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ENG: Lamar Seeligson Smith (born November 19, 1947) is the U.S. Representative (Republican) for Texas's 21st congressional district, serving since 1987. The district includes most of the wealthier sections of San Antonio and Austin, as well as nearly all of the Texas Hill Country. He introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act (PCIP). He also introduced the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Early life, education, and legal career Smith was born in San Antonio, Texas to Eloise Keith (née Seeligson) and Jamal Donald Willing.[citation needed] He graduated from T.M.I.: The Episcopal School of Texas (1965), Yale University (1969), and Southern Methodist University Law School (1975). In 1969, he was hired as a management ...
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Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a 'Publicity Stunt'


SOPA sponsor and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) thinks Wikipedia's decision to shut down the U.S. version of its popular site is a stunt to garner attention. Smith continues to say that SOPA will not harm sites like Wikipedia,and will only target foreign websites identified as trafficking in counterfeit goods or copyrighted material. Wikipedia's protest will apply only to the English version of the online encyclopedia and will last for about 24 hours. Wikipedia is the fifth or sixth most visited site in the U.S. depending on what research firm's data you look at. ...


Lamar Smith At It Again With Porn Bill...


Lamar Smith, the infamous Texas Congressman behind SOPA, is facing criticismyet again for another Internet related bill associated with his name. H.R. 1984 1981 would force Internet service providers to track and store every action of its subscribers for a year, you know, in case the government ever suspects you of being a pedophile. (Which isn’t unlikely; the number of people on the government’s no-fly list has doubled in the last year to about 21,000 names.) H.R. 1981 limits Internet freedom in a very different way than SOPA. SOPA restricted freedom of content whereas H.R. 1981 ...


Smith Kills SOPA After Massive Internet Outrage


In an announcement on Friday, Congressman Lamar Smith, the author of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) officially killed the bill after a day of massive protests that saw Wikipedia and Reddit go dark. Google announced that over 4 million people signed their petition against the bill and Wikipedia inspired millions more to search for their representatives and senators in Congress in order to contact them in protest of the bill. “I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we ...


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