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Who Needs SOPA? US Court Wipes Sites From The Internet For 'Infringement' Without Even Alerting Sites In Question

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

TorrentFreak has the exceptionally troubling story of a federal district court in Oregon issuing an incredibly broad and questionable order, effectively wiping a bunch of websites out, without ever letting the websites in question know that they were being "tried" in court. Show More Summary

If You Want To Know How Supporting Techdirt Can Help Shift The Debate In Washington DC, Read This

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The following is from Jen Hoelzer, who for years worked as Senator Ron Wyden's Communications Director and Deputy Chief of Staff. During the SOPA/PIPA fight, she was perhaps the key person in Congress getting the press (and others in Congress) to understand the importance of SOPA and PIPA and what it meant for the internet. Show More Summary

US Wants to Criminalize Movie and Music Streaming

SOPA and PIPA are dead, but the Obama administration is still determined to make illicit movie and streaming a felony. The DOJ argues that change is needed to adequately prosecute unauthorized streaming services. In addition, the administration...Show More Summary

Revolving Door: Main Architect Of PIPA (Senate Version Of SOPA) Now... Lobbying For The MPAA

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A couple of years ago, we wrote about an interview with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, in which he explained one of his most effective strategies in getting legislation in his favor. The key trick: find key staffers working for elected officials and tell them they had a job waiting for them whenever they wanted it. Show More Summary

Copyright Lawyers Prime The Pump For The Return Of SOPA

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Since the death of SOPA/PIPA two and a half years ago, Hollywood (and Congress) have tiptoed lightly over any proposed copyright reform, insisting that they've learned their lesson and that they won't try to bring back SOPA. Of course,...Show More Summary

Aaron Swartz and 21st Century Martyrdom

Aaron Swartz at a rally against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2012. Photo via Flickr user Daniel J. Sieradski In early 2013, David Karp, the co-founder of Tumblr, graced the cover of Forbes magazine with the headline blaring:Show More Summary

The MPAA Targets A Subreddit & Opens Everyone’s Eyes To Free Movies

SOPA and PIPA terrified those of us who cherish the Internet for what it has become today. In light of these bills, the MPAA embarrassed itself on numerous occasions, once even citing countries like China, Iran, and Syria as role models of sorts when it comes to how they think the Internet should be censored by the US. Show More Summary

Chalet du Bank of America: Designed by NIMBYs and the Planning Commission to Co-Exist with the Western Addition

TweetNow why should a bank branch look like this? Like, who lives up there? Oh, nobody? As seen in the East of Panhandle Area (EoPA) just south of NoPA and north of SoPA: IDK, perhaps banks should look like banks? Just asking. Just asking the all-knowing, all-seeing, and never-influenced-by-petty-politics San Francisco Planning Commission

Reddit, DuckDuckGo, Imgur & more plan second NSA protest of 2014

In protest of government mass surveillance, prominent tech firms Reddit, DuckDuckGo, Imgur, and more today announced a new campaign, Reset the Net. The campaign, inspired by the SOPA and PIPA protests of 2012, advocates the adoption of SSL encryption standards …

Google lining up with the good guys in fight against internet tolls, net neutrality

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

It helps to have a company as big as Google on your side, as we learned in the SOPA/PIPA fight when we beat back the draconian Stop Online Piracy Act. Now Google is teaming up with Netflix against other broadband providers. Google fired...Show More Summary

Zynga Opposed SOPA, Now Wants Voluntary Anti-Piracy Deals

Previously a SOPA opponent, online gaming giant Zynga is now putting its weight behind voluntary anti-piracy deals. Noting that "nothing could make it through Congress" in 2014, Zynga's Corporate Counsel observes that while having their finances strangled, sites that get big by tolerating infringement ultimately struggle to defend their positions. Show More Summary

How advocacy beat ACTA in Europe

4 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

James Losey writes, "After the defeat of SOPA and PIPA in the United States attention turned to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Europe. Like SOPA and PIPA, ACTA raised concerns that excessive measure to enforce copyright online would limit freedom of expression online. Show More Summary

Network Neutrality: Where Things Stand

If there’s one thing public officials have learned from activists over the past few years it’s this: Do Not Anger the Internet. Online organizing has taken down multibillion dollar campaigns such as SOPA and PIPA, brought a nationalShow More Summary

Mexican Activists' Stop-ACTA Victory: 'We Did It First, And We Did It Better'

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The most important development in copyright policy in the 21st century has undoubtedly been the mass politicization of copyright. In the common telling, the 2012 US SOPA and European anti-ACTA protests are when this politicization became crystal clear, lessons for the entire world that citizens can shape copyright laws and treaties. Show More Summary

A General Reminder For Policymakers: Don't Muck Up The Public's Ability To Use The Internet

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I know that it's become a bit too tempting for lots of people to declare this or that tech policy issue "the next SOPA," but the response over the last few weeks to the FCC's upcoming rulemaking on "the open internet" and net neutrality certainly feels a lot closer than pretty much any previous issue. Show More Summary

Congress Continues To Pretend That SOPA Actually Is The Law

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

One of the more troubling aspects that we've seen in the past few years is that, despite SOPA failing to pass in Congress, thanks to widespread public outcry, various copyright interests have continued to look for ways to push forward ways to implement SOPA in practice, even if not in law. Show More Summary

Congress Continues To Pretend That SOPA Actually Is The Law

(Credit: Alain-Christian) Even more nefarious, however, may be the various attempts by politicians to push for questionable "voluntary agreements" that effectively implement SOPA anyway.

Congressmen ask ad companies to pretend SOPA is law, break anti-trust

4 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

A murder of Congresscritters and Senators have told Internet ad-brokers that they expect them to behave as though SOPA passed into law (instead of suffering hideous, total defeat); they want the companies to establish a secret, unaccountable blacklist of "pirate" sites. Show More Summary

The Net Neutrality Debate

Hank Green presents the arguments for and against the principle of Net neutrality. It’s a very biased summary, but it should be. Folks, this is as dangerous as SOPA, and we’re already losing. You can help fight for Net neutrality.

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