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Wyden amendments look to demolish U.S. copyright treaty

If the Senate passes a forthcoming “jobs” bill supported by House Republicans, two new amendments introduced this week by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) would provide the added benefit of essentially destroying the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial copyright treaty that has Europe’s Internet activists up in arms. The amendments…

Sen. Wyden discusses bills threatening the Internet

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) appeared Tuesday night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss controversial legislation that could fundamentally change the structure of the Internet. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would make it easier for U.S. authorities to crack down on websites accused of pirating movies, television shows and…

Wyden: Protect IP Act may pass if Americans don’t call Congress

The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (Protect IP) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) “are like two peas in a pod,” Sen. Ron Wyden, the bills’ most vocal opponent in the U.S. Senate, explained to Raw Story in an exclusive interview.…

Senator plans first ever Internet-fueled filibuster

In the coming weeks, a new and unprecedented thing just might happen in the U.S. Senate: the Internet will filibuster a bill. Specifically, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) will filibuster a bill — the Protect IP Act, which aims to fundamentally change the structure of the Internet — with a little…

JUST GIVE ME THE EFFING PUBLIC OPTION

My usual, shall we euphemize, casual posting schedule has been further restricted by an impending move which, although it’s but a stone’s throw away*, is conspiring with insanely hot-for-Portland weather to take my free time from zero to somewhat less than. But I did want to drop by and just…

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