May 16, 2022

House Committee Plans SOPA Hearing on January 18th, Senate Version of Bill (PIPA) Heading to Senate

From The Hill:

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced a Jan. 18 hearing on the potential impact of Domain Name Service (DNS) and search engine blocking on the Internet on Monday, escalating the feud within the Republican Party over the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).


Issa has been a harsh critic of SOPA, banding together with fellow Judiciary Committee members Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to successfully stall a two-day marathon December markup by endlessly debating a slew of amendments to the legislation.

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Witness List (via U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

  • Mr. Stewart Baker: Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Mr. Brad Burnham: Partner, Union Square Ventures
  • Mr. Daniel Kaminsky: Security Researcher and Fortune 500 Advisor
  • Mr. Michael Macleod-Ball: Chief of Staff/First Amendment Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Mr. Lanham Napier: Chief Executive Officer, Rackspace Hosting
  • Dr. Leonard Napolitano: Director, Center for Computer Sciences & Information Technology Sandia National Laboratories
  • Mr. Alexis Ohanian: Co-Founder,, and Web Entrepreneur

See Also: Official Announcement: Issa Announces Oversight Hearing on DNS & Search Engine Blocking

See Also: House Oversight & Government Reform Committee To Hold Hearing On DNS, Search Engine Blocking (via Tech President)

A companion bill in the Senate, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, appears to be on the fast track. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev.) has said that he plans to introduce PIPA to the senate floor for consideration on January 24 despite a threat to filibuster the legislation by Sens. Maria Cantwell, (D-Wash.,) Jerry Moran (R-Kan.,) Rand Paul (R-Ky.,) and Ron Wyden, (D-Ore.)

See Also: SOPA to Get a Second Chance on Capitol Hill (via The Atlantic Wire)

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.