SOPA Getting a Markup in House Judiciary Committee

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 3:50 pm

The markup in the House Judiciary Committee of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has begun. Observers expect at least two days of markups, and the bill wouldn’t see the House floor until sometime thereafter, probably next year. There are over 60 amendments on the bill, and opponents on the committee are dragging out the proceedings. Rep. Zoe Lofgren refused to waive the reading of the bill, so Judiciary staffers needed to spend an hour doing that.

Understand that this bill is getting a hearing, and a markup, because very wealthy interests want it to pass. It so happens that very wealthy interests want it to fail, but that puts it on the agenda as well, because both sides can go to their funders and raise money off the threat of the bill passing or failing. This becomes a bonanza for K Street lobbyists. There are over 1,000 of them working on SOPA.


Mel Watt Has Over 130,000 Reasons to Like SOPA

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 6:00 am

And how much money are you getting from the SOPA lobby, Mel Watt?

West Memphis Three Could Be Freed Today UPDATE: WM3 Released From Prison

By: Friday August 19, 2011 11:00 am

Following a surprise announcement, three men convicted of murder in 1993 were suddenly set free today following protests and efforts to have new evidence of their innocence considered. The West Memphis Three left prison today with all their belongings.

Union Actors Come Out in Solidarity With Public Employees in Wisconsin

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 7:30 am

MADISON, WI (FDL) – As you may know by now, as many as 100,000 people gathered in Capitol Square in Madison yesterday for a rally for workers’ rights (the media really doesn’t want to give those 6-figure numbers, so more commonly we’ve seen 70,000, but I heard the Madison Police spokesman utter 100,000 personally). I understand that if your media diet is restricted to the cable nets, you may not have heard the news, but there’s plenty of great coverage elsewhere. Most important, the people of Wisconsin know what happened in their state yesterday. And regardless of the publicity, what’s happening here has sparked a new conversation around the country about the basic rights of workers and the importance of organized labor.

Why Fanboys/girls Want Net Neutrality

By: Friday December 17, 2010 4:40 pm

The WGAE represents content creators – people who write programs for the internet and other digital distribution systems (e.g., to mobile devices). We have argued in favor of Net Neutrality because our members want the opportunity to reach audiences directly, without major studios and other large corporations deciding what to distribute. But what about the audience? The public? Why should they care about Net Neutrality? Because there is an important aspect to the Net Neutrality debate that people should keep in mind: “paid prioritization”.

Late Night: Senate to Drop Ban Hammer on teh Internets?

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 8:00 pm

Why is there a bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee that would allow the Attorney General to block certain Internet domain names from ISPs?

Late Night: By Any Means Necessary (Including Hollywood and High Fashion)

By: Friday September 24, 2010 8:00 pm

Valerie Plame Wilson’s unlikely story of personal survival and perseverance.

FDL Movie Night: The Reinactors

By: Monday June 21, 2010 5:00 pm

In The Reinactors, director David J. Markey explores the strange, at times tragic and hope-filled lives of character impersonators that up until three weeks ago populated Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theatres, posing for photos, often and illegally asking for tips. Markey allows his subjects to unfold in front of the camera and what stories of desperate dreams and delusions they have.

Late Night: “Fair Game” at Cannes – The Hollywood-ization (and GOP-ization?) of the Valerie Plame Story

By: Friday May 14, 2010 8:00 pm

Why does a film supposedly based on Valerie Plame Wilson’s autobiography substitute GOP talking points for the story she told?

Ross Douthat: Why Can’t Hollywood Portray the Bush Administration in a More Positive Light for Launching a Disastrous War that Killed Hundreds of Thousands of Innocent People?

By: Monday March 15, 2010 10:30 am

Ross Douthat doesn’t care for the “Bush lied, people died reductionism” of the new Matt Damon movie, “The Green Zone,” and instead, would prefer something more along the lines of The Comedy of Errors.

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