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Internet Companies Gain Momentum In Fight Against Online Piracy Bills

Publication Date: 
January 19, 2012
Source: 
Daily Journal
Author: 
Craig Anderson

Professor Mark Lemley spoke with the Daily Journal's Craig Anderson about the influence that public campaigns against SOPA and PIPA are having on members of Congress.

After losing the lobbying battle against legislation that would make it a lot easier for content holders to squelch websites that host infringing material, some Internet companies are using their strongest ammunition - their own websites - to try to shift public opinion to their side.

Several sites, including Wikipedia, are scheduled to stage "blackouts" today - replacing their usual content with arguments against the Stop Online Piracy Act, pending in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT-IP Act, pending in the U.S. Senate.

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"Public campaigns don't often work in D.C.," said Stanford Law Professor Mark A. Lemley, a leading opponent of the legislation. "This is a rare example of one that seems to be working."