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Legacy media bankrolling campaigns of SOPA cosponsors

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Traditional big media firms have contributed more than $5 million to the sponsors of the Stop Online Piracy Act, with California Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Adam Schiff as the top recipients.

The bill, known as SOPA, would strengthen and extend the penalties for online copyright violations, and could force websites hosting pirated content to come down or prevent search engines from sending users their way. Legacy media companies stand to benefit if there's less unlawful movement of their content on the web, like pirated movies and songs for download.

Some of the nation's top tech companies — Facebook ...

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Googling the audience

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Yesterday, senators quizzed Google's former CEO and current board of directors president Eric Schmidt about the company's size, practices, and potential for anti-competitive behavior. Concerned that the government might try to flex its muscle against the search and mobile giant, Schmidt assured the senators that Google was no Microsoft, and that 2011 was no 1995.

The hearing, titled "The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?" provides some insights into the concerns of some members of the the subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. Others with those concerns filled the hearing room. We'd like ...

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