The concept of privacy on the internet is a topic that pushes many buttons. From the SOPA/PIPA blackouts of 2012 to an update to the terms of service on any major social network, people are likely to get very riled up over it. According...Show More Summary
While it's calmed down some, there was a great deal of talk about the horrific dangers of counterfeit products during the SOPA and ACTA campaigns. For some reason, professional sports jersey knockoffs in particular seem to get IP holders...Show More Summary
The TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership is a proposed agreement between multiple member states that would criminalize cell phone unlocking and jail breaking, mandate software patents, and vastly extend copyright terms -- even though domestically, the US is trying to pass law that curbs patent abuse and explicitly allows for cell phone unlocking.
Fight for the Future was one of the most important grass-roots organizations that rallied opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, culminating in the defeat of the legislation in January 2012. Since then, SOPA has become a potent symbol of copyright excesses, … Continue reading ?
Treaty Threatens Global Government … Run by Giant Corporations We noted last year: An international treaty being negotiated in secret which would not only crack down on Internet privacy much more than SOPA or ACTA, but would actually destroy the sovereignty of the U.S. Show More Summary
Wikileaks has published the Internet Chapter of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership, a global trade-deal negotiated between corporate leaders and government reps without any democratic oversight (the US Trade Rep wouldn't share TPP drafts with Congress, and now it is headed for fast-tracking into law).
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement aimed at deepening economic ties between the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and eight other countries in the region, has been largely shrouded in secrecy. Today, however, whistleblower...Show More Summary
Are you familiar with sopa seca de fideo? It’s a classic Mexican side dish, made much like Mexican or Spanish rice, but instead of browning rice and cooking it in broth, you brown thin pasta noodles (fideo) and cook them in broth. “Sopa...Show More Summary
Big Brother is watching: check out this cool surveillance state themed media bundle curated by ex-Wikileaker Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Part of the proceeds go to a charity that has helped fight against SOPA. Pay-what-you-want! Read mor...
Soon after the death of SOPA, we wrote about a great post from entrepreneur Tyler Crowley (which, sadly, seems to have disappeared from the internet) discussing his reactions to some entertainment industry execs trying to "make peace" with entrepreneurs. Show More Summary
Hosts Jorge Bernal and Hannaley Suarez will be the First to Deliver Show Business News
As anyone who followed the SOPA fight remembers, GoDaddy was an early (and vocal) supporter of SOPA. This was mainly the work of its General Counsel, Christine Jones, who (prior to SOPA specifically being released) testified before Congress...Show More Summary
However important the SOPA victory was in 2012, its lasting significance depends on how well the diverse coalition holds together in these and other fights — and against business as usual in Washington.
Activists are worried the bill that outraged the Internet last year may rise again.
Never underestimate the ability of those who over-rely on intellectual property to not just push for greater protections, but to try to pin greater and greater liability on others who they want to rope into their own fights. Phil Corwin...Show More Summary
Remember how back after SOPA ended, the MPAA's Chris Dodd kept going on and on about how he was going to take a more conciliatory and partnership-based approach to the tech industry (which he mistakenly seems to believe is defined by "Google")? Apparently that's out the window. Show More Summary
I trust that most of you remember the rather astonishing events of late 2011/early 2012, during which something resembling an Internet insurrection helped stop the Administration’s proposed “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) dead in its legislative tracks. Show More Summary
There were many, many concerns related to SOPA and PIPA when they were proposed, but the absolute biggest was the use of DNS blocking as a "remedy" against sites where it was alleged that infringement was a primary purpose. Of course,...Show More Summary