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December 07, 2011
I Don't Heart SOPA or PROTECT-IP: A Linkwrap
By Eric Goldman
Venkat and I have been covering SOPA and related topics. In case you missed our posts:
Next week, SOPA is supposed to go to committee markup. In anticipation of that, some of the SOPA-related links from the past few weeks that have caught my attention:
* Bose v. Ejaz (D. Mass Nov. 7, 2011). Paypal cut off funds transfers to an International eBay merchant at the request of Bose, a rightsholder. The court rejects the merchant's tortious interference claim.
* Politico: Shootout at the digital corral. The entertainment industry spent $91M this year on lobbying. Tech industry spent $15M. Guess who wins that battle?
* Public Knowledge explains why PROTECT-IP isn’t an acceptable compromise to SOPA. Both "solutions" are off-the-charts extreme.
* Hollywood Esq.: How Controversial Antipiracy Laws Could Be Enacted Even Without Congress.
* Nazerali v. Mitchell, 2011 BCSC 1581 (B.C. Sup. Ct. Oct. 19, 2011): A Canadian court ordered Google and other support providers to cut off the domain name of an allegedly defamatory website.
* EFF: Free Speech is Only as Strong as the Weakest Link. Check out their new resource, www.globalchokepoints.org.
* The RIAA wrote a letter to the editor headlined “RIAA largely succeeds in goal of bringing piracy under control.” Yet, they insist that SOPA is needed?
* Amusingly misguided: The $500,000,000 Cost of Google’s Five Million DMCA Notices. Partially related: Techdirt: As We Complain About SOPA & PIPA, Don't Forget The DMCA Already Has Significant Problems
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