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This Week In Techdirt History: The Slaying Of SOPA

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago It's time for one more focused retrospective on the events of this week in 2012: the week of the SOPA blackout and a huge victory for the internet. First, we dip briefly into the previous week, where we put out a special Saturday post to report the surprise news that the White House had come out against the approach in SOPA/PIPA. Show More Summary

What the Five Year Anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA Blackout Can Teach Congress About Tech

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five years ago this week, Americans opened their internet browsers and saw darkness. Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and other major websites had banded together and gone dark to make a then-obscure piece of legislation infamous. Show More Summary

Internet Freedom Day: How Massive ‘Blackout’ Protests Killed Two Anti-Piracy Bills

Five years ago today the Internet went on strike to fight SOPA and PIPA, two anti-piracy bills. As part of the historic protests tech giants such as Google and Wikipedia stood by many smaller players in a massive "Internet blackout," which helped to defeat the bills. Show More Summary

Dear Lawmakers: Five Years Ago The Internet Rose Up In Protest & We're Still Watching

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As you may have heard, today is the five-year anniversary of the massive internet blackout that tons of internet users and sites participated in to protest a pair of awful copyright laws, SOPA & PIPA, which would have undermined some of the most basic principles of a free and open internet. Show More Summary

5 Years Later, SOPA And PIPA Serve As A Warning To The Trump Administration

Photo: Andrew Dallos (via Flickr) As Washington readies for a leadership transition, its resident politicians are more bitterly divided than ever. Nearly 60 Democratic lawmakers have announced their plans to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration in the wake of his attacks on civil rights leader Rep. Show More Summary

Remembering the SOPA blackout, five years later

5 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Five years ago, we won an unprecedented victory: spurred on by blackouts of more than 50,000 sites, more than 8 million Americans called Congress to object to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a brutal internet censorship bill that would have been a stake through the heart of the open net. Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: January 8th - 14th

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2012, plans were coming into place for the SOPA blackout that would happen the following Wednesday. Reddit was the first to announce a site-wide blackout, and the next day they were joined by the Cheezburger network of sites. Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: January 1st - 7th

2 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week we finally move from 2006 to 2007, but as far as the news goes little has changed: it was all SOPA, all the time. There was growing confusion around which companies actually supported the bill, with some like...Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: December 11th - 17th

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2011, everyone from Rupert Murdoch and Chris Dodd to sixteen former Judiciary Committee staff who had become entertainment industry lobbyists (hello revolving door!) was pushing to get SOPA passed. At theShow More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: SOPA, China, Dajaz1 & The Hypocrisy Of Copyright

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago Today we're dedicating this post to another focused look at the events of this week in 2011, in the midst of the SOPA fight and some other important developments on the copyright and internet freedom fronts that highlighted...Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: November 27th - December 3rd

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago And so the SOPA/PIPA fight continued this week in 2011. The chorus of opposition grew larger: first the New York and LA Times both came out against the bills, then the Wall Street Journal joined them — though the world...Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: November 20th - 26th

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago The SOPA battle rolled on this week in 2011. We took a look at how other parts of the world viewed the bill, as more people began to realize that it was about regulating the internet, not copyright. We gave kudos to the...Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: A SOPA Retrospective

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Over the past couple of weeks in our look at 2011, SOPA began to rear its head. This week things really hit full steam, and so for this history post we're going to focus just on what went down in the SOPA fight five years ago. All eyes...Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: November 6th - 12th

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago One topic naturally dominates this week's look at 2011, and will for several weeks to come: SOPA. The industry's plan was becoming clear: pretend the bill doesn't say what it says and offer up nonsensical interpretations. Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: October 30th - November 5th

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2011 we witnessed the true birth of a monster. The PROTECT-IP act morphed into the E-PARASITE act and, realizing how ridiculous that name is, lawmakers began calling it... SOPA. Soon everything went crazy:...Show More Summary

Dumb & Dumber Claims About Last Week's Internet Attack (SOPA?!? Really?)

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As you know, last week, large chunks of the internet spent hours writhing on the ground and totally inaccessible thanks to a giant DDoS attack that appears to have been launched via a botnet involving insecure DVR hardware (which can't be patched -- but that's another post for later). Show More Summary

Will Someone Explain To The RIAA That SOPA Didn't Pass?

A recent lawsuit filed against YouTube-mp3.org, one of many easy-come easy-go sites which allow users to get audio download via YouTube video, suggests that major labels and the RIAA are perhaps unaware that SOPA did not in fact become law in 2012, and are behaving accordingly. _____________________________________ Guest Post by...

Can Someone Explain To The RIAA That SOPA Didn't Actually Pass?

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier this week, basically all of the major record labels filed a lawsuit against YouTube-mp3.org, which as you may have guessed from the URL, helps people get audio downloads from YouTube videos. There have been a number of similar sites over the years, and they tend to disappear relatively quickly. Show More Summary

Mark Cuban Offers Donald Trump $10 Million for Interview About Policies

As the presidential race rolls on with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton preparing for the first television debate on September 26, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a proposal to the Republican nominee. First, per CBS News' Sopan...Show More Summary

Think Tank That First Proposed SOPA Now Claims 'Proof' That SOPA Would Have Been Great

5 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Oh boy. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a DC-based think tank that, from it's name, you might think would promote things that are important for innovation. And yet, this misleadingly named think tank has...Show More Summary

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