1-18-12: The Online Battle Between Copyright and Free Speech
The Obama administration finally weighed in Friday night on a battle between some Congressional representatives who want to snuff out online piracy and those in the world of technology who think the legislation they’re proposing amounts to censorship. The statement from three Obama staffers says they won’t support legislation that “reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”
It’s not a full-fledged repudiation of the House’s proposed Stop Online Piracy Act or the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act, though, and today, several high profile websites are going dark for 24 hours in protest, including Boing Boing and the English version of Wikipedia.
What balance might Congress strike between copyright protection and free speech? Sheilah asks Ned Himmelrich, head of the intellectual property and technology department at the Baltimore law firm Gordon Feinblatt.