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The Internet Threw a Protest and No One Came

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

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...

If You Want To Know How Supporting Techdirt Can Help Shift The Debate In Washington DC, Read This

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

US Wants to Criminalize Movie and Music Streaming

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

Revolving Door: Main Architect Of PIPA (Senate Version Of SOPA) Now... Lobbying For The MPAA

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

Copyright Lawyers Prime The Pump For The Return Of SOPA

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

The MPAA Targets A Subreddit & Opens Everyone’s Eyes To Free Movies

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

Reddit, DuckDuckGo, Imgur & more plan second NSA protest of 2014

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 …

Google lining up with the good guys in fight against internet tolls, net neutrality

4 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

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

How advocacy beat ACTA in Europe

5 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

James Losey writes, "After the defeat of SOPA and PIPA in the United States attention turned to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Europe. Like SOPA and PIPA, ACTA raised concerns that excessive measure to enforce copyright online would limit freedom of expression online. Show More Summary

Network Neutrality: Where Things Stand

If there’s one thing public officials have learned from activists over the past few years it’s this: Do Not Anger the Internet. Online organizing has taken down multibillion dollar campaigns such as SOPA and PIPA, brought a nationalShow More Summary

25 tech companies ask Sen. Wyden to fight for online freedom — again

Today, a group of 25 notable tech companies asked Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to fight  measures that could slow innovation and greatly diminish personal freedoms on the Internet. Specifically, the coalition is asking Wyden, a SOPA/PIPA opponent, for opposition to …

MPAA Shifts Its Funding Efforts To Republicans After SOPA Defeat

7 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You may recall that, as SOPA/PIPA were in their final death throes, MPAA boss Chris Dodd made a significant political faux pas in flat out warning politicians that if they refused to stay bought, the MPAA might not keep funding them:...Show More Summary

No, ‘The Day We Fight Back’ is not like the SOPA/PIPA fight. It’s a bigger challenge.

Today's the day Internet users are protesting the NSA's surveillance powers. It's being billed as a massive online event akin to Jan. 18, 2012, when some of the Web's biggest destinations — reddit, Wired, Wikipedia — voluntarily went dark. If the Internet activists of 2012 blacked out the Web to protest the threat of censorship under […]

No, ‘The Day We Fight Back’ is not like the SOPA/PIPA fight. It’s a bigger challenge.

Today's the day Internet users are protesting the NSA's surveillance powers. It's being billed as a massive online event akin to Jan. 18, 2012, when some of the Web's biggest destinations — reddit, Wired, Wikipedia — voluntarily went dark. If the Internet activists of 2012 blacked out the Web to protest the threat of censorship under […]

Two strikes against the 'six strikes' advisory board

The two named members of the board have connections to the ISPs themselves and the legislators behind SOPA and PIPA.

Reddit, Mozilla, Tumblr and more gear up for massive NSA protest tomorrow

Remember the Internet’s reaction to SOPA and PIPA? Welcome to save the Internet: part two. Tomorrow Reddit, Mozilla and Tumblr (Yahoo) plan to team up with more than 5,300 other technology companies, human rights organizations and media properties to protest …

Whatever Happened To The War On Piracy?

It’s been a long time since the days of SOPA and PIPA, and the period when I published what remains my most popular piece to this day, “You Will Never Kill Piracy, and Piracy Will Never Kill You.” In the face of legislation that threatened the very freedom of the internet in the name of [...]

It's the End of the Internet Again: Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality

9 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

For such an important part of American daily life, the internet sure is a fragile thing. Remember how SOPA and PIPA were both averted thanks to online activism? This time, net neutrality has been wiped out, and there's nothing you can do about it. Show More Summary

Is Privacy an Anomaly Created by the New Industrial Revolution?

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

Syrian Electronic Army 'Hack' Of The NYTimes Was The Exact Remedy MPAA Demanded With SOPA

last yearIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

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