House Holds One-Sided Hearing on Piracy Bill

Witness deck stacked in favor of controversial legislation

Opponents to the Stop Online Piracy Act and its Senate counterpart—including the nation's biggest Internet companies, like Google and Facebook—did everything they could to get their voices heard in advance of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill Wednesday. Press conferences, letters, petitions, full-page ads in The Washington Post—it all fell on deaf ears.