« “Foes of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act are rallying opponents ranging from Internet engineers to First Amendment scholar Laurence Tribe ahead of an expected committee vote on the legislation this week. Their aim is to sway the 39 members of the House Judiciary committee, which oversees copyright law. The panel’s chairman is Lamar Smith of Texas, Hollywood’s favorite House Republican and the principal author of SOPA, which has drawn what may be an unprecedented public outcry from Internet users and companies including Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla, eBay, and Google. Tribe, a high-profile Harvard law professor and author of a well-regarded treatise titled American Constitutional Law, concluded recently that SOPA violates the First Amendment because it allows government action to effectively “disappear” an allegedly piratical Web site from the Internet. (See CNET’s FAQ on SOPA.)”~Read More: Cnet
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