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  • 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...