Five Years Ago This week in 2012 was all about the fallout from SOPA/PIPA, and the pivot to focusing on new battles. The SOPA supporters who own major media networks were somehow complaining they couldn't get their voices heard, while...Show More Summary
Five years ago this week, Americans opened their internet browsers and saw darkness. Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and other major websites had banded together and gone dark to make a then-obscure piece of legislation infamous. Show More Summary
Five years ago today the Internet went on strike to fight SOPA and PIPA, two anti-piracy bills. As part of the historic protests tech giants such as Google and Wikipedia stood by many smaller players in a massive "Internet blackout," which helped to defeat the bills. Show More Summary
As you may have heard, today is the five-year anniversary of the massive internet blackout that tons of internet users and sites participated in to protest a pair of awful copyright laws, SOPA & PIPA, which would have undermined some of the most basic principles of a free and open internet. Show More Summary
Photo: Andrew Dallos (via Flickr) As Washington readies for a leadership transition, its resident politicians are more bitterly divided than ever. Nearly 60 Democratic lawmakers have announced their plans to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration in the wake of his attacks on civil rights leader Rep. Show More Summary
Five Years Ago And so the SOPA/PIPA fight continued this week in 2011. The chorus of opposition grew larger: first the New York and LA Times both came out against the bills, then the Wall Street Journal joined them — though the world...Show More Summary
What’s the greatest threat to the Internet? Did you say the elimination of net neutrality? What about SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act? Or the Protect IP Act (PIPA)? The fact of the matter is that the greatest threat to the Internet doesn’t come from any kind of government agency. So again, what’s the greatest threat to the Internet? Sharks. Read More
You'll never find a more action packed year than 2012 for copyright and plagiarism. SOPA, PIPA, Megaupload, Jonah Lehrer and much more.
Web and mobile companies have been using their consumer facing apps to advocate for policies that they care about for a while now. Back in the PIPA/SOPA wars, Wikipedia, Tumblr, and a number of other high traffic apps went black and made a big impact on that debate. Yesterday Uber added a De Blasio mode […]
The internet community has already chalked up an impressive list of wins --- from New Neutrality to killing SOPA and PIPA. But our work is far from done. The post Senator Ron Wyden: The Free Internet Is a Global Priority appeared first on WIRED.
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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was a strong supporter of the SOPA/PIPA approach to breaking the internet to appease Hollywood. Even as lots of others bailed out on their support of the bills, Whitehouse refused to change his position. It appears he'd like to push such a solution again. Show More Summary
Remember when the internet rallied to defeat SOPA/PIPA? That was awesome. Today, a coalition of websites are trying to create the same digital fervor to protect another looming threat to the free web: net neutrality. Unfortunately, this most recent campaign hasn't impassioned the masses so much as briefly inspired a collective, heh? Read more...
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
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
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
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
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
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 …
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