Tag Archives: SOPA

Sony leak reveals efforts to revive SOPA

Sony Pictures studio.

Working in Washington, D.C. tends to make one a bit jaded: the revolving door, the bipartisan attacks, not enough funding for libraries — the list goes on. So, yes, I am D.C.-weary and growing more cynical. Now I have another reason to be fed up. The Sony Pictures Entertainment data breach has uncovered documents that show that the Motion Picture ... Read More »

Take down but don’t take away

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)–of which ALA is a member–submitted comments (pdf) to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet regarding another hearing on copyright reform. This hearing concerned Section 512 of the copyright law (called the “notice-and-takedown” provision) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. This provision provides protection for internet service providers from ... Read More »

American Library Association Honors Aaron Swartz with Madison Award

Today, the American Library Association posthumously awarded activist Aaron Swartz the 2013 James Madison Award for his dedication to promoting and protecting public access to research and government information. ALA President, Maureen Sullivan presented the award to Swartz’s family during the 15th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. Before his untimely death in January, Swartz was an outspoken ... Read More »

ALA applauds Internet blackout in opposition to PIPA, SOPA

The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the numerous websites that have taken to the Internet to protest two Congressional bills — PIPA and SOPA — in a very public way. By either going dark or brandishing their website with a black box, sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit, Craigslist, Google, Tumblr and many others, are demonstrating in a very real way ... Read More »

PIPA, SOPA and OPEN Act Quick Reference Guide

The last month or so has seen a flurry of anti-piracy, online infringing, copyright-related bills.  The latest newcomer is the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act or OPEN Act (S. 2029).  Introduced on December 17, 2011 by Sen. Wyden (D-OR), along with Senators Moran (R-KS) and Cantwell (D-WA), the OPEN Act is being heralded as a more palatable ... Read More »