In a sign that Internet giants will help drive the agenda in Washington, more than half a dozen lawmakers representing both sides of the aisle today paid homage to the $8 trillion annual Internet industry—a part of the economy no lawmaker wants to disrupt, let alone upset.
Rep. Darrell Issa
One year ago today websites like Wikipedia and Reddit went dark to protest two anti-piracy bills that no one outside the Beltway had ever heard of before. Today, because of that blackout, the acronyms SOPA and PIPA are practically household names.
With the suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, the Internet community may have found its next SOPA moment. But this time, instead of working to stop legislation, the focus is on advocating congressional action to change laws that the group and Aaron's family believe led to Swartz's death.
A bill to lower music performance royalties for Internet radio is probably dead on arrival in Congress unless traditional broadcasters that have never paid a penny to musicians are asked to pay up.
The Internet's newly anointed congressional Internet deities, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called during this Monday morning's Personal Democracy Forum in New York for Congress and the Internet community to adopt a digital bill of rights. Issa and Wyden helped to shut down the advancement of the Stop Online Piracy Act early this year.
A group of 42 members of Congress, mostly Democrats, are urging the payroll tax cut conference committee to let the Federal Communications Commission make available more unlicensed spectrum, a key policy initiative of companies like Google and Microsoft.
The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act has been stopped dead in its tracks in the House. Until there is broader consensus among the lawmakers about legislation that would crack down on foreign Web sites that infringe on U.S. copyright material and counterfeit goods, Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R.-Va.) has agreed SOPA would not come before the House for a vote.
The debate over how to crack down on foreign Web sites that steal U.S. content or sell counterfeit goods took yet another turn late Friday. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he plans to remove domain name system blocking, a controversial provision, from the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
It looks like the aggressive campaign spearheaded by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to change the course of debate in Congress over how to stop foreign websites from stealing U.S. content or selling counterfeit goods is starting to pay off.
The debate in Congress over the best way to shut down foreign websites that steal U.S. copyright material and sell counterfeit goods could be about to shift. At least that's the hope of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who outlined their strategy during a Wednesday press briefing with reporters at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.