House Judiciary Committee

SOPA Markup: Hail to the Nerds?

By Rachel Marshall, Washington Legislative Office at 1:13pm
After more than 12 hours of debate on December 15 and 16 markup for the Stop Online Piracy Act (HR 3261), or SOPA, as it’s better known, about the only clear conclusion is the House Judiciary Committee is not made up of nerds, as member after member on the public record disavowed ever being a nerd. However, according to the opponents of the bill, nerds are exactly what they need in order to ensure this bill does not trample all over the Internet and our First Amendment rights.
Urge Congress to Stop SOPA!

Urge Congress to Stop SOPA!

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:20pm

The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261), known as “SOPA,” is scheduled for consideration at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow. The bill is aimed at taking down sites that allow Internet users to acquire pirated…

Good Idea, Poor Follow-Through: Congress' Mistakes with SOPA

By Rachel Marshall, Washington Legislative Office at 9:50am

“The Internet has become the public space of the 21st century-the world’s town square, classroom, marketplace, coffee house, and nightclub,” proclaimed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this year. Yet as the Obama administration…

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