The Legal Battle for the Internet

With recent issues like Net Neutrality (preventing content providers from gaining an unfair advantage over each other via carrier-level agreements) and the debate over the use of unallocated wireless radio frequencies after the switch to digital television, the developments over the last 6 weeks on the Internet front are not surprising. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) floated to the top of tech and art news, backed by MPAA on intellectual property and licensing grounds, opposed by leading Internet companies at the forefront of information sharing and content delivery.

Claims made by both sides are valid in their motivations, but the bill (H.R. 3261) does not seem to serve either camp well. POPVOX has some good information about what each side says on this particular bill. Also check out some of the news and positions that have developed via the links below:

Advocacy Groups

Blog Posts from Significant Stakeholders, against SOPA

Blog Posts from Significant Stakeholders, for SOPA

Commentaries

Significant Stakeholders

These companies and organizations are at the forefront of discussions opposing SOPA.
These companies and organizations are at the forefront of discussions supporting SOPA.
Update: Scribd is hosting a collection of SOPA/PIPA documents.


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