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Copyright, the Internet, and Congressional Palace Intrigue

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 13 2012

TechPresident escapee former associate editor Nancy Scola drills in to the Intellectual Property Attaché Act, a bill Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) seemed poised to include in a Tuesday markup session at his House Judiciary Committee before tech blogs and Internet people freaked out. The bill has not made it to markup. She writes that the bill seemed like a post-SOPA trial balloon from Smith, a hard-liner when it comes to copyright and the chairman of one of the most powerful committees in the House. And he was floating it into an uncertain atmosphere — air that longstanding supporters of the old-guard content industry might not find as breathable as they have in the past. Read More

Messin' with Lamar Smith, Revisited

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 22 2012

Remember that grassroots fundraising campaign to put a "Don't Mess with the Internet" billboard in the home district of Rep. Lamar Smith, Republican of Texas and sponsor of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act? All of the money required came in, and Fight for the Future, the advocacy group opposing more stringent copyright protections online, writes that the billboard went up. Read More

A Geek PAC Raises $10,000 For Television Campaign Against Texas Congressman Lamar Smith

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, May 11 2012

TestPAC is raising money to oppose Texas Congressman Lamar Smith. Image: TestPAC

TestPAC, the political action committee formed earlier this year by several members of the Reddit community, has raised just over $10,000 since the launch of its May 5 "moneybomb," according to the organization's web ... Read More

Messin' With Lamar Smith

BY Nick Judd | Monday, March 12 2012

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is leading a grassroots fund-raising campaign to place a "Don't Mess with the Internet" billboard in the home district of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), a sponsor of the stalled-in-committee Stop Online Piracy Act. Read More

With Internet Companies In the Fight, Battle Over SOPA Legislation Continues This Week

BY Miranda Neubauer and Nick Judd | Monday, December 12 2011

Photo: ToGa Wanderings / Flickr

After a coalition of advocacy groups and Internet companies worked together to raise awareness about the Stop Online Piracy Act beginning Nov. 16, they are now gearing up for another push to online action this week as the House Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the bill on Thursday.

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