Owning Information

February 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 One of the deeper questions underlying the SOPA and PIPA debate has to do with the ownership of information and freedom of expression. Here is a good scholarly articles on the subject:

“Two bills now pending in Congress – the “Protect IP Act” (“Protect IP”) in the Senate, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (“SOPA”) in the House – represent the latest legislative attempts to address online copyright and trademark infringement. Although the bills differ in certain respects, they share an underlying approach and an enforcement philosophy that pose grave constitutional problems and that could have potentially disastrous consequences for the stability and security of the Internet’s addressing system, for the principle of interconnectivity that has helped drive the Internet’s extraordinary growth, and for free expression.”

Stop Online Piracy Act

February 5, 2012 in slideshow

If you are unfamiliar with the SOPA controversy, this article from CNet News provides a great overview. From the article:

Q: What’s the justification for SOPA and Protect IP? 
Two words: rogue sites.
Read the rest of this entry →