All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Lamar Smith’

The Ghost Of SOPA Has Come Back To Haunt Us In New Bill

It was pretty awesome to see the Internet come together to beat back SOPA and PIPA. It was one of the defining moments of the Internet, but many people knew it wasn’t over. Like the end of a particularly good film, the villain vows he will return for a sequel as he is cast into oblivion. Unfortunately, Rep. Lamar Smith …

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Lamar Smith Greeted With “Don’t Mess with the Internet” Billboard

In case you’ve already forgotten who Lamar Smith is, take a moment to remind yourself. If that’s too much reading, in short, he was one of the primary sponsors of the SOPA bill that rocked the Internet a couple of months ago. While most Internet users have moved on to whatever’s currently trending, thankfully, some haven’t forgotten the damage Smith’s …

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Reddit’s TestPAC Raises $9,000 Against SOPA Creator Lamar Smith

Texas Representative Lamar Smith, creator of nasty Internet legislation SOPA, has attracted the ire of the Internet for quite some time. It wasn’t until recently that the Internet decided to do something about it beyond just a blackout or creating funny memes blasting politicians. Reddit is playing by the rules and is on the ground in Texas to head up …

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Don’t Mess With The Internet: Billboard Planned For Lamar Smith’s District

Remember Lamar Smith? He’s the guy who brought you both SOPA and H.R. 1981, a bill that would require ISPs to save customers’ IP addresses and other identifying information for over a year. In other words, he’s not exactly a guy you’d invite to your birthday party, provided you’re a fan of internet privacy and digital freedom. While Smith might …

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Lamar Smith Doesn’t Care About Personal Privacy on the Internet

While SOPA is holding on to its dying breaths for dear life, Lamar Smith has apparently moved on to bigger and better things: Monitoring every aspect of your online behavior, details which would be available to any government agency without a warrant, all in the name of “protecting children” from the evils of adults, or something. Actually, Smith’s new draconian …

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Canadian Anti-Privacy Bill Is Just Like H.R. 1981

Canadian Conservatives are trying to push through a new network monitoring bill and anybody who opposes such a blatant attack on privacy are said to be supporters of child pornography. The Globe and Mail reports that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is set to introduce Lawful Access legislation into the House of Commons today. Now that the Conservatives have the …

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SOPA and PIPA Are Not Quite Dead Yet

While some may view the shelving of the infamous piracy bills as the death of both SOPA and PIPA, both bills remain alive with active supporters in both houses of the U.S. government. This means the bills are not dead at all. Dormant is perhaps a better descriptor, but make no mistake, the anti-piracy bills have not been buried and …

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H.R. 1981 Is A Turd Wrapped In Cotton Candy

Sometimes it feels like we’re all just playing a big game of electronic privacy whack-a-mole. And if we hold true to that analogy, the next mole that needs to be whacked might look cute on the outside – but it needs to be crushed nonetheless. Ever since the giant internet-wide SOPA protests that went down last Wednesday, people have been …

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Lamar Smith To Delay SOPA Until “Wider Agreement On Solution”

It appears that both SOPA and PIPA are hitting the backburner today. Early Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he will postpone an upcoming procedural vote on the Protect IP Act “in light of recent events.” And now, Stop Online Piracy Act author Lamar Smith says that his House Judiciary Committee will not move on the bill until …

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Wikipedia’s SOPA / PIPA Blackout Seen By 162 Million People

Everybody make it through yesterday’s Internet-wide protest? Everyone still in one piece? Good. Now, let’s take a moment to consider the aftermath of Wikipedia’s protest of SOPA/PIPA yesterday. While reports are coming in that 4.5 million people signed Google’s anti-SOPA petition yesterday, Wikipedia has shared the information gathered from the 24-hour total blackout of their English-language page. The press release …

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Google Has Given SOPA Author Lamar Smith $17K Since 2006

Google is protesting SOPA, but apparently the company has given the bill’s author a total of $17,000 since 2006. Google site reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones writes on Google+: “Surprising thing I noticed: Google’s NetPAC has given Rep. Lamar Smith (the architect of SOPA) $17,000 over the past 6 transparency years.” She links to this pdf showing all of Google NetPAC’s …

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SOPA Is Back: Lamar Smith Says Markup To Resume In February

If you needed any more proof that SOPA isn’t really dead, just delayed, look no further. Despite calls that SOPA, for all intents and purposes, had been killed in the House of Representatives, the truth was that the harmful legislation had simply been put on the backburner. Just ask Lamar Smith, SOPA author: Stop Online Piracy Act Markup to Resume …

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SOPA Delayed Until “Outstanding Concerns Addressed”

On Friday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced that he will remove DNS Blocking from SOPA, so the issue can be “further examined”. Here’s Smith’s statement in its entirety: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said he plans to remove a provision in the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) that requires Internet Service Providers to block access …

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Lamar Smith Continues His Campaign Against Foreign Sites

Lamar Smith — master infringer that he is — is at a loss as to why companies like Facebook and Google aren’t completely onboard with the stop piracy acts, topics that have permeated throughout the Internet. In fact, the fact that Internet movers and shakers don’t support SOPA or PIPA has strengthened Smith’s resolve to the point he suggests these …

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SOPA Author Lamar Smith: Copyright Violator?

Our chief SOPA correspondent is out of the office today but this story from VICE magazine was really too good to leave uncovered here at WPN, so I’m tagging in to share the story. So if you’ve been following the saga of SOPA, you are likely familiar with the author of the bill, Rep. Lamar Smith. He’s been a regular …

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Lamar Smith Offers Further SOPA Clarification

What do you do when it seems like the entire world is against something you are trying to accomplish? Do you ignore the criticisms and soldier onward? Do you consider the criticism and its potential validity? Or do you ignore it completely, and try to reverse the criticism back into the dark holes it had the audacity to rise up …

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Lamar Smith Poster Is Funny, Accurate

When commenting on the state of the SOPA/PIPA bills recently, lead-SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith, the representative from Texas, indicated those speaking out against these acts were a “vocal minority” and just because they were loud doesn’t mean they are worth paying attention to. In other words, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, only focus on the good …

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Reddit Responds To Lamar Smith

Earlier this week, Representative Lamar Smith, one of they key sponsors of the oft-discussed SOPA legislation, issued something of a challenge to Reddit users, calling them a vocal minority who’s fears concerning SOPA were unfounded. Smith also challenged the Reddit community to point out the areas of SOPA that will damage the structure of the Internet, as he firmly believes …

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Lamar Smith Responds To Critics, Reddit

Unless you reside in the state he represents — Texas — probably the only reason you’ve heard the name of Lamar Smith in the past month or so is because of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act that’s responsible for so much consternation thanks to the almost-unilateral lack of support the protection acts received from the Internet community. While much …

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Previously, Lamar Smith Supported A Non-Regulated Internet

About five years ago, during hearings concerning the adoption of net neutrality rules, Lamar Smith, the US House Representative who introduced SOPA to the world, had a much different stance on regulating the Internet, but only when it suited his needs. There’s an infamous quote from Smith in 2006, which was unearthed by TechDirt, and while it reads like a …

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The Comprehensive List of SOPA Supporters

Now that the SOPA vote in House of Representatives has been shelved until 2012, both sides are taking some time to regroup, and prepare their strategies for what’s sure to be one helluva a fight in the upcoming new year. While it appears as if public opinion is on the side of the anti-SOPA movement, those who believe in the …

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SOPA Vote Delayed; Enjoy Internet Free Speech This Weekend

After last night’s ridiculous delay in the hearing, the race to the SOPA vote is off like a herd of turtles today after the House Judiciary Committee “abruptly adjourned” earlier without setting a new date for the vote. In other words, who knows when it will see any action on the House floor. The adjournment and subsequent delay came after …

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Rep. Steve King Is “Bored” At SOPA Hearings

If you’ve been following the news about online piracy lately, you probably have heard about SOPA. You also probably know that it is a pretty big deal being debated by the United States government right now and lots of people are closely watching what happens next. Naturally, you really want to believe that the people who will determine the future …

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Lamar Smith And SOPA: In His Own Words

If there’s a more polarizing topic than the SOPA/PIPA pieces of legislation going on in relation to the Internet, you’d be hard pressed to find it. Actually, that’s incorrect because the general public isn’t polarized with its reactions towards the bill. Take a simple visit to any number of comment sections following SOPA articles and you’ll get a pretty good …

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Lamar Smith Introduces SOPA Amendments

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) hasn’t even been passed yet and already, one of the originators of the legislative piece, Texas representative Lamar Smith, has introduced some amendments designed to apparently clarify what SOPA will and won’t do. To put the 70-page document (PDF) into a short and sweet synopsis, essentially, the amendment clarifies SOPA’s distaste for foreign sites that …

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