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
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
Last year, as the debates over SOPA and PIPA raged, Joshua Kopstein at Motherboard wrote a post entitled “Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK to Not KNow How the Internet Works“. In the post, he blasted Congress for joking about how little they understood about the Internet while, at the same time, attempting to legislate [...]Show More Summary
Remember SOPA and PIPA, the two copyright-protection bills that stirred the internet into a frenzy in in late 2011 and early 2012? Well, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society just released some really interesting research and an interactive visualization mapping media coverage of the topic […]
A year after the SOPA and PIPA melt-down, Hollywood and Silicon Valley are still at odds over how best to address the issue of piracy. Heavyweights from both sides faced off to discuss possible market-based and legal solutions.
The US Chamber of Commerce, the giant lobbying organization who led the fight for SOPA/PIPA, is apparently so invested in "must have stronger copyright laws" that it doesn't even bother making sense any more. It's released a bizarre statement claiming that India needs stronger copyright laws, because Bollywood is so successful. Show More Summary
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