EFFector Electronic Frontier Foundation Update
On the eve of the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on the Stop Internet Piracy Act, a broad group of tech companies, lawmakers, experts, professors, and rights groups came out against the bill. The statements, written by people from a variety of backgrounds and political persuasions, incorporate many of the same broad themes: SOPA will threaten perfectly legal websites, stifle innovation, kill jobs, and substantially disrupt the infrastructure of the Internet.
Proponents of the latest disastrous IP bill, SOPA, insist it only targets the "worst of the worst." But the broad definitions and vague language in the bill could place dangerous tools into the hands of IP rightsholders, with little opportunity for judicial oversight. One very possible outcome is many of the lawful sites you know and love will face new legal threats.