|"Who Really Stopped SOPA, and Why?," Forbes, Jan. 25, 2012. Larry's detailed after-action report on the SOPA/PIPA fight suggests that Internet users have become a force on their own in technology policy, for better and perhaps for worse.|
|"Mr. Internet Goes to Washington," AdWeek, Jan. 23, 2012. Larry is quoted in an article reviewing the changing role of Internet users in advocating tech policy, in light of the successful fight to stop quick passage of SOPA and PIPA.|
|"Mary Hodder and the Lifeboat of Fire," This Week in Law, Jan. 27, 2012. Larry was a guest on "This Week in Law" to discuss the aftermath of the SOPA/PIPA fight, spectrum battles in Congress, and other recent legal developments in technology policy.
|"The Clouding of Entertainment Media," State of the Net 2012, Jan. 18, 2012. Larry participated in a panel discussion on how cloud computing is challenging media industries and how legal strategies can help or harm the transition to digital distribution.
On Forbes yesterday, I posted a detailed analysis of the successful (so far) fight to block quick passage of the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). (See "Who Really Stopped SOPA, and Why?") I'm delighted that the article, despite its length, has gotten such positive response.
As regular readers know, I've been following these bills closely from the beginning, and made several trips to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to think more carefully about some of the more half-baked provisions.
But beyond traditional advocacy--of which there was a great deal--something remarkable happened in the last several months. A new, self-organizing protest movement emerged on the Internet, using social news and social networking tools including Reddit, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter to stage virtual teach-ins, sit-ins, boycotts, and other protests. ...continue reading "How the SOPA Fight Was Won…For Now"