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[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, […]
[credit provider=”Sean Gallup / Getty”] For a while it looked like the weekend’s large scale attack on the Polish governmental websites could be working.”Dear Polish government, we will continue to disrupt and interfere with your government official websites until the 26th. Do not pass ACTA.” tweeted @AnonymousWiki on Sunday, referring […]
[credit provider=”Business Insider / Matthew Lynley”] Looks like Senator Chuck Grassley’s Twitter account has been hacked.What looks like a rogue user has been firing off tweets for the past few minutes. The tweets have been pretty tame so far, though he did say he wanted Herman Cain to be president […]
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 […]
One of the biggest startup advocators and investors, Paul Graham, doesn’t like what he’s seeing from Hollywood.
[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 […]
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 […]
[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 […]
You keep hearing about online and offline protests of some bill called SOPA. What is it? Why is it so bad? What’s going to happen next. We explain in 60 seconds:
[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,” […]
[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 […]
[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, […]
[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 […]
[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 […]
[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 […]
[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 […]
PIPA support is crumbling after yesterday’s widespread Internet protests as 26 new senators oppose the bill, seven of which were former co-sponsors, reports Ars Technica.
[credit provider=”AP”] Oregan’s Democratic Senator Ron Wyden is about to become an internet folk-legend. Here is his letter to the internet:
As critical Internet sites turn black, the tech community unplugged for an hour to show up at the Civic centre Plaza to protest two bills that threaten their livelihoods.
[credit provider=”YouTube Screenshot / Khan Academy”] Khan Academy just posted a complete breakdown of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA).If you’ve never heard of the bill, this is the best place to start. SOPA and PIPA both are written in such a way that the bills […]
[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 […]
[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 […]
[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 […]
Those angry tweets of Rupert Murdoch’s against Google and SOPA this week did sound like he was lashing out at something.
A lot of websites (most notably Wikipedia) are going dark today in protest of SOPA.
IF YOU OBJECT to the legislation currently weaving its way through the U.S. Congress and wish to participate in the 24-hour internet blackout taking place today then we suggest you stop reading now.
Google has put a black censorship bar over the logo on its home page to protest SOPA, the proposed anti-piracy law that many prominent techies say would censor the web unfairly.
[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 […]
[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 […]
Only two days after he hit Twitter to smear Google as pirates, Rupert Murdoch is at it again.
Google will change its home page tomorrow to protest SOPA, the proposed Internet legislation that cofounder Sergey Brin and other big techies have likened to the kind of Internet censorship laws found in China and Iran.
Wikipedia will pull its plug on Wednesday in protest of SOPA and PIPA, controversial bills in Congress that could seriously change the way the Internet works if they get passed.
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, […]
If you’re still in the dark on SOPA, this is an excellent explainer video from Up With Chris Hayes on MSNBC that will very quickly bring you up to speed.
We thought Rupert Murdoch’s tweets in support of SOPA would stir some reactions from the tech community.
This is going to piss off some people in the Valley:
[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.
[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 […]
[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 […]
[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.
[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 […]
[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 […]
If you’ve been on Twitter today, chances are you’ve seen a change in some of the avatars.
[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 […]
[credit provider=”AP”] Way back in 2010 it was confirmed in a series of Wikileaks releases that the US had played a crucial role in creating Spain’s plans for an anti-piracy law.The release of those cables by Wikileaks actually did a lot to hinder the law (at the time, we ran […]
Here’s Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian presenting several arguments against SOPA in an appearance on Bloomberg Television’s “InBusiness With Margaret Brennan.”
The Stop Online Piracy Act is so polarising in the tech world that huge web companies like Amazon, eBay, Facebook, and Google are considering going dark in order to spread awareness, reports ExtremeTech.
[credit provider=”Flickr / NASA Goddard Photo and Video” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/6166295967/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] How do you get around the government potentially censoring the Internet?Launch a bunch of satellites and start your own Internet.
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.
GoDaddy and its scantily clad spokesmodels used to be publicly listed as supporters of SOPA until pressure from big-name customers forced them to withdraw, reports the BBC.
GoDaddy is calling its customers and trying to convince them to stay after pulling support for the Stop Online Privacy Act, a bill that could encourage censorship on the Internet, The Next Web reports.
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 […]
In a thread on Hacker News, Y Combinator founder Paul Graham said that companies who support the Stop Online Piracy Act will no longer be welcome at the incubator’s demo days.
[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 […]
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is under fire after he tweeted that he was bored and surfing the internet during a markup of the controversial “Stop Online Piracy Act.”
[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 […]
The U.S. government seized the domain of a small but influential music blog a year ago under charges that look pretty bogus, then kept it under lock and key for more than a year, according to this completely outrageous story by Mike Masnick at Techdirt.
[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 […]
[credit provider=”AP”] The tech super giants that threw their weight behind a bill in congress that could encourage censorship online last week are retreating after practically all of the Internet came out against the bill.The Business Software Alliance, which has Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and others as members, issued a statement […]
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.
Some of the largest and most popular tech companies in the world are throwing their support behind a bill that could lead to censorship on the Internet.
[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 […]