Open Softwar Over Anti-Piracy Legislation On Capitol Hill

Wednesday’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal featured this full-page ad opposing the PROTECT IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act currently being considered by Congress.

And it’s not just those Internet bigwigs who are protesting the proposed legislation. Here are two other examples (via techPresident).

The Hill:

Google chairman says online piracy bill would ‘criminalize’ the Internet

An online piracy bill in the House would “criminalize linking and the fundamental structure of the Internet itself,” according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Schmidt said the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would punish Web firms, including search engines, that link to foreign websites dedicated to online piracy. He said implementing the bill as written would effectively break the Internet.


Reddit, one of the top 50 web sites in the United States where people go to share and discuss news and start projects, on Wednesday asked its daily- one-million-strong visitor base to petition their members of Congress to block movement of a piece of legislation that would use web filtering, among other things, in an attempt thwart piracy and counterfeiting online.

The site has placed a petition box with counter ticking off the time until the House Judiciary Committee meets on Thursday to vote to move the legislation out of committee.

It then links to a petition tool built by Mobile Commons* that enables people to enter their addresses into the form. The tool then calls the petitioner, gives them talking points and hooks them up with the office of their member of Congress.

This one will be fought hammer-and-tongue to the end.

Stay tuned.

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One Response to Open Softwar Over Anti-Piracy Legislation On Capitol Hill

  1. Pingback: Protect IP and SOPA: Congress is Ready to Pander to Lazy, Rich Hypocritical Hollywood Crybabies | The Underground Multiplex

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