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These Sites Should Be Shut Down By SOPA (Or A Bill Like It)

[credit provider=”AP”] SOPA has been shelved for now, but we’d be surprised if it doesn’t come back in one form or another.And when it does come back, it will be because of sites that actively encourage pirated feeds of movies and TV shows. These sites, which may have legitimate uses, […]
These Sites Should Be Shut Down By SOPA (Or A Bill Like It)
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FRED WILSON: A Post PIPA Post

On my way from a breakfast meeting to the office yesterday I got a phone call on my cell phone with a 202 area code on it. I picked up the call and on the other end of the line was someone in Congress who I’ve known for a decade […]
FRED WILSON: A Post PIPA Post
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Hollywood Must Die

One of the biggest startup advocators and investors, Paul Graham, doesn’t like what he’s seeing from Hollywood.
Hollywood Must Die
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Anti-Trust Laws Could Be Destroying A Robust Marketplace For Ideas

[credit provider=”Wikipedia screenshot”] In early December, the Justice Department confirmed that it was investigating the pricing of e-books and the related activities of major publishers and online retailers, such as Amazon.com and Apple. As a print and digital author, participant in the publishing industry, and graduate of the Yale Law […]
Anti-Trust Laws Could Be Destroying A Robust Marketplace For Ideas
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Why SOPA Matters to the International Tech Community Too

SOPA has caused quite a stir in the tech community eliciting such responses from companies as going dark to complete re-directs from home pages of major Internet sites.  While there has been an abundance of coverage on U.S.-based companies responses to the proposed bill, surprisingly, companies based outside of the […]
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PHEW: The Vote On A Bill That Could Kill The Internet Was Just Canceled

[credit provider=”Business Insider / Matthew Lynley”] Sen. Harry Reid has postponed Tuesday’s vote on the Protect-IP Act (PIPA), a bill that could encourage online censorship and a sister bill to the House version, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), according to ThinkProgress.SOPA and PIPA both are written in such a […]
PHEW: The Vote On A Bill That Could Kill The Internet Was Just Canceled
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Even The EU Internet Czar Is Tweeting Against SOPA

[credit provider=”@neeliekroesEU” url=”https://twitter.com/#!/NeelieKroesEU/status/160302659042164736″] BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s Internet czar on Friday added her voice to resistance to the Stop Online Piracy Act, in an unusually open comment on pending U.S. legislation.”Glad tide is turning on SOPA: don’t need bad legislation when should be safeguarding benefits of open net,” […]
Even The EU Internet Czar Is Tweeting Against SOPA
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The Inventor Of The World Wide Web Says SOPA Violates Human Rights

[credit provider=”Wikipedia” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tim_Berners-Lee_April_2009.jpg”] Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has voiced his frustrations about SOPA, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.Speaking at IBM’s annual Lotusphere conference, Berners-Lee said, “If you’re in America then you should go and call somebody or send an email to protest against these (censorship) bills […]
The Inventor Of The World Wide Web Says SOPA Violates Human Rights
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The Feds Just Shut Down A Huge File Sharing Site And Charged Its Founder With Piracy

[credit provider=”Lifehacker” url=”http://lifehacker.com/5799574/top-10-fixes-for-the-webs-most-annoying-problems”] A day after sites like Wikipedia and Reddit protested SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act), federal prosecutors have shut down file-sharing site Megaupload.com and charged its founder and others with piracy, the Associated Press reports.The indictment puts the amount of lost revenue from Megaupload at $500 million, […]
The Feds Just Shut Down A Huge File Sharing Site And Charged Its Founder With Piracy
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Jon Stewart Tells Us Everything We Need To Know About SOPA (Video)

[credit provider=”The Daily Show”] Jon Stewart tried to make sense of SOPA Wednesday — but how was he supposed to do that with Wikipedia down?The “Daily Show” host noted that the online encyclopedia was one of many sites that went dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would […]
Jon Stewart Tells Us Everything We Need To Know About SOPA (Video)
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The Largest Online Protest In History Started Here

[credit provider=”Boonsri Dickinson, Business Insider”] Yesterday, you couldn’t access Wikipedia and thousands of other sites because the sites were protesting two bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA). Like the Occupy Movement, this movement started from somewhere. The group behind the largest online protest in history is […]
The Largest Online Protest In History Started Here
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2 Huge Numbers About Yesterday’s Wikipedia Blackout

[credit provider=”Wiikipedia”] Wikipedia shared two surprising statistics about its blackout yesterday: more than 162 million people saw the blackout page 8 million people used the page to look up their representatives’ contact information Wikipedia was only one in a number of websites engaging in a blackout protest yesterday, but was […]
2 Huge Numbers About Yesterday’s Wikipedia Blackout
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Five Years Ago Disney And Microsoft Led A Huge Copyright Deal That Set The Stage For SOPA

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Microsoft_Sign_on_German_campus.jpg”] After website blackouts and resistance from protesters across the country yesterday, even more members of Congress withdrew their support of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). Two of the biggest players in the debate include Disney (pro-SOPA) and Microsoft, which only five years ago led a major […]
Five Years Ago Disney And Microsoft Led A Huge Copyright Deal That Set The Stage For SOPA
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This Horror Story Shows How SOPA Would Be Bad News For Startups

[credit provider=”Business Insider”] Joshua Metzger knows first hand how destructive the Stop Online Piracy Act (and its sister, the Protect IP Act) will be to startups if Congress doesn’t heed the protests and pull the cork on it.He was the lawyer for Veoh, a once high-flying competitor to YouTube that […]
This Horror Story Shows How SOPA Would Be Bad News For Startups
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DEAR INTERNET: If SOPA Dies, You Have Republicans To Thank For It

[credit provider=”AP”] Today an enormous number of Republican legislators are bailing on SOPA, declaring it a danger to free expression. As of this writing 26 out of the 29 legislators who came out against SOPA today are Republicans. Even before today, a lot of the hard-core anti-SOPA voters were fiscal and […]
DEAR INTERNET: If SOPA Dies, You Have Republicans To Thank For It
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A Huge Crowd Just Mobbed The New York Senators’ Offices To Protest SOPA

[credit provider=”Business Insider / Matthew Lynley”] Along with a ton of websites going dark in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA), tech communities around the world started protests against the bill.New York was no exception, with hundreds of tech geeks showing up to show […]
A Huge Crowd Just Mobbed The New York Senators’ Offices To Protest SOPA
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This First Example Of A SOPA ‘Blackout’ Is Pretty Lame

[credit provider=”L Marie via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenore-m/401685160/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Wednesday is the official day of protest over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill and a growing number of Web sites will participate.But gaming site RedstoneHost couldn’t wait. It started the party by “blacking out” its Web page Tuesday and replacing it with […]
This First Example Of A SOPA ‘Blackout’ Is Pretty Lame
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This App Makes It Super Easy To Yell At Your Senator About Internet Censorship

[credit provider=”Jaako via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaako/247638204/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] To fight the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), as many as 7,000 websites are going dark at midnight. Even Google is changing its home page tomorrow.These websites can now link to a tool called StoptheWall.us that makes it super easy for people to call their senators […]
This App Makes It Super Easy To Yell At Your Senator About Internet Censorship
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No, SOPA Is Not Dead Yet

Earlier today, a blogger reported that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced he was stopping all movement on SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act). This would effectively kill the controversial bill, which many high-profile techies say would result in the kind of censorship seen in China, Malaysia, and Iran.In fact, […]
No, SOPA Is Not Dead Yet
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One Of The Congressmen Supporting SOPA Just Caved

[credit provider=”Lamar Smith” url=”http://lamarsmith.house.gov/Photos/#id=190675&num=9″] It looks like all of the pressure opponents of the SOPA bill have been applying is making a difference.Representative Lamar Smith, the congressman who introduced the highly contested bill, announced today that one of the most controversial provisions in the bill will be removed.
One Of The Congressmen Supporting SOPA Just Caved
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The Senator Behind The Controversial PIPA Legislation Is Thankfully Starting To Backpedal

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leahy2009.jpg”] Patrick Leahy, the senator who introduced the contentious PROTECT IP Act, is now saying that more study is needed before taking it into official law, reports the Wall Street Journal.Specifically, Leahy wants to focus on a part of the legislation that would give the US attorney […]
The Senator Behind The Controversial PIPA Legislation Is Thankfully Starting To Backpedal
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HOW CONGRESS IS PREPARING TO DESTROY THE INTERNET: These Popular Sites Could Be Screwed By SOPA

[credit provider=”Lamar Smith” url=”http://lamarsmith.house.gov/Photos/#id=190675&num=9″] The Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation being debated in Congress has the potential to destroy the internet as we have come to know it.If passed, SOPA would require internet providers to block access to sites in other countries hosting stolen intellectual property (IP) from the […]
HOW CONGRESS IS PREPARING TO DESTROY THE INTERNET: These Popular Sites Could Be Screwed By SOPA
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The Congressman Who Authored SOPA Was A Copyright Violator

[credit provider=”Lamar Smith” url=”The%20Congressman%20Who%20Authored%20SOPA%20Is%20A%20Copyright%20Violator”] Congressman Lamar Smith is the brain behind the contentious SOPA copyright legislation everyone’s been talking about.And it turns out that he was at one point a copyright violator himself, reports Jamie Lee Curtis Taete of Vice.
The Congressman Who Authored SOPA Was A Copyright Violator
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Anonymous Will Shut Down In Protest Of SOPA

[credit provider=”Julia La Roche for Business Insider”] Hacking group Anonymous will carry out a 12-hour communication blackout in protest of SOPA, reports The Inquirer.This is scheduled to take place on January 18 from 8 AM to 8 PM, but we’re not too sure how this helps their crusade against SOPA […]
Anonymous Will Shut Down In Protest Of SOPA
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Reddit Will Go Dark In Protest Of A Bill The Internet Hates

[credit provider=”Reddit”] Reddit, an online news aggregator with about 35 million unique viewers, will go dark and show a message about how a pair of bills that could support Internet censorship would kill Reddit.It’s in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA), two bills that could […]
Reddit Will Go Dark In Protest Of A Bill The Internet Hates
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Now The U.S. Is Trying To Force Dumb Internet Laws On Other Countries Too

[credit provider=”steel_chas via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/charliesteele/2292842179/”] Last month, the U.S. threatened to blacklist trade with Spain if it didn’t pass a SOPA-style law blocking file-sharing sites.A letter leaked from the U.S. ambassador to Spain’s outgoing president detailed the threat, concerning Spain’s so-called Sinde Law. The letter was published by the Spanish […]
Now The U.S. Is Trying To Force Dumb Internet Laws On Other Countries Too
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Now GoDaddy Officially Opposes SOPA

We previously reported on GoDaddy users taking their business elsewhere in response to the company’s support of SOPA, a very unpopular piece of legislation that will dramatically affect how the Internet operates.
Now GoDaddy Officially Opposes SOPA
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Go Daddy Pulls Support For The Bill That The Internet Hates

Most of the supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are content companies who think the government has been way to lenient about online piracy. Record companies, movie studios, and so on.Most of its opponents are tech companies who believe the act goes way too far and would legalise […]
Go Daddy Pulls Support For The Bill That The Internet Hates
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Dumb Ideas Your Politicians Have About Technology

[credit provider=”AP”] The technology industry is upset over a bill that would muck up the whole Internet just to keep people from illegally downloading copyrighted stuff like movies. But the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) is not the only dumb idea politicians have had about technology.It’s not even the only […]
Dumb Ideas Your Politicians Have About Technology
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Tech Bigwigs: New Law Would Make The U.S. Like “China, Malaysia, and Iran”

[credit provider=”yoshiffles via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cutiemoo/3111207407/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] A group of bigshots in the tech industry, including Marc Andreessen, Sergey Brin, Jack Dorsey, and Arianna Huffington, say that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would let the US government use censorship techniques “similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran.”Critics say SOPA […]
Tech Bigwigs: New Law Would Make The U.S. Like “China, Malaysia, and Iran”
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Microsoft Is Trying To Kill That Online Censorship Bill

[credit provider=”Flickr/Kevin Krejci” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinkrejci/6259500383/”] The world’s top tech companies are backing away from a bill that could encourage censorship online thanks to prodding from Microsoft, according to a report by Cnet. The Business Software Alliance (BSA), which consists of companies like Adobe, Microsoft and Apple, voiced concerns over the Stop Online […]
Microsoft Is Trying To Kill That Online Censorship Bill
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Europe Thinks That US Anti-Piracy Bill Is Dumb Too

Pretty much every tech-related person in the States let out an anguished, bemused cry last week as it emerged that a draconian anti-piracy bill was worming its way through Congress and presented a very real threat of becoming law.
Europe Thinks That US Anti-Piracy Bill Is Dumb Too
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The Music Industry Whines About Stealing While Stealing From Artists

[credit provider=”matiasjajaja via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/matiasjajaja/280000443/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] The music industry is a big supporter of the SOPA bill being considered by Congress right now, which would make it much easier for copyright holders to force Web sites out of business on suspicion that they’re hosting copyrighted material.The industry doesn’t want people stealing […]
The Music Industry Whines About Stealing While Stealing From Artists