A legislative solution to combat abusive patent troll tactics is well on its way to becoming law with House passage of the Innovation Act today. Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte's (R-Va.) bill, drafted with consultation from Senate judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), had strong bipartisan support easily delivering a 325-91 final vote.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren
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.
California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) plans to introduce a bill that would amend the penalties in a computer-hacking law that was cited as the reason Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz took his own life last Friday. She's calling it "Aaron's Law." Lofgren posted a draft of her simple, two-page bill Tuesday night on Reddit.
As the Federal Trade Commission moves closer to a decision about whether it will pull the trigger on its two antitrust investigations of Goo
A number of lawmakers have taken to the Internet to crowdsource ideas for laws and policy. The latest is Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who is using the Reddit community to help her craft a proposal to protect websites accused of copyright infringement.
When the Senate returns Jan. 24, it will take up online piracy, one of the most contentious issues on the Hill that has pitted big technology against big media. Over the weekend, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed a motion to proceed on the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in an effort to override the hold on the bill placed by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.