The House passed the Innovation Act today in an effort to thwart patent trolls and their preying. However many advocates for patent reform are saying it still falls short, and doesn’t properly consider the consequences to small businesses.
“They who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Even though they failed at passing major privacy legislation in their home state of Montana, two unlikely partners are trying to put out a bill that could be a model to the rest of the country.
Really, you wouldn’t have thought a proposal to Borg the entire human species would have met with such resistance.
The U.S. Senate voted to once again advance the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would place a mandatory state sales tax on things sold over the Internet.
Someone, somewhere, has gotta be missing a bandwagon.
In the future, any new product designs will be instantly copied, 3D scanned, and re-sold as 3D printing instructions, meaning that anyone will be able to own just about anything, almost for free.
Guest Post The process of implementing an American national identity card would be an expensive logistical and bureaucratic nightmare.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) is introducing a new piece of legislation that would limit the number of charges brought against someone who violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
Editor’s Pick Most U.S. tech policy is either non-existent or horribly outdated. And 2012 was the year we woke up to that fact.
Congress decided to kill an amendment to an older piece of legislation that would have prevented authorities from viewing a person’s email messages without obtaining a warrant.
Soon, Netflix subscribers in the U.S. will be able to connect their accounts with their Facebook profiles thanks to new legislation that was just passed by the senate.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) took to Reddit this morning to answer questions about recently introduced legislation that would place a two-year ban on legislators and regulators from creating new laws or regulations that would negatively affect the Internet.
If the Internet ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
When it comes to Reddit users, its much better to work with them than against them. And at least one U.S. representative has decided to get proactive.
Engine founder Michael McGeary wants to give start ups a greater say in what goes on in Washington.
California just added its name to the list of states allowing driverless cars to operate on public roads, and inadvertently made David Hasselhoff’s work on Knight Rider a bit more relevant to future generations.
Patent trolls cost the U.S. economy almost $30 billion each year. But now Congress has an opportunity to save that money and help innovators sleep a little better at night.
Russia’s parliament has approved an Internet censorship bill ostensibly aimed at porn, drugs, and hate speech that critics claim will also be used to stifle dissent and freedom of speech.
Streaming video service Netflix recently appealed to a panel of U.S. senators to update an old law that forbids the company from launching a Facebook application within the country.
The United States Congress is readying a new piece of legislation aimed at preventing unauthorized use of your cellphone data.
Following the news that the Senate is delaying a vote the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued a statement today admitting that Congress may need to rethink its approach to thwarting piracy.
A vote on the highly debated proposed piece of legislation the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) has been postponed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today.
A total of 25 U.S. senators have publicly stated their opposition to the highly debated piece of anti-piracy legislation, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the U.S. House member responsible for the highly debated Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), recently said he has no intention of backing down from trying to get the bill passed, despite heavy criticism from large tech companies, internet communities and influential tech business leaders.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT-D) is backing down on portions of the controversial Protect IP Act (PIPA) after a massive amount of criticism from human rights groups and tech industry leaders, the senator said in a statement today.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed new legislation yesterday intended to update an antiquated law that prohibits companies from sharing a person’s movie-rental history.
Guest Post On November 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2930 (the “Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act”), a crowdfunding bill that will allow startups to offer and sell securities via crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, as well as social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
After stirring up controversy with its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the Business Software Alliance (BSA) — an industry trade group that counts the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and 27 other tech companies among its members — now says that the controversial bill “needs work” before it can be passed.