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Leahy's Protect IP bill even worse than COICA

Sen. Patrick Leahy today introduced a bill that gives the Justice Department expansive powers to block sites that violate copyright and trademark law. As with last year's COICA bill, the cure is worse than the disease.

By May 12, 2011


Senate panel approves domain name seizure bill

Legislation allowing federal government to pull the plug on Web sites suspected of piracy advances after push from major content providers, despite warnings that it violates First Amendment.

By November 18, 2010


Will Verizon, Visa support Senate antipiracy bill?

The ISP and the payment transaction company are scheduled to testify at a Senate hearing today about how they might help fight online piracy.

By February 16, 2011


Senator who opposes antipiracy bill under pressure?

Supporters of an antipiracy bill have lined up Oregon-based Nike and others, appearing to try to send a message to Sen. Ron Wyden. Lawmaker accuses entertainment companies of threatening the Internet.

By January 18, 2011


Senator disputes Aaron Swartz's SOPA, Protect IP role

Senate Judiciary spokeswoman denies that a meeting between a committee aide and the late activist Aaron Swartz led to the creation of the anti-SOPA advocacy group Demand Progress.

By January 22, 2013


Will Google testify at Senate antipiracy hearing?

In push to get legislation through Congress, senator invites giants like Google, Visa, and Verizon to testify about bill that would require them to do more to combat piracy.

By February 10, 2011


U.S. executes another round of Web site takedowns

As Cyber Monday draws near and debate continues about the Stop Online Piracy Act, the U.S. government again seizes a bevy of domain names it says belong to Web sites that deal in counterfeit goods.

By November 26, 2011


U.S. seizes sites linked to copyright infringement

Department of Homeland Security launches major crackdown on online copyright infringement, seizing dozens of Web site domains linked to illegal file sharing and counterfeit goods.

By November 26, 2010


Lawmakers may subpoena Google to antipiracy hearings

Members of the Senate Judiciary committee want Google to appear and some say they are willing to subpoena the company to testify. Copyright owners said Google is too closely connected to pirate sites.

By February 16, 2011


Prominent Web activist arrested over data theft

Aaron Swartz is accused of stealing documents from MIT and Jstor, and among the charges against him are wire fraud and computer fraud.

By July 19, 2011