Studios’ failed effort in 2012 to promote the Stop Online Piracy Act (or SOPA) made it clear: Big Media companies had better not mess with Silicon Valley. Too many people love the Internet, and they’ll crush anyone deemed to be a threat to the medium by its biggest service providers including Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, and Netflix. Show More Summary
Summary: On February 11, Google sent a mass email to about 4.5 million people. These people, who had signed their names to an online petition protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act in 2012, were urged to contact their government representatives to support the USA Freedom Act.
Today, a coalition of websites promised an Internet-wide protest against the National Security Agency, similar to the mass blackouts that rose up against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Every major Internet company has come out forcefully...Show More Summary
At the same time the Obama administration may be trying to resurrect the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the White House is now pushing another opaque acronym – TPP – that watchdog groups say represents a similar threat to Internet freedom. Show More Summary
Almost exactly two years after national protests defeated the so-called Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and one year after information activist Aaron Swartz took his own life, Washington is in the midst of another fight about democratic freedoms, the free flow of information, civil liberties and limits on government power. Show More Summary
Remember a few years back when Hollywood studios tried – and famously failed – to ram the Stop Online Piracy Act through Congress? Well, two things have happened since a coalition of Silicon Valley companies, technology think tanks and grassroots activists blocked passage of that draconian bill. First and foremost, the Obama administration may be...
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 ?
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
Here's an assumption underlying many a Big Idea online: If you make it easier for people to act on their impulses in a way that benefits your business, they will.
Like some kind of anti-piracy zombie, a piece of the previously slain Stop Online Piracy Act — or SOPA — has risen from the grave it was shoved into in 2012 to once more shamble about creating trouble. Instead of gnawing on people’s limbs, however, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Police Task Force wants a little bit of it to … [More]
Although pressure from activists and major tech companies helped kill off the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) last year, it looks as though the Obama administration wants to bring a key part of it back from the grave. The Washington Post...Show More Summary
According to new research conducted by Spotify, music festivals increase online music piracy. They’re also trying to make the case that acts that delay releasing their music to Spotify are especially hard-hit by this trend. Riiiiiiiight. Show More Summary
The controversy surrounding the attempted introduction of the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP Acts may now be a fading memory for some, but in the corridors of power the 2012 fiasco remains a sensitive issue. Nevertheless, this week lawmakers in the U.S. Show More Summary
Aiming for another Internet groundswell like the movement against the federal Stop Online Piracy Act, several groups including Mozilla, Reddit, WordPress, Demand Progress and MoveOn, are participating in online protests on the Fourth of July against National Security Agency surveillance programs. Read full article >>
Earlier this month, Taiwanese Internet advocacy groups succeeded in shutting down an anti-piracy bill similar to the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The bill was an amendment to the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office’s Copyright...Show More Summary
SOPA, America’s controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, is back—and it’s poised to become law in a matter of weeks. SOPA, however, isn’t coming to the US, where a wide coalition defeated the legislation in January 2012. Orphaned by its American parents, SOPA is on the cusp of finding a home in Russia.
When all the big names in tech—Google, Twitter, Facebook, every website you visit regularly—got together and defeated the Stop Online Piracy Act last year, it was heralded as Silicon Valley's political awakening. But Northern California's particular strain of optimism and libertarianism doesn't play well with the reality of DC politics. Show More Summary
It said the U.S Stop Online Piracy Act demands IP blocking requests to be determined in court while the Taiwan copyrights amendement filter list will be managed by a government administrative body. Written by Oiwan Lam · comments (0) Share: Donate · facebook · twitter · reddit · StumbleUpon ·...
The last time Congress tried to pass major copyright reforms, 2011's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), it pissed off just about every corner of the Internet, from Google to Wikipedia to the Teen Witch Fan Club....Show More Summary
At least one congressman thinks he is better equipped to judge the merit of research than the world’s premier scientists. Representative Lamar Smith (CrunchGov Grade: F), co-author of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, wants the director...Show More Summary