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
Last year, after making it through the gauntlet of SOPA and PIPA, we wondered if we’d have to worry about yet another bit of Internet regulation, CISPA, aka the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. As it turns out, despite support in the U.S. House of Representatives, we probably don’t have to be concerned about CISPA going anywhere, … [More]
Posted by news intern Ansel Herz Last year freedom-loving people rejoiced when SOPA/PIPA died, smote by the combined powers of internet activists, the White House, tech companies, and Paul Constant, who railed against it on Slog. While...Show More Summary
It’s baaaaaack: Last year we started paying attention to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, otherwise known as CISPA, for its perceived similarities to the reviled SOPA and PIPA bills. Despite getting killed off last year, CISPA has now been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives by a huge margin. The House adopted CISPA by a 288-127 … [More]
Remember SOPA and PIPA? They were laws introduced in the past two years that could have fundamentally altered the way the internet functions in an effort to curb piracy, but were effectively discontinued after vocal protest and online petitioning. Show More Summary
The Internet Defense League, an offshoot of the organic and successful social media efforts last year to block SOPA and PIPA, has put up the “Cat Signal” again — calling on the social web to move into formation and protect internet rights. An email went out to all Internet Defense League list subscribers today, [...]
Last year, you may have gone an entire day without Wikipedia thanks to the SOPA blackout. In January 2012, thousands of websites went dark for a day to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). And it worked. The bills died. It's like the......
Frustrated and bitter that laws like SOPA and PIPA have yet to get pushed through Congress without those pesky constituents objecting to turning the U.S. government into muscle for entertainment industry, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is taking out its anger on Google. Show More Summary
All Things Digital: “Six months ago, in the wake of the SOPA/PIPA debate, Google offered a peace offering to the Big Media companies: It said it would try to make [...] The post Google’s Still Supporting Piracy, So Says The RIAA appeared first on The Smoking Section.
Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog, We’ve discussed many times before - hardly a month goes by without some major action against Internet users... from Obama’s ‘kill switch’, to ACTA, SOPA and PIPA, to stasi tactics against people like Kim Dotcom. Show More Summary
Does the NYT know it should be glad that SOPA/PIPA failed? Here’s a story about counterfeits on Canal Street, with reasonably clear explanations of how they were acquired and for what price, along with pictures of the results.
We thought we killed all those awful, horrible destroy the Internet-type bills in SOPA, PIPA and CISPA. We might've been wrong. Like a zombie looking for human blood or a sore loser demanding a rematch, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and Rep. Mike Rogers plan to re-introduce CISPA to the House later this year. More »
Recent events have highlighted the fact that hackers, coders, and geeks are behind a vibrant political culture. More About: ACTA, anonymous, civil liberties, freedom of speech, PIPA, SOPA
One year ago today, the Internet went dark. The reasons aren't even that complicated: A massive number of influential Internet denizens, like Wikipedia, were protesting both SOPA and PIPA at the time. The best part? It totally worked. Show More Summary
Remember the Stop Online Privacy and Protect IP Acts, better known as SOPA/PIPA? It was a year ago that thousands of websites -- like Wikipedia, Reddit, and Boing Boing -- went dark to demonstrate what could happen were the acts to pass. Both acts were proposed as way to combat copyright infringement on the Internet. To commemorate successful protests...
Friday, Jan. 18 marks the one year anniversary of the technology community's Internet blackout over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister bill, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA was intended to curb online content piracy, but Internet advocates warned it would have disastrous consequences for online free speech and worked to fight the bill. Show More Summary
We've been talking a lot today about Internet Freedom Day, and the anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA blackout. The folks at Fight for the Future noticed the proximity of Internet Freedom Day to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and decided an interesting form of celebrating internet freedom would be to share a video of MLK's famous "I have a dream..." speech. Show More Summary
On this Internet Freedom Day, Declan McCullagh has a great post in which he reached out to the key politicians and lobbyists who supported SOPA and PIPA last year to see what they had to say one year later. The quotes are really incredible in their tone deafness to what happened. Show More Summary
Today marks a calendar year since passionate Internet activist and major tech companies helped defeat bad tech legislation SOPA and its Senate cousin PIPA. It's also the day set aside by activist as national Internet Freedom Day.
For many who knew Aaron Swartz, this Internet Freedom Day -- the anniversary of last year's January 18th blackouts that led to the end of SOPA/PIPA -- is a bit bittersweet. Aaron played a very large role in helping stop SOPA last year -- to the point that I'm not sure the bills would have been stopped without his help. Show More Summary