GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Popular websites such as Wikipedia, Reddit, MoveOn.org and Mozilla have caught the media’s attention today after temporarily shutting down in protest of the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA).
The supporters of SOPA and PIPA claim the acts will help to greatly reduce the amount of piracy on the Internet by essentially blocking access in the U.S. to foreign sites that are deemed to be infringing on the intellectual property of a copyright holder.
However, those in opposition of the acts believe SOPA and PIPA would lead to Internet censorship and could dramatically change the Internet as we know it.
Contact: Elizabeth Rowe
Rowe is the director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law at UF Law. She joined the college in 2005 and she specializes in intellectual property disputes, patent litigation, trade secret litigation and trademark litigation.
Contact: Paul Gugliuzza
Gugliuzza is a visiting assistant professor who specializes in intellectual property issues. He comes to UF Law from Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the firms Issues and Appeals practice group.
Stephen C. O’Connell Chair Lyrissa Lidsky joined the UF Law faculty in 1994. Her areas of expertise include constitutional law, Internet speech and media law. She is the author of three casebooks on the topics of torts, mass media law and First Amendment law.
Hamilton is a UF Law alum and adjunct professor at UF Law who specializes in electronic discovery and is board-certified in intellectual property and business litigation by The Florida Bar. He is a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP.
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