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Political consultant Naomi Wolf speaks at a news conference in New York last month announcing a lawsuit against indefinite detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act. Photograph: viewpress Vp/Demotix/Corbis Freedom for most people is something sacred, and many have been willing to sacrifice their lives for it. It is not just another word, for we measure the health of our democracies by the standard of freedom. We use it to measure our happiness and prosperity. Sadly, freedom of information, expression and speech is being eroded gradually without people paying much attention to it.
The bill would fight counterfeiting and piracy Opponents say it amounts to Internet censorship Poland signed the treaty Thursday (CNN) -- Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Poland over the signing of an international treaty to enforce intellectual property rights on the Internet. Police said more than 10,000 people have taken part in the countrywide protests, which began Wednesday and are set to continue Friday. A group of lawmakers in parliament also protested the signing Thursday in Tokyo by the Polish ambassador to Japan. The legislation must be ratified by the Polish parliament before coming into effect. Protesters held signs and banners reading "No to ACTA."
The internet is packed full of opinion sites all under the heading of freedom of speech. But an Irish judge has landed the first blow against sites with 'patently untrue' information by shutting one down. Judge Michael Peart ordered rate-your-solicitor.com to be closed because it had defamed a Sligo solicitor, Damien Tansey.
New anti-counterfeiting Bill HR3782
So much has been said, wrote, battled about the Stop Online Piracy Act and its twin Protect IP Act. I have curated diverse views on SOPA/PIPA on my Pearltrees. You can click on each pearl to access the link content:
SOPA/PIPA vote suspended
Yesterday, while hundreds of sites (including this one , along with Google, Wikipedia, and Reddit) were going black to protest SOPA and PIPA, the Supreme Court released its own copyright blackout, Golan v. Holder ( PDF ). Justice Ginsburg’s majority opinion held that the First Amendment did not prohibit reclaiming works from the public domain. Justice Breyer, joined by Justice Alito, gave a stirring dissent. Copyright law, he said, must be “designed to encourage new production,” not just redistribute works already created. Re-copyrighting already-written works “does not encourage anyone to produce a single new work.”
Sen. Harry Reid Majority Leader United States Senate 522 Hart Senate Office Bldg Washington, DC 20510 Dear Majority Leader Harry Reid, As human rights and press freedom advocates, we write to express our deep concern about S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), and the threat it poses to international human rights. Like H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), PIPA requires the use of internet censorship tools, undermines the global nature of the internet, and threatens free speech online.
Law Maykers letter to postpone PIPA
curated by curators
getting out of GoodDaddy
Internet blockout 18/01
Hollywood to suspend production on 18/01
SOPA delayed after Obama Admin
Alternative to SOPA and PIPA - Piracy friend
Obama responds to people petitions
Richard O'Dwyer (born 5 May 1988) is a British computer programmer [ 1 ] who created the TVShack.net search engine while a student at Sheffield Hallam University . In May 2011, the U.S. Justice Department sought to extradite him from the UK in relation to the search engine. The site is not alleged to have hosted pirated media, but American authorities say it did index links to media on other sites. [ 2 ] The Southern District Court in New York has charged O'Dwyer with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and criminal infringement of copyright.
Getty Images In a first-of-its-kind case, a judge in the U.K. has ordered that a British student who ran a website that linked to free films and TV shows can be extradited to the United States. Richard O'Dwyer , 23, is accused of running the TVShack website and earning thousands of British pounds in advertising before a crackdown by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
amanda peyton :: slash blog » My Call to Senator Schumer’s Office on PIPA: It’s So Much Worse Than I ThoughtToday I called a Senator’s office for the first time. First, let me say how fantastic it is that when you call the office, a real-live human picks up the phone and can speak to you. There’s no annoying menus, no transfers, no answering machines. Washington, please don’t ever change this. I was calling mostly to find out why the Senator supports (and co-sponsored!) S.968, aka the PROTECT IP Act aka PIPA.
Ben Huh, CEO of the popular Cheezburger Network, tweeted Thursday that the network will be blacking itself out January 18 to protest the two bills Congress is working to pass that would, among other things, encourage domain name filtering against web sites deemed to be dedicated to copyright and trademark infringement. "All Cheezburger sites will also be instituting a blackout on January 18 to protest SOPA and PIPA. Now, go ask Wikipedia to do it" Huh said . The Cheezburger network encompasses the infamous I Can Haz Cheezburger?
Gogle etal backing alternate legislation
Spain SOPA like
SOPA could kill OpenEd
pro SOPA companies
GODADDY support to SOPA
Law Firms getting out of SOPA list
politician and SOPA
kasperky against SOPA
what is SOPA
Web founders against SOPA
ICANN against SOPA
EU And SOPA
facts on SOPA
us opposition to SOPA
Calling all fans of the internet and people who’s business, study and/or art depend greatly on being able to use the internet freely. THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT IS AT RISK! Watch this and act now! Stop Censorship!