January 24, 2022

"Rep. Smith Pulls DNS Provision From SOPA, Rep Issa Postpones Hearing, White House Responds to E-Petition"

A bunch of important news from Alex Howard at GovFresh:

…Rep. Lamar Smith said he will remove the domain name provision from the Stop Online Piracy Act. Rep. Darrell Issa says he’ll suspend next week’s hearing with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian & other Internet experts.

Howard’s report also provides a roundup of comments about today’s news.

Read Alex Howard’s Complete Report and Analysis

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Rep. Lamar Smith’s News Release: “Smith to Remove DNS Blocking from SOPA

White House Response: Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet

Rep. Issa: Flawed SOPA Bill Not Headed to House Floor

Pro-SOPA MPAA Weighs In on Rep. Smith’s Comments (PDF)

From the Motion Picture Association of America News Release:

We continue to believe that DNS filtering is an important tool, already used in numerous countries internationally to protect consumers and the intellectual property of businesses with targeted filters for rogue sites. We are confident that any close examination of DNS screening will demonstrate that contrary to the claims of some critics, it will not break the Internet.”

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.