TAKE ACTION: SOPA Is Back! Reborn By Congress As IPAA

Well here we go – it’s SOPA 2.0.

After internet freedom being threatened by ACTA, SOPA, COICA, PIPA, and CISPA, now comes IPAA which has been quietly reintroduced to the House by Rep. Lamar Smith.

Even after millions rallied against the passage of SOPA/PIPA, the House is still quietly trying to pass a related bill that would give the entertainment industry more permanent, government-funded spokespeople. The Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on Lamar Smith’s IP Attaché Act [PDF], a bill that increases intellectual property policing around the world. The Act would create an Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, as well as broaden the use of IP attachés in particular U.S. embassies. (The attachés were notably present in Sec. 205 of SOPA—which was also introduced by Smith.)

The major issue with this bill—and all similar bills—is that the commissioning of people in the executive branch who are solely dedicated to “intellectual property enforcement” caters to Big Content. The IP attachés are charged with “reducing intellectual property infringement” and “advancing intellectual property rights” around the world, but not to critically engage IP complexities and limitations. From our perspective, this bill is nothing more than the government giving Hollywood traveling foot soldiers.

Read more about it, watch the video below for more info and if you want to get more involved sign The Declaration of Internet Freedom, a manifesto organized by Free Press.

House Quietly Reintroduces a Piece of SOPA [EFF]

Lamar Smith Looking To Sneak Through SOPA In Bits & Pieces, Starting With Expanding Hollywood’s Global Police Force [Techdirt]

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photo: Free Press

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Comments

  1. Marilyn Ruben says:

    I would rather not list my Website, as it has been Pirated repeatedly. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about! I have lost at least 200 original designs by 30 Artists and myself for the past 10 years. They have been sold on other Websites, in stores, in Mail-Order Catalogues. I have not earned a dime, and I should have earned a lot by now! If you are an Artist, you want your work protected! My work has been copied from the USPTO Website and probably while uploading our Copyright Applications. I am sick of this! I support this Act! You should too!

    • disaster says:

      Formulating a system that is detrimental to small-medium sized business owners, creators and innovators that use the internet is DANGEROUS. So is CENSORSHIP. If you think that any of these acts are going to save your business your dead wrong.

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