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Episode 419

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  • Update on what Congresspeople have changed SOPA/PIPA support stance
  • SOPA protest by the numbers: 162M pageviews, 7 million signatures
  • On PIPA, Senate in talks to yank search
    • A whip count by OpenCongress found 35 supporters (including 34 co-sponsors), 18 opponents, and 12 more Senators leaning toward opposition. About 35 Senators have not committed to a position
    • 162 Million people saw the Wikipedia protest message, 8 million looked up contact info
    • Google had 13 million people visit their SOPA page and got 7 million signatures on their petition
    • The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal advocacy group, logged 200,000 signatures on its petition. The organization also says more than 30,000 Craigslist users called Congress through the the PCCC's website.
    • Demonstrations in NYC, San Francisco and elsewhere
    • Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) are in discussions to exempt search-result blocking from the PROTECT IP Act
    • Here is the full list of new opponents. An * indicates a former co-sponsor.
      • Roy Blunt (R-MO) *
      • John Boozman (R-AR) *
      • Scott Brown (R-MA)
      • Ben Cardin (D-MD) *
      • John Cornyn (R-TX)
      • Jim DeMint (R-SC)
      • Orrin Hatch (R-UT) *
      • James Inhofe (R-OK)
      • Mark Kirk (R-IL)
      • Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
      • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
      • Marco Rubio (R-FL) *
      • Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
      • David Vitter (R-LA)*
      • Tom Coburn (R-OK)
      • Pat Toomey (R-PA)
      • Mike Johanns (R-NE)
      • Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)*
      • Mark Begich (D-AK)
  • Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Kodak Sues Samsung in Next Step on ‘Aggressive’ Patent Path
  • Apple Seeks ‘Clarifying Language’ on Patents in Kodak Loan
    • Kodak announced that it's filed for Chapter 11 reorganization
    • Chairman Antonio Perez reiterates in the press release that the company's remaining value is in intellectual property, particularly printing technologies and image capture patents.
    • Owes $12 million to Nokia for IP royalties
    • Kodak had $5.1 billion in assets and $6.75 billion in debt as of September 30th, 2011.
    • Sued Samsung: Galaxy tablet infringes technology for capturing and sending digital images. (5 patents in all)
    • no security interests or liens will attach to patents that Apple owns and has asserted claims on until the court resolves the ownership dispute between it and Kodak.

News Fuse




"Subject: Tracking SOPA & PIPA

I'm not sure if you've mentioned this site before, but is a great resource to track legislation being considered by the US Congress.

The site includes full text of the bills, summaries and status..Additional resources on the site; Status of the bill, committees assigned and 'Related Legislation'.

The related legislation section is particularly interesting showing SOPA and PIPA are simply the latest & more well known bills related to online piracy, copyright & intellectual property.

The tech community must stay engaged in the political/legislative process if they want to ensure bills similar to SOPA/PIPA are not brought to the Congress in the future..Engagement in the process cannot be limited to online protest it must include voting, contacting members of Congress and talking with the MPAA, RIAA and others who (in their minds at least) have legitimate concerns regarding piracy and intellectual property rights..

Here are links to the information on SOPA & PIPA



- David Garcia"

"Hey TNT,

In the discussions about the actual damage that piracy causes, one thing that I rarely here discussed is the actual value of the content. To me, it feels like music labels, book publishers, movie studios, etc, are almost using piracy to ignore the market. When music sales start to drop, it never seems to be considered that the music might not be as valuable as it was (because it's not as good, because there's more things fighting for our free time, and so on) but rather it is the fault of piracy. ""No, our content is just as valuable as it was ten years ago! It's piracy that is causing our drop in sales!""

John Bullock"



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