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
Over a year ago, last January 18th to be specific, an internet boycott was arranged, the likes of which had never been seen before. Sites went dark in order to protest SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and even places like debuted a censored logo as a form of pushback against the bill. Back then, [...]
Tiffiniy Cheng is the co-founder of Fight for the Future, a nonprofit that organized the protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act, a broadly-worded bill that, in the name of copyright protection, would have given the entertainment industry and their toadies in Congress powers of censorship over your favorite internet destinations. Show More Summary
WHEN a coalition of internet activists and web companies scuppered the Hollywood-sponsored Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) last year, they warned Congress that future attempts to push through legislation that threatened digital freedoms would be met with a similar response. Show More Summary
If you start looking for images to illustrate the fight last year over the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, you won't find many of people. A Google image search offers pages of acronyms--the failed laws, that galvanized a community of Internet activists into political action, were known as SOPA and PIPA--pasted onto different types of signs....
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......
When the US government tried to regulate the Internet in 2011, through the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and a corresponding Senate bill, Silicon Valley tech giants and civil liberties organizations went ballistic. The two groups, often...Show More Summary
In January, on the anniversary of the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act, an Internet activist group called Fight for the Future uploaded a video of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech, in violation of copyright law. It was promptly taken down, but the group uploaded it a second time. Fight for...
In January 2012, the online world was ablaze with news that Congress was taking up controversial legislation intended to address internet piracy, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), but which critics derided for giving the governmentShow More Summary
A gallery illustrating the movement to stop SOPA, one year after historic protests.
(January 18, 2013 04:45 PM, by Garett Jones) Today is the first anniversary of Wikipedia's SOPA Blackout: A 24-hour shutdown to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act. To commemorate the anniversary, the Mercatus Center is making Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive To Excess available free for today only. Download... (0 COMMENTS)
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
One year ago, Web activists were celebrating the end of two Internet piracy bills. This year, while they’re taking time to remember a victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP (Intellectual Property) Act, they’ve also got their eyes on a larger fight. Read full article >>
As Friday marks one year since the Stop Online Piracy Act was shelved, some Internet activists are marking the date by declaring "Internet Freedom Day." How does one celebrate Internet Freedom Day? Fight for the Future, an advocacy group...Show More Summary
Today is Internet Freedom Day, a day to celebrate efforts to ensure an open and free Internet. Coming on the anniversary of the Wikipedia blackout that successfully stopped he Stop Online Piracy Act in the United States, it is worthShow More Summary
January 18, 2013, is the one-year anniversary of the strike against the Stop Online Piracy Act, the biggest ever of its kind.
When Congress was debating the Stop Online Piracy Act back in late 2011, a report alleged staff at the U.S. House of Representatives were downloading pirated content illegally — the exact practice SOPA was intended to fight. Fast forward to today, and it seems House employees are still grabbing TV episodes and movies on the [...]Show More Summary
Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old digital luminary who took his life Friday, played an instrumental part in organizing the technology community's opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act early last year. SOPA was designed to combat online...Show More Summary
I woke up to the news this morning that Aaron Swartz, the internet activist who wrote key parts of early RSS code, helped establish Reddit, opposed the Stop Online Piracy Act, and pushed hard for open access to information like U.S. case law and academic journals, eventually facing serious jail time for the latter, had [...]