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Joe Clements: When it comes to state politics, America’s largest technology companies are aloof and arrogant

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Last week’s passage of SB 604, or “Florida’s SOPA” or “SOPA Light” as some are calling the “anti-piracy” legislation pushed by the recording industry, embodies a truth about America’s massive tech industry. When it comes to state politics, America’s largest technology companies are aloof and arrogant.   The concept behind CS/SB 604 is so harmful to the Internet, public safety, and First Amendment rights that the recording industry abandoned federal-level efforts after losing a massive 2012 SOPA/PIPA battle in Congress.…

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Internet companies oppose Florida proposals to regulate web

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Some Florida lawmakers want to impose state-level regulations on the free-wheeling online world, and are drawing opposition from some of the nation’s biggest Internet companies including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Ebay. The conflict is over two proposed laws. One would affect who controls a person’s email and social media accounts and the secrets they may contain when the owner dies or becomes incapacitated. The other would make the state a combatant against Internet piracy of music and movies. The bills’…

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