Prof. Evans Joins One Million Strong on the Mall at Obama’s Inauguration

(c) 2013 TME
(c) 2013 TME

My family and I had the great honor and privilege to attend the 57th Inaugural ceremony festivities last weekend in DC in honor of our 44th president, Barack H. Obama. Even better, our “Blue Tickets” allowed for an actual seat! Having a seat made waking up at 3:45 AM and hitting the metro at 5:00 AM when it was about 34 degrees worth every minute.

And of course, President Obama’s speech will go down in history as being not only a plan for the future but a recognition of the now. Kudos POTUS!

[Review the full Inaugural speech here]

If you’ve never spent time at the Capitol, the White House or the Congressional offices in DC, then you absolutely must put these “to dos” on your American citizen bucket list.

(c) 2013 TME
(c) 2013 TME

There is something so wonderful, special and significant about visiting the place where our national policy and laws are created. Regardless of your political persuasion, we can all benefit from experiencing the capital of this great nation and becoming more informed about the political process.

Yes. I. Did!

Victory … for now. Congress drops scheduled SOPA & PIPA votes!!


A Message from FightForTheFuture.org:

Hi everyone!

A big hurrah to you!!!!! We’ve won for now — SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress today — the votes we’ve been scrambling to mobilize against have been cancelled.

The largest online protest in history has fundamentally changed the game.  You were heard.

On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday.  See the amazing numbers here and tell everyone what you did.

This was unprecedented. Your activism may have changed the way people fight for the public interest and basic rights forever.

The MPAA (the lobby for big movie studios which created these terrible bills) was shocked and seemingly humbled.  “‘This was a whole new different game all of a sudden,’ MPAA Chairman and former Senator Chris Dodd told the New York Times. ‘[PIPA and SOPA were] considered by many to be a slam dunk.’”

“’This is altogether a new effect,’ Mr. Dodd said, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing ‘an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically’ in the last four decades, he added.”

About Fight for the Future

Fight for the Future is a non-profit helping to organize the historic strike against the web censorship bills SOPA and PIPA on our site sopastrike.com – go there for a list of websites that are striking and more information.

IP Prof Uses Anti-Piracy Legislation Protests as Teachable Moment

As reported by the Web Editor at law.widener.edu:

“We’re doing a law firm simulation in class where the students are divided into 5 law firms, maintaining their own websites and blogs and tracking intellectual property issues,” says Associate Professor Tonya Evans of her efforts to use two proposed pieces of legislation – the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives and its counterpart in the Senate known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) – as teachable moments for her students.

Both bills are designed to make it more difficult to sell or distribute a range of copyrighted materials such as movies, television shows, and music, as well as counterfeit goods ranging from pharmaceuticals to watches. The bills have support from both sides of the political spectrum, and the purpose of the legislation is broadly regarded as a worthy goal.

There is, however, strong opposition to the methodology employed in the proposed legislation from a range of technology companies and advocates for Internet freedom, who have serious reservations about the provisions contained within. >> Read the full story