Entries Matching: SOPA
week (January 7-11), Las Vegas hosted the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, the
annual trade show where tech companies present their latest gadgets and
gizmos. Speculation about which company
will have the largest, sharpest, thinnest, displays or the latest bells and
whistles for their mobile handsets dominates the tech world for weeks leading
up to CES, and the show officially begins the conversation for consumer tech
for the year. Walking the convention
center floor and playing with the newest in consumer tech is a tech
fanboy/fangirl’s dream come true. Public
Knowledge sent a delegation to the show this year and was encouraged by the
energy of the attendants not only with regard to tech devices but especially
toward tech policy.
Last month the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)
released (and then retracted 24 hours later) a thought-provoking policy paper
Myths About Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It. As the leading
group for conservative policy ideas and discussion in the U.S. House of
Representatives, the RSC could play a critical role in presenting the
conservative arguments for copyright reform.
This past Friday, the House Republican
Study Committee released a policy brief entitled Three Myths About Copyright
Law and Where to Start to Fix it. The
brief, examines three common content
industry assertions about the benefits of copyright, and concludes that rather
than promoting productivity and innovation, current copyright law inhibits
them. The brief then makes a number of suggestions
to reform the system, including reducing statutory damages, expanding fair use,
punishing copyright abuse and shortening copyright terms significantly.
After nearly two years of debates, never-ending commercials,
donation solicitations and ever-present polling, Election Day is over and the results are in. As many had predicted, the
balance of government has not changed significantly. Democrats will retain the Presidency and
control of the Senate, and Republicans will continue to control the House,
albeit by a slightly smaller margin than before.
Last night Public Knowledge joined with Internet
activists gathered in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC (I
attended the DC gathering) to formerly launch the Internet Defense League.
The purpose of the league is to provide an organizing tool for many of the
forces that came together to defeat SOPA and PIPA. Given that beating
those bills was a political victory of comic book super hero proportions, the
league naturally has its own “Cat Signal” showcased here,
here, and here.