Marvin Ammori was one of the leading lawyers opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA)–two bills that would have stifled technological innovation and suppressed free speech. He advised companies, including his client Google, as well as consumer groups opposed to the bills. He briefed congressional staffers and administration officials, addressed the bills on TV, on radio (e.g., NPR), in print (e.g., Atlantic), and in commentary (e.g., USA Today and New Republic). Along with Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, Ammori authored legal analyses concerning the First Amendment failings of SOPA and PIPA that refuted the analyses of Floyd Abrams. He also authored other legal analyses informing leading SOPA opponents and refuting the legal arguments of SOPA/PIPA supporters. The SOPAStrike site listed his free speech analysis as one of three “most definitive articles” about SOPA and PIPA. This work earned him recognition as one of the most creative people in the world, according to Fast Company magazine.
While Ammori was one of the many, many leaders who helped fight these bills–from communities as diverse as activist, civil liberties organizations, academics, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and tech giants–he played an important role through careful legal analysis, plainspoken and clear explanations of that analysis to allies, Congressional staff, and the popular media, as well as refuting the most elite lawyers for the opposing side while advising on strategies for public activism.