet users around the world, user security, and the ability of entrpreneurs to create new products and invent new industries."
Hundreds of sites have been joining American Censorship Day, taking place tomorrow, November 16, including the EFF, Boing Boing, Reddit, Creative Commons, Hype Machine, and many, many, many more. The momentum is building really fast!
Or, put more simply: "This bill gives Hollywood a chance to kick that pesky Internet off their lawn," said Corynne McSherry, Intellectual Property Director at The Electronic Frontier Foundation.