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Twitter Tiff Stalls Hearings on Stop Online Piracy Act

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, December 15 2011

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Twitter that Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) was "boring" during markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House Judiciary Committee. Later, Jackson-Lee responded in person by calling his words "offensive." Their offline-offline tiff brought committee proceedings to a grinding halt for several minutes. Read More

Reddit Jumps On The Anti-SOPA Bandwagon

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, December 14 2011

Reddit is the latest social site to interrupt users' experience of its platform to urge action against the Stop Online Piracy Act. The social link sharing site is hosting a link to a Mobile Commons online petitioning tool which can help users call their member of Congress. Reddit is urging users to make that call and tell their lawmakers to block the House Judiciary Committee's approval of SOPA, which is scheduled to come before the committee on Thursday. Read More

The Politics of Funny

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, December 14 2011

The comedian Louis CK reports that his experiment with a web-delivered, self-released comedy special — filmed over two nights at the high-end Beacon Theatre, produced with his own money and made available on the web at a cost of $5, with no digital rights management restrictions — has reaped a tidy profit. This, as the movie and music recording industry seeks to use legislative change against the current structure of the Internet, arguing that the free flow of content on the web — through connections that stay open whether users are sharing a cat video or an illegal copy of Parks & Recreation — is killing their business. Read More

Issa's Still Sour On SOPA

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, December 13 2011

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued a statement today restating his opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act. Its chief sponsor, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), has introduced a manager's amendment that would alter the controversial anti-piracy legislation; Issa doesn't think it's enough. 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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A SOPA That Advocates Say Won't Kill the Internet

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, December 2 2011

There was some movement yesterday in the debate over the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and others have backed an alternative proposal that would move the ... Read More

Sen. Ron Wyden Crowdsources an Anti-#SOPA Filibuster

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 21 2011

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is looking online for names to read during a potential filibuster of the Stop Online Piracy Act, should it come up for a vote in the Senate. From the site, paid for by the progressive policy ... Read More

Tumblr Is Happy With Its Aggressive Anti-SOPA Advocacy

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, November 17 2011

Tumblr reports that their advocacy push around the Stop Online Piracy Act yesterday generated 87,834 calls to representatives and a total of 1,293 hours talking to staffers on Capitol Hill: Yesterday we did a historic ... Read More

Nancy Pelosi Says On Twitter: "Need to Find Better Solution Than #SOPA"

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, November 17 2011

What better place online is there for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to state her position?   Read More

The Fight Over #SOPA -- Both Sides of It -- Carries On Online

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 16 2011

Of course the advocacy efforts over the Stop Online Piracy Act would use the Internet as a main stage. I've been watching this Avaaz.org petition in opposition to SOPA and noticed that it's gained something like 3,000 ... Read More