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The incoming chairman of a key House of Representatives panel worked to ban Internet gambling and champion the Stop Online Piracy Act. And he hasn't given up.
This story incorrectly identified Bob Goodlatte and Adam Schiff. They are members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
StreamCast Networks, which distributes the popular Morpheus file-swapping software, has hired a new attorney, lobbyist and public relations firm to shore up its legal fight against the record and movie industries. The company's former attorney, who had a history of successfully fighting the record industry on technology issues, quit last month after StreamCast said it couldn't afford his legal bills. The new firm, Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, has considerable experience with intellectual property issues. StreamCast also hired lobbyist Ellen Stroud, who previously worked with Silicon Valley political organization TechNet and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., says he is introducing a bill that aims to make the Web safer for children by asking congressional Web sites to comply with standards set by Internet content filtering organizations. Among the standards would be those from the Internet Content Ratings Association (ICRA), an international nonprofit group that has developed technology that enables parents to filter Web content by matching individual preferences to self-assigned ratings from Web site operators. The bill encourages Congress members to voluntarily label their sites "in a manner consistent with Internet content labeling and filtering tools, in order to make the Internet safer for children while protecting freedom of expression," according to Goodlatte. The House resolution is co-sponsored by Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.; Jennifer Dunn, R-Wash.; Bob Etheridge, D-N.C.; Chris Cannon, R-Utah; Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.; and Adam Smith, D-Wash.
Attempts to ban online gambling are back before Congress. The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime will consider whether to recommend Rep. Bob Goodlatte's "Combating Illegal Gambling Reform and Modernization Act" to the full committee at a meeting Tuesday afternoon. The bill would, among other things, prohibit banks from accepting credit cards and other payments for online gambling. Goodlatte, R-Va., has tried unsuccessfully to push anti-gambling bills for several years.
The House of Representatives has approved a bill that provides funding to combat Internet piracy under the No Electronic Theft Act, according to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The funding will be used to increase staff, including appointing 18 attorneys, for the investigation and prosecution of intellectual property crimes, such as software counterfeiting. The act, which was enacted by Congress four years ago and authored by Goodlatte, was established to strengthen copyright laws and increase the penalties for digital piracy. Goodlatte sits as chairman of the House Republican High Technology Working Group as well as co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Internet Caucus. He also serves on the House Republican Cyber-Security Team.
Adding to the bevy of bills dealing with Web taxation, Reps. Bob Goodlatte and Rick Boucher introduced legislation that would permanently ban discriminatory Internet taxes. Most of the action on the Web tax issue is taking place in the Senate. Lawmakers are negotiating a compromise between anti-tax advocates who want a permanent moratorium and local entities that worry about losing revenue as more transactions take place on the Web. Legislators are facing an October deadline, when the current Web tax moratorium expires.
Encryption tops a list of issues for House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Bob Goodlatte at a discussion with tech leaders.
Republican representatives Dick Armey (R-Texas) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) have written a letter of endorsement for the Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act, which is legislation that loosens government export controls on encryption. The letter, addressed to other Republican representatives, claims the bill would strengthen national security, secure American jobs, and protect privacy rights.