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The Biggest Threat to Free Speech and Intellectual Property That You’ve Never Heard Of

The Biggest Threat to Free Speech and Intellectual Property That You’ve Never Heard Of

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:22pm
As we have seen in the failed attempts of SOPA/PIPA, and the floundering Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, intellectual property (“IP”) laws are often poorly constructed, hastily proposed and ultimately both ineffective and potentially abusive.
Internet Freedom is Worth Fighting For

Internet Freedom is Worth Fighting For

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:02pm

The ACLU and dozens of other organizations – including Free Press and the Electronic Frontier Foundation – have teamed up to create the Declaration of Internet Freedom, which sets for a set of principles providing a positive vision…

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (1/13/2012)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (1/13/2012)

By Caitlin O'Neill, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Associate, ACLU of Northern California at 3:59pm

In the digital age that we live in today, we are constantly exposing our personal information online. From using cell phones and GPS devices to online shopping and sending e-mail, the things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of…

Free Future!

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 10:57am

This week we launched Free Future, a new blog that will feature a range of forward-looking technology issues.

The Internet Goes Dark

The Internet Goes Dark

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:05pm

As of Thursday afternoon, 26 senators have withdrawn their support for PIPA (SOPA’s sister bill in the Senate), including six of the bill’s former cosponsors.

Online Protest Over SOPA Helps

Online Protest Over SOPA Helps

By Michael Macleod-Ball, Chief of Staff, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:53am

Today, major tech advocates are protesting a proposed law that would result in our government blocking access to websites that contain copyright-infringing material.

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…

Free Speech Takes a Beating

Free Speech Takes a Beating

By Rachel Marshall, Washington Legislative Office at 5:02pm

The Stop Online Piracy Act's lack of narrowly tailored language could lead to the restriction of non-infringing online content.

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…

Get Ready for A Scintillating Discussion on the Finer Points of IP and Foreign Trade Policy

Get Ready for A Scintillating Discussion on the Finer Points of IP and Foreign Trade Policy

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:34pm

So, Wednesday, I’ll be participating in an “Ask Me Anything,” or AMA, discussion on Reddit.  It amazes me that folks are even interested, but the topic will be the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”). 

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