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  • Rubio Praises U.N., World Bank, IMF for Not Asserting ‘Narrow American Interests’

    04/26/2012 6:52:25 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 109 replies
    cns news ^ | Thursday April 26, 2012 | Michael W. Chapman
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who was elected to his first term with help from the Tea Party in 2010 and who is sometimes cited as a potential GOP vice presidential pick, lauded the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for following their respective visions instead of asserting “narrow American interests” in a speech today on U.S. foreign policy. In remarks at the liberal Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Rubio sketched the advances made globally since the end of World War II as a result of America’s leadership. “The purpose of the institutions we established, from...
  • US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

    03/20/2012 6:22:31 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 103 replies · 2+ views ^ | March 17, 2012 | Zach Epstein
    Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States will soon launch new programs to police their networks in an effort to catch digital pirates and stop illegal file-sharing. Major ISPs announced last summer that they had agreed to take new measures in an effort to prevent subscribers from illegally downloading copyrighted material, but the specifics surrounding the imminent antipiracy measures were not made available. Now, RIAA chief executive Cary Sherman has said that ISPs are ready to begin their efforts to curtail illegal movie, music and software downloads on July 12.
  • The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom

    02/22/2012 12:16:17 AM PST · by Sprite518 · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/21/2012 | ROBERT M. MCDOWELL
    The Internet has also been a net job creator. A recent McKinsey study found that for every job disrupted by Internet connectivity, 2.6 new jobs are created. It is no coincidence that these wonderful developments blossomed as the Internet migrated further away from government control. Today, however, Russia, China and their allies within the 193 member states of the ITU want to renegotiate the 1988 treaty to expand its reach into previously unregulated areas. Reading even a partial list of proposals that could be codified into international law next December at a conference in Dubai is chilling: • Subject cyber...
  • HOLDER'S SERGEANT SCHULTZ DEFENSE: As Hearings Mount, Attorney General is Throwing more Sandbags

    02/07/2012 7:04:45 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 11 replies ^ | 02/07/2012 |
    Despite overwhelming evidence that memos and letters were sent to Eric Holder regarding Fast and Furious as early as July of 2010, he still used ignorance as his defense in the most recent Congressional hearing. As frustration was apparent on the faces of Republican Committee members, there was a certain smugness on the faces of Holder and his assistants, who were seated behind him.

Executive Director of the Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt has been following the Fast and Furious scandal, practically from the time it broke early last year. One of his concerns is that without the support of...
  • Reid’s floor maneuvers leave some Senate Democrats frustrated (RATS out of the loop)

    02/07/2012 6:41:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/07/12
    Reid’s floor maneuvers leave some Senate Democrats frustratedBy Alexander Bolton - 02/07/12 05:15 AM ET Some Democrats are grumbling over how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has run the floor this year. The frustration is felt mostly among junior lawmakers, who want more of a role in decision-making and have yet to resign themselves to the traditional pace of the Senate, where seniority rules and lawmakers often have to wait years to have significant influence. They say Reid’s style leaves them feeling out of the loop. Colleagues have second-guessed Reid’s decision to greenlight a deal with Republicans on the...
  • February 7, 2012 Democrats to continue Internet coup with new cyber bill

    02/07/2012 9:08:04 AM PST · by thouworm · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 7, 2012 | Josh Peterson
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, following a recent anti-piracy legislative debacle with SOPA and PIPA, will lead his second effort of 2012 to push Internet-regulating legislation, this time in the form of a new cybersecurity bill. The expected bill is the latest attempt by the Democrats to broadly expand the authority of executive branch agencies over the Internet. Details about the bill remain shrouded in secrecy. Clues available to the public suggest that the bill might be stronger than President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity proposal, which was released in May 2011. Reid said that he would bring the bill — expected...
  • INTERNET TAKEOVER PLAN B: After SOPA, PIPA Stall,Obama Goes Over Congress’ Head

    02/01/2012 12:13:59 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 8 replies ^ | 2/1/2012 |
    This is one bowl of alphabet soup that’ll make you sick. Before the dust has even temporarily settled on SOPA and PIPA, the House and Senate anti-Internet-piracy laws that stalled in Congress last week under intense public pressure, the White House is at it again. This time it’s the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) treaty. And, according to Constitutionalist attorney Gary Kreep, President of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF), the threat against American free speech is even greater. Unlike the House and Senate bills, ACTA is an international treaty that has been developed without Congress, serves New World Order interests...
  • Obama Ratifies the ACTA Global Internet Censorship Agreement(W/O Senate)

    01/27/2012 6:18:00 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 52 replies
    The Real Agenda ^ | January 26, 2012 | Luis R. Miranda
    In another example of how little Barack Obama cares about the United States Constitution and the role of Congress -as bad as it can be- the current U.S. president ratified the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA. President Obama had signed the first binding draft of ACTA last October 1, 2011, also in secret. As we reported yesterday, ACTA is much more dangerous than SOPA, PIPA or OPEN, because it is the accord that legalizes internet censorship on a global basis. That is why presidents around the planet have received an signed the agreement without any review from their congresses or...
  • Anyone know what is with SOPA/PIPA supporters?

    01/25/2012 7:41:26 PM PST · by Rockerwolf · 30 replies
    Because there was a discussion that i had with someone about SOPA/PIPA and i mentioned how the bill would in effect affect sites like Youtube,google,flickr,tumblr,and such. And the person turned it around to make it into about supporting music piracy. And the whole time the person made me want to facepalm so hard over the person supporting SOPA/PIPA. Because under SOPA/PIPA,if i did a cover of a song and uploaded it to say,Youtube or simiar i would get into trouble,but the person kept turning it around and stuff.
  • SOPA sponsor has another Internet bill that records you 24/7

    01/24/2012 10:53:44 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 37 replies
    Slash Gear ^ | 20 January 2012 | Chris Burns
    Senator Lamar Smith, lead sponsor of the currently dead SOPA bill you’ve heard so much about, has another bill in the works that uses Child Pornography as a screen to push through an amendment that’ll have your internet service provider tracking all of your financial dealings online. Each time you use a credit card, each time you read your bank statement, all of your IP information and your search history will be required by your ISP to be stored for 18 months at all times. This bill is H.R. 1981 and will have more dire consequences than SOPA or PIPA...
  • Freedom and the Internet, Victorious House Chamber, Washington, D.C.

    01/24/2012 11:32:09 AM PST · by Congressman Tom McClintock
    Congressman Tom McClintock ^ | 1.23.12 | Rep. Tom McClintock
    Long ago, Jefferson warned, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” The exceptions to that rule have been few and far between recently, and ought to be celebrated when they occur. One did this past week with the announcement that supporters of the so-called “Stop On-Line Privacy Act” and the “Protect Intellectual Property Act” have indefinitely postponed their measures after an unprecedented protest across the Internet. SOPA and PIPA pose a crippling danger to the Internet because they use the legitimate concern over copy-right infringement as an excuse for government to intrude...
  • If You Thought SOPA Was Bad, Just Wait Until You Meet ACTA

    01/24/2012 9:08:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/23/12 | E.D. Kain, Contributor
    When sites like Wikipedia and Reddit banded together for a major blackout January 18th, the impact was felt all the way to Washington D.C. The blackout had lawmakers running from the controversial anti-piracy legislation, SOPA and PIPA, which critics said threatened freedom of speech online. Unfortunately for free-speech advocates, these pieces of legislation are not the only laws which threaten an open internet. Few people have heard of ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, but the provisions in the agreement appear quite similar to – and more expansive than – anything we saw in SOPA. Worse, the agreement spans virtually...
  • We the People: Populist Protest Kills SOPA (Again) (MPAA Chief Threatens Obama, Congress_

    01/23/2012 2:10:42 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Anandtech ^ | January 20, 2012 3:10 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Lobbyist bribery goes to waste for once, as Rep. Smith is forced to "postpone" SOPA indefinitely UPDATE: PIPA is "dead"/postponed too... details at the end of the piece. Over the weekend U.S. President Barack Obama's (D) cabinet hinted that he might veto the pending House's "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) (H.R. 3261) and Senate's "PROTECT IP Act" (PIPA) (S.968) out of concern that the bills Orwellian takedown provisions could damage the legitimate internet economy.   I. The Rat Returns With the support of politically enemy-turned-friend House Oversight Chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Rep. Eric Cantor(R-Virg.) was compelled to promise to shelve any potential vote in the Republican-controlled House...
  • SOPA and PIPA Backlash Delightfully Continues

    01/23/2012 9:23:27 AM PST · by Altariel · 14 replies
    Reason ^ | January 18, 2012 | Lucy Steigerwald
    Maybe you're sick to death of all the to-do over SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act and its Senate buddy the Protect Intellectual Property Act or PIPA) or you just really needed your Wikipedia fix today (don't worry, you can still read their SOPA page!). But really, isn't it awesome that people won't shut up about something actually important for once? Reason didn't participate, but don't take that as any sort of endorsement of nosy government activities. Nick Gillespie reported earlier today on the protest and how it has drawn support from all sides of the political spectrum. What's interesting...
  • Are SOPA/PIPA Dead?... A Shocking Turn of Events

    01/23/2012 7:20:15 AM PST · by DBCJR · 7 replies
    SitePro News ^ | By David Jackson
    Last November I wrote an article titled 'The Advent of Internet Censorship in America' ( 2011/11/advent-of-internet-censorship-in.html). To recap: "The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R.3261, was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011 by Representative Lamar Smith [R-TX] and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The aim of the bill is to help U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders fight online transmission of restricted intellectual property." (Source: Wikipedia) Opponents of the bill says it goes too far and threatens to shut down or censor legitimate websites that might inadvertently link to...
  • Google is no friend of Internet freedom (SOPA warriors - don't lose sight of Net Neutrality)

    01/23/2012 5:11:26 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 20th | Phil Kerpen
    For the better part of a decade, companies like Google and IAC/InterActiveCorp have been pushing for the federal government to regulate the Internet in the name of net neutrality, and I’ve been fighting them every step of the way. We beat them in Congress. We beat them in the courts. We beat them in public opinion. But we lost to them on a 3-2 party line vote at the Federal Communications Commission, led by long-time IAC/InterActiveCorp general counsel turned FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. The FCC’s unlawful order gives that commission the self-appointed power to regulate how the broadband networks that...
  • Consumer group accuses Hollywood of 'threatening politicians'(Won't support obozo)

    01/21/2012 3:56:24 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-20-12 | Brian Sasso
    Consumer group Public Knowledge on Friday accused the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and its head, former Sen. Chris Dodd, of trying to intimidate lawmakers into supporting a pair of controversial anti-piracy bills. In recent days, Dodd and other top Hollywood figures have threatened to cut off campaign donations to politicians who do not support their effort to crackdown on online copyright infringement. "Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write...
  • MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren't Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought

    01/20/2012 7:44:18 PM PST · by Kieri · 17 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 01/20/2012 | Mike Masnick
    from the sickening dept Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd really does not get what's happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News to explicitly threaten politicians who accept MPAA campaign donations that they'd better pass Hollywood's favorite legislation... or else: "Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk...
  • Wikipedia: SOPA protest led 8 million to look up reps in Congress

    01/20/2012 9:48:04 AM PST · by opentalk · 2 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 19, 2012 | Deborah Netburn
    On Wednesday, some of the Internet's largest entities blacked out their websites --or their logos or some of their content --in a protest against the SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills making their way through Congress. If you're wondering whether all of this had an effect, the answer is yes. Big time. Wikipedia, the largest Web player to block access to its pages for a full 24 hours, reports that a whopping 162 million people experienced the blackout on the online encyclopedia's landing page. In addition, 8 million U.S. readers took Wikipedia's suggestion and looked up their congressional reps from the...
  • PIPA Senate vote to be delayed, Reid announces

    01/20/2012 7:10:04 AM PST · by maggief · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2012 | Paul Kane
    Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced Friday he would delay consideration of measure to combat online piracy, bowing to pressure from a coalition of Internet companies, including Google and Wikipedia, that rallied consumers to their side by saying the legislation could lead to the censorship of popular sites. In a statement, Reid said he would delay the vote scheduled for Tuesday to begin consideration until the Senate Judiciary Committee could make more progress. “We made good progress through the discussions we’ve held in recent days, and I am optimistic that we can reach a compromise in the coming...
  • House, Senate Postpone Piracy Bills (SOPA/PIPA) Under Pressure

    01/20/2012 8:19:27 AM PST · by abb · 24 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 20, 2012 | Josh Smith, Dan Friedman and Juliana Gruenwald
    Capping a dramatic week of protests and legislative maneuvering, leaders in the Senate and the House announced on Friday that they are backing off efforts to pass a pair of controversial bills to crack down on foreign websites that use pirated content. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced that he will postpone a cloture vote on the Senate’s Protect IP Act, originally scheduled for Tuesday. And in the House, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said he will postpone consideration of the House version until more agreement can be found. Congress backed off the legislation after an unprecedented online...

    01/20/2012 6:33:54 AM PST · by mamelukesabre · 3 replies
    SOPA/PIPA... adumbrations of the putative end to that which Leonidas purported to have bestowed upon all to the west of Thermopylae. MOLON LABE, Mr. Lamar Smith, MOLON LABE!
  • SOPA/PIPA, Net Neutrality and the Good Guys and Bad Guys Against Both

    01/19/2012 7:06:42 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | January 19th | Seton Motley
    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (and its Senate alternative, the Protect Intellectual Property Act [PIPA]) have been taking a bipartisan beating. Conservatives have joined with Leftists to savage the bill and thus its chances for passage. I too am opposed to this iteration of SOPA – it remains too overly broad. But something similar and more finely, sharply crafted – must become law. And conservatives will need to reorient themselves when a better version of the bill comes along – and support it. —– We cannot look at the SOPA debate without putting it into the broader context of...
  • Anonymous hackers claim to have crashed Justice Department website

    01/19/2012 3:19:57 PM PST · by maggief · 84 replies · 7+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2012 | Brendan Sasso
    Anonymous, the group of activist hackers, claimed to have crashed the Justice Department website on Thursday in retaliation for prosecutors shutting down the popular file-sharing site "The government takes down Megaupload? 15 minutes later Anonymous takes down government & record label sites," the group wrote on its Twitter account. A Justice Department spokesman did not confirm whether the agency had suffered a cyber attack, but was not loading as of Thursday afternoon.
  • Glenn Beck Explains PIPA and SOPA

    01/19/2012 5:13:08 PM PST · by ak267 · 2 replies
    GBTV ^ | 1-19-2012 | Glenn Beck
    Glenn Beck discusses the Big Brother aspects of PIPA and SOPA.
  • Left and Right Unite Against Hollywood's Failed SOPA Overreach

    01/19/2012 6:45:49 AM PST · by transducer · 12 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | January 18, 2012 | Larry O'Connor
    The Google logo has been blacked out today. Wikipedia, reddit, Mozilla and Twitpic are all blocking access to content. Even Star Trek icon George Takei has blocked his site. The moves are displays of cyber-protest against the heavy-handed and ill-conceived Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). From a political and public relations standpoint, this has already been a complete and utter failure for Hollywood and their formerly formidable lobbying arm, the Motion Picture Association of America. Former Sen. Chris Dodd became the new CEO of the MPAA after he realized he would never be re-elected in his home state of Connecticut...
  • Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)

    01/19/2012 1:02:21 AM PST · by Sprite518 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/18/2012 | Clay Shirky
    What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.
  • SOPA Proves: Hollywood Hates Your Freedom

    01/19/2012 12:39:19 AM PST · by Bobalu · 23 replies · 1+ views
    technologyreview ^ | 01/18/2012 | Christopher Mims
    Hollywood would use SOPA to make it possible for anyone to single-handedly take down any site on the Internet, without the action of a court, just because anyone with access to that site (say, a commenter) used it to link to copyrighted content. What does Hollywood think? That if they win this level of power, the Internet will stop happening in the rest of the world? ................... To paraphrase our last president, Hollywood hates your freedom. There, I said it. Hollywood is the Al Qaeda of content. It clings to an antediluvian notion of how media should be created and...
  • SOPA, PIPA Threaten Free Speech, First Amendment

    01/18/2012 5:22:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 17, 2012 | Editorial Staff
    Free Speech: In the name of stopping online piracy of copyrighted material, some propose giving the federal government power to shut down websites without due process and control the greatest mode of free speech ever invented. Call them "sons of net neutrality," for while the Software Online Piracy Act (SOPA) working its way through the House of Representatives and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), are shrouded in seemingly worthy goals, they would grant government power it should not have and arguably pose a threat to our First Amendment rights. Online piracy is a real problem, and the...
  • *VANITY* What's up with Google dot com?

    01/18/2012 5:33:14 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 54 replies
    01-18-12 | Me
    If there's already a previous thread on this, I apologize. My question....what is up with Google dot com? What's with that big black square covering their logo on their search site? Am I missing something here?
  • Blackout

    01/18/2012 3:22:00 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
    Unknown ^ | 1/18/2012 | Unaurthorized
  • Let's Stop the SOPA Internet Censorship Bill

    01/18/2012 3:13:57 PM PST · by Steve_in_AZ · 13 replies
    The John Birch Society ^ | November 23, 2011 | Ann Shibler
    There certainly hasn’t been any lack of attempts by the U.S. government — elected Representatives and Senators, and White House — to try to regulate/control the Internet in this session of Congress. It seems a new cybersecurity bill pops up at least once a week. The latest one catching all the attention is the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), H.R. 3261. SOPA is a beefed-up version of the failed Protect IP Act.... David Ulevich, an expert in Internet security calls the legislation “dangerous” for three reasons: 1) “there is no way to censor only illegal content without harming legitimate uses...
  • Five key senators abandon online piracy bills amid Web protests

    01/18/2012 3:08:55 PM PST · by abb · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2012 | Brendan Sasso and Gautham Nagesh
    Congressional support for controversial online piracy legislation eroded dramatically on Wednesday in the face of an unprecedented online protest supported by tech titans such as Google, Wikipedia and Facebook. Several key senators withdrew their support from the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA), including Tea Party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), an elected member of his party's leadership. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who leads the Senate GOP's campaign team, said the legislation should be put on hold, while Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a sponsor and the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, retreated from the...
  • Sign petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

    01/18/2012 1:12:38 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 12 replies ^ | January | Google
    Tell Congress: Don’t censor the Web Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs. Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
  • You can still read Wikipedia today

    01/18/2012 10:08:26 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 12 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | Jan 18, 2012 | Wikipedia
    The community has asked us to preserve emergency access options. The following methods will remain available to access content: Disabling JavaScript in your browser Using bookmarklets or other tools to unhide the content Visiting the mobile site at Accessing site content via the API Appending ?banner=none to the end of page URLs.
  • Internet Blackout Begins in Protest of SOPA and PIPA (Wikipedia, Craigslist Shut down websites)

    01/18/2012 8:09:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    Hazelwood Patch ^ | 01/18/2012 | By Candace Jarrett
    Don't worry, your Internet isn't running slow. Some of your favorite websites like Craigslist and Wikipedia have gone black for the next 24 hours in protest of anti-piracy legislation. If you have been trying to find the most correct answer on Wikipedia's English site about who won the Oscar for "Best Leading Lady" at the 1980 Academy Award this morning, nine times out of 10 you have realized the site isn't currently working. How about how many Harry S. Truman parks there are in the United States? Looking for an apartment for rent in the City of Hazelwood on Craigslist...
  • On day of national protest, Rubio drops support for Internet piracy bill

    01/18/2012 7:51:59 AM PST · by Happy Valley Dude · 27 replies
    Sen. Marco Rubio said this morning that he is dropping support for a controversial Internet piracy bill, contending it is being rushed through the legislative process and could have "unintended consequences." His retreat comes on the day of a national protest (see above). Rubio wrote on Facebook: "In recent weeks, we’ve heard from many Floridians about the anti-Internet piracy bills making their way through Congress. On the Senate side, I have been a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act because I believe it’s important to protect American ingenuity, ideas and jobs from being stolen through Internet piracy, much of it...
  • It's Baaaaaaaaack: Lamar Smith Says SOPA Markup To Resume In February

    01/17/2012 2:04:11 PM PST · by transducer · 67 replies
    TechDirt ^ | January 17, 2012 | Mike Masnick
    For all the talk from some that SOPA was "dead," it appears it's alive and well and getting ready for its big re-entrance. Lamar Smith has just sent out a press release saying that he intends to resume the markup in February...
  • Wikipedia Blackout: Websites Wikipedia, Reddit, Others Go Dark Wednesday to Protest SOPA, PIPA

    01/17/2012 3:52:06 AM PST · by abb · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 17, 2012 | Ned Potter
    Do not try to look up "Internet Censorship" or "SOPA" or "PIPA" on Wikipedia, the giant online encyclopedia, on Wednesday. SOPA and PIPA are two bills in Congress meant to stop the illegal copying and sharing of movies and music on the Internet, but major Internet companies say the bills would put them in the impossible position of policing the online world. Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, now says his site will go dark for the day on Wednesday, joining a budding movement to protest the two bills. Google vs. China Watch Video Craigslist Censored? Watch Video China Hackers Stealing U.S....
  • US Crackdown On Web Piracy 'Shelved'

    01/16/2012 2:45:18 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    US Crackdown On Web Piracy 'Shelved' 9:28pm UK, Monday January 16, 2012 US plans to legislate against internet piracy appear to have been effectively shelved after Barack Obama came out against it and Congressional leaders reportedly said a vote would not be held "unless there is consensus". The bill, popularly known as the 'Stop Online Privacy Act' or Sopa, had been hotly opposed by tech giants such as Google and Facebook. User-generated website Reddit had vowed to carry out a blackout on January 18 in protest against the bill, with Wikipedia possibly following suit. Today, California congressman Darrell Issa, who...
  • WHITE HOUSE TO POLICE INTERNET: Holder Set to Take Control January 24, 2012

    01/16/2012 12:55:55 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 22 replies ^ | 01/16/2012 |
    It’s like a political blindside to the American voter. Somehow, with virtually no coverage in the press, the White House has managed to close in on the unthinkable… bending online piracy laws to give the Department of Justice abusive power over the Internet. Sound farfetched? Constitutionalist attorney Gary Kreep, President of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF), not only has a firm grasp on the legislation that would grant this authority, but he also has inside sources informing him that the Senate is scheduled to make this potential nightmare a reality when they pass S. 968 into law on January...
  • DNS provision pulled from SOPA, victory for opponents

    01/13/2012 3:55:36 PM PST · by Smogger · 42 replies
    CNET News ^ | January 13, 2012 1:27 PM PST | DNS provision pulled from SOPA, victory for opponents
    In a move the technology sector will surely see as a victory, a controversial antipiracy bill being debated in Congress will no longer include a provision that would require ISPs to block access to overseas Web sites accused of piracy. Rep. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), one of the biggest backers of the Stop Online Piracy Act, today said he plans to remove the Domain Name System or DNS-blocking provision. "After consultation with industry groups across the country," Smith said in a statement released by his office, "I feel we should remove DNS-blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that...
  • ‘Rogue’ Attorney General Spreads MPAA-Fed SOPA Propaganda

    01/10/2012 2:44:12 PM PST · by Smogger · 1 replies
    TorrentFreak ^ | 1/10/201 | Ernesto
    It is no secret that the MPAA and other pro-copyright groups lobby politicians and law enforcers, but when a column by a prominent Attorney General appears to be written directly by the entertainment industries something is horribly wrong. A few days ago Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff wrote an article in the Salt Lake City Tribune. In the column the Attorney General stresses how important it is for Congress to pass the SOPA and PIPA bills. The MPAA is delighted with the support and praised it in a blog post yesterday. “Shurtleff effectively hammers the point that Google, Yahoo and...
  • Rick Santorum Answers Question On SOPA: ‘There Are Limits To Freedom On The Internet’

    01/09/2012 10:12:29 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 79 replies ^ | 01/08/2012 | Josh Feldman
    In the midst of all this talk of jobs and wars and families, one of the issues the Republican presidential candidates have not addressed that much is the internet. Specifically, their positions on regulating the internet. Over the weekend, Rick Santorum was asked by a New Hampshire resident during a campaign stop if he supported or opposed the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which would give the government more authority to regulate the internet and crack down harder on piracy. Considering how much the Republican party of late has been concerned with government overreach, Santorum has been a surprisingly strong...
  • How SOPA 2.0 Sneaks In A Really Dangerous Private Ability To Kill Any Website (including FR)

    12/28/2011 4:37:01 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 21 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/16/2011 | Mike Masnick
    I already wrote a big post about yesterday's SOPA markup day one. While we're moving forward on day two, I wanted to call out one key point that was really made clear by an amendment offered by Rep. Jared Polis late in the day yesterday, which hasn't received nearly enough attention. As you may recall, with the "manager's amendment" version of SOPA (i.e., SOPA 2.0), the "notice-and-shut off funding" section of the private right of action in Section 103 was removed. This was good, because we've seen how the notice-and-takedown provision of the DMCA has been widely abused. However, what...
  • Erick Erickson Promises To Work Hard To Defeat Any Rightwing SOPA Supporters In Congress

    12/25/2011 10:59:15 AM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 57 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/23/2011 | Mike Masnick
    Prominent Rightwing Blogger Promises To Work Hard To Defeat Any Rightwing SOPA Supporters In Congress from the good-for-him,-how-about-the-left? dept One of the more interesting things about the whole SOPA/PIPA debate (and, as I've pointed out for many years, about any of the intellectual property policy fights) is how non-partisan they are. In fact, I think it's important that they're non-partisan, because when things become partisan, they become... well... silly (on both sides). SOPA/PIPA supporters keep touting how their bills have "bi-partisan" support, but I'd argue what's much more powerful is how the growing movement protesting these bills is almost entirely...
  • Reject the PROTECT IP Act

    06/30/2011 6:16:35 PM PDT · by thefinalcrusade · 8 replies
    EFF ^ | June 2011 | Unknown
    The PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) is a threatening sequel to last year's COICA Internet censorship bill that would—like its predecessor—invite Internet security risks, threaten online speech, and hamper Internet innovation. Urge your members of Congress to reject this dangerous bill! Big media and its allies in Congress are billing the PROTECT IP Act as a new way to prevent online infringement. But innovation and free speech advocates know that PIPA is nothing more than a dangerous wish list that will compromise Internet security while doing little or nothing to encourage creative expression.
  • Poll Finds Americans Want Action Against Climate Change, Even if It Costs (PIPA poll)

    07/05/2005 4:03:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 840+ views on Yahoo ^ | 7/5/05 | Abid Aslam
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Jul 5 (OneWorld) - A vast majority of Americans disagree with President George W. Bush's stance on global warming, a new poll said Tuesday amid reports of a widening rift over climate change between the United States and its partners in the Group of Eight (G8) dominant countries. ''Going into the G8 Summit, nearly all Americans feel that the U.S. should not be a laggard, but should be ready to do as much as most other developed countries to reduce emissions that cause climate change,'' said Steven Kull, director of the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy...
  • We report, you get it wrong

    10/06/2003 2:08:23 PM PDT · by leather_strap · 44 replies · 1,071+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 2003/10/04 | Jim Lobe
    We report, you get it wrong By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON - The more commercial television news you watch, the more wrong you are likely to be about key elements of the Iraq War and its aftermath, according to a major new study released in Washington on Thursday. And the more you watch the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News channel, in particular, the more likely it is that your perceptions about the war are wrong, adds the report by the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA). Based on several nationwide surveys it conducted with California-based Knowledge Networks since June,...
  • Study hits war views held by Fox fans (moronic study alert)

    10/08/2003 6:10:40 AM PDT · by mhking · 86 replies · 812+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 10.4.03 | David Folkenflik
    Heavy viewers of the Fox News Channel are nearly four times as likely to hold demonstrably untrue positions about the war in Iraq as media consumers who rely on National Public Radio or the Public Broadcasting System, according to a study released this week by a research center affiliated with the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs. "When evidence surfaces that a significant portion of the public has just got a hole in the picture ... this is a potential problem in the way democracy functions," says Clay Ramsay, research director for the Washington-based Program on International Policy Attitudes,...