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  • Chinese Commercial Advertises Detergent Strong Enough to Wash Off Black Skin

    05/29/2016 12:21:02 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 53 replies
    A new television commercial has been called “jaw-droppingly racist” for advertising laundry detergent seemingly strong enough to turn a black man Asian. The ad — from China-based laundry detergent company Qiaobi — shows a black man flirting with a seemingly interested Asian woman. The women lures the man closer to a washing machine. She shoves a ball of washing detergent in his mouth before shoving his body into the washing machine. Moments later, the black man emerges from the water as an Asian man.
  • Internet Slowdown day arrives, but some big companies aren’t participating

    09/10/2014 7:30:56 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 6 replies
    Gigaom ^ | September 10, 2014 | Jeff John Roberts
    Today is the day that Netflix, Reddit and others are taking part in “internet slowdown day” to protest the FCC’s proposal to create special “fast lanes” on the internet. To draw attention to the issue, many participants are displaying “spinning wheel” icons, such as the one appearing on site Etsy on Wednesday:The Etsy website, and those of others involved in the protest, are not loading any differently than usual, but are displaying the spinning wheel to invoke the frustration of slow internet speeds. The participants hope the gesture will spur users to voice their displeasure to the FCC about the...
  • Internet activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide

    01/12/2013 9:55:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    CNET ^ | January 12, 2013 | Charles Cooper
    Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday. The news was first reported by the MIT newspaper The Tech, citing both his uncle and his attorney. Swartz was 26.
  • SOPA the computer virus terrorizes file-sharers

    10/12/2012 2:28:36 PM PDT · by rocksandbroncs · 6 replies
    RT ^ | 12 October, 2012, 20:37 | Staff
    Security experts are cautioning computer users that they could be targeted by a malicious SOPA “ransomware” virus that rekindles the witch-hunt targeting information sharing introduced last year by congressional lawmakers. Hackers have brought the failed Stop Online Piracy Act back to center stage, this time by distributing a virus that demands the owners of infected computers pay a $200 fine for sharing copyrighted files, lest they want their hard drives destroyed.
  • 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...
  • MPAA boss: 'SOPA isn’t dead yet'

    04/09/2012 11:23:42 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | 6 April 2012 | Iain Thomson
    Former senator and current head of the Motion Picture Ass. of America Chris Dodd hopes to resurrect the reviled SOPA anti-piracy legislation in another form, but it appears the US House of Representatives is beating him to it a new bill that makes SOPA look sensible. Dodd, speaking in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, said that he hopes to get a new version of the SOPA legislation ready for debate shortly, and that the MPAA was marshaling its forces for another attack on piracy. Dodd said he was confident that the new legislation would go through, and said there...
  • Unconfirmed: "Anonymous" to Try to Shut Down Entire Internet on Saturday

    03/29/2012 1:50:56 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 58 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/29/12 | Aurelius
    The computer hacking group Anonymous has promised to shut down the Internet in its entirety this Saturday, March 31st, according to a post on "pastebin" which has since gotten 165,000 views. The piece states that Anonymous will be attempting this in order to protest "SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun." The post, which was then uploaded to Reddit, promises an attack on 13 root DNS servers. Anyone trying to access a website, it promises, will get an error message. The group, however,...
  • 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...
  • JotForm domain released by Secret Service, won’t say why it was seized (No notice, no explanation)

    02/17/2012 11:34:42 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 30 replies ^ | February 17, 2012 | Matthew Humphries
    Late on February 15, JotForm lost access to The company soon discovered the U.S. government had seized the domain by lodging a request with the site’s domain registrar GoDaddy. Soon after, it had been taken down. Aytekin Tank, co-founder of Interlogy Internet Technologies, and owner of JotForm, later confirmed that he’d been in contact with the agent assigned to his case at the Secret Service. She was busy and couldn’t look at the site for a few days. So millions of web forms and thousands of customers were left without a service and no reason as to why this...
  • Index Cards

    02/11/2012 8:20:16 AM PST · by Happy Rain · 1 replies
    Happy Rain
    While the left hand of the Marxist Soros puppet Obama is prestidigitating outrages against our US Constitution the right hand is taking notes.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Y Combinator To Startups: Kill Hollywood

    01/27/2012 7:29:55 AM PST · by Milhous · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/20/2012 | Tomio Geron
    In the midst of the battle over SOPA and online piracy, incubator Y Combinator is looking to fund startups that “Kill Hollywood.” In a “request for startups” to apply for funding, Y Combinator argues that Hollywood has peaked and is facing its own demise. It’s also run by people who are “so mean and so politically connected that they could do a lot of damage to civil liberties and the world economy on the way down. It would therefore be a good thing if competitors hastened their demise,” the statement says. Mountain View, Calif.-based Y Combinator, which has backed prominent...
  • Twitter to selectively 'censor' tweets by country

    01/26/2012 11:42:33 PM PST · by EnglishCon · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/27/12 | BBC News
    Twitter has announced that it now has the technology to selectively block tweets on a country by country basis. In its blog, Twitter said it could "reactively withhold content from users in a specific country". But it said the removed content would be available to the rest of the world. Previously when Twitter deleted a tweet, it would disappear worldwide. --- In its blog post, Twitter explained that its international growth meant entering countries "that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression", citing France or Germany which ban pro-Nazi content as examples.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

    01/23/2012 11:43:58 AM PST · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 17 replies
    self/megaupload ^ | 2012-01-23 | UBSOTOS
  • 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...
  • Internet's Dr Evil sprang electronic locks in his 'Bond villain lair' and retreated to safe room

    01/22/2012 5:45:49 PM PST · by UnwashedPeasant · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Anthony Bond
    Full title: Internet's Dr Evil sprang electronic locks in his 'Bond villain lair' and retreated to safe room as police swooped. ( It sounds like something more reminiscent of a James Bond film than real life. When police officers attempted to arrest the man accused of being one of the world's biggest internet pirates at his multi-million pound mansion, things were a bit trickier than they might have expected. Instead of giving himself up easily, Kim Dotcom refused to let the police in, activated a number of locking mechanisms in his sprawling home and then hid in a safe room....
  • What is wrong with SOPA

    01/22/2012 5:05:23 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 11 replies
    What is wrong with SOPA ^ | 1/22/2012 As far as I know | Unknown
  • 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...
  • The TRUE reason why Megaupload was shut down

    "According to Digital Music News, Megaupload's new venture, MegaBox, is a "cloud-based music locker, download store, and do-it-yourself artist service." So far, partners of MegaBox include 7digital, Gracenote, Rovi and Amazon, the world's largest online retailer. Megaupload founder Kim Schmitz said Universal "knows that we are going to compete with them via our own music venture called, a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings." 90% for the artists - That would have had an impact on the greedy Universal Music and other Record...
  • 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...
  • NZ Police Raid File-Sharing Site Founder's Mansion

    01/20/2012 1:13:24 PM PST · by Wolfie · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/20/2012
    NZ Police Raid File-Sharing Site Founder's Mansion New Zealand police raided several homes and businesses linked to the founder of, a giant Internet file-sharing site shut down by U.S. authorities, on Friday and seized guns, millions of dollars, and nearly $5 million in luxury cars, officials said. Police arrested founder Kim Dotcom and three Megaupload employees on U.S. accusations that they facilitated millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content costing copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue. Extradition proceedings against them could last a year or more. With 150 million registered users, about 50...
  • FBI Lets Megaupload's U.S. Superstar Musician CEO Swiss Beatz go Free (Chicago connection?)

    01/20/2012 12:01:35 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | - January 20, 2012 10:10 AM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    The stink of differential justice is yet again smelled surrounding a massive "anti-piracy" effort There are a number of things curious about the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations and U.S. Department of Justice's haphazard takedown of the popular content storage site Megaupload among them: + If the site was truly involved in $500M USD in copyright threat, what took the FBI so long to act?  The site has been live for seven years now and used by millions of Americans. + How is Megaupload fundamentally any different than Google Inc.'s (GOOG) YouTube?  Like YouTube users upload content which the site cannot control.  Megauploads...
  • 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!
  • US government hits Megaupload with mega piracy indictment

    01/19/2012 10:04:17 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Guardian home ^ | 1/19/2012 | Matt Williams
    Seven executives charged as filesharing site shut down over accusations they cheated copyright holders out of $500m
  • 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...
  • Popular file-sharing website Megaupload shut down

    One of the world's most popular file-sharing sites was shuttered Thursday, and its founder and several company officials were accused of facilitating millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content.
  • 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.
  • Feds say 7 from ran massive worldwide piracy website

    01/19/2012 1:58:07 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 19, 2012 | Unattributed
    McLEAN, Va. –  Federal prosecutors have shut down one of the world's largest file-sharing sites,, on charges of violating piracy laws -- a day after a 24-hour blackout of popular websites such as Wikipedia drew national attention to the issue. "This action is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States," the Justice department said in a statement about the indictment. The indictment accuses seven individuals and two corporations -- Megaupload Limited and Vestor Limited -- of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. It was...
  • 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...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Moguls Stopping Obama Donations Because Of President’s Piracy Stand

    01/19/2012 4:13:57 AM PST · by Biggirl · 10 replies ^ | January 19, 2012 | Nikki Finke
    EXCLUSIVE: Internet sites on their SOPA-Strike may be conducting a blackout but Hollywood studios are conducting a boycott. I’ve learned that Hollywood studio chiefs individually and as a group are drawing a line in the sand on the piracy issue with the Obama re-election campaign and refusing to give any more donations. The blowup came after President Obama on Saturday dashed moguls’ hopes that he would remain on the sidelines in the dispute over the U.S. House Of Representatives’ Stop Online Piracy Act and the U.S. Senate’s Protect IP Act. In a posting on the White House web site, three...
  • 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?
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    01/18/2012 3:22:00 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
    Unknown ^ | 1/18/2012 | Unaurthorized