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SOPA: Stop Online Piracy Act [Infographic] Consent of the Networked. Part Three of the book is titled “Democracy’s Challenges.”

Consent of the Networked

At the end of Chapter 7, dealing with copyright enforcement and free speech, I conclude: It is a moral imperative for democracies to find new and innovative ways to protect copyright in the Internet age without stifling the ability of citizens around the world to exercise their right to freedom of speech, access information they need to make intelligent voting decisions, and use the Internet and mobile technologies to organize for political change. Don't Break the Internet.

Two bills now pending in Congress—the PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (Protect IP) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House—represent the latest legislative attempts to address a serious global problem: large-scale online copyright and trademark infringement.

Don't Break the Internet

Although the bills differ in certain respects, they share an underlying approach and an enforcement philosophy that pose grave constitutional problems and that could have potentially disastrous consequences for the stability and security of the Internet’s addressing system, for the principle of interconnectivity that has helped drive the Internet’s extraordinary growth, and for free expression. To begin with, the bills represent an unprecedented, legally sanctioned assault on the Internet’s critical technical infrastructure. If you critique SOPA, read the text. If you read the text, read it right. Earlier this week Eriq Gardner speculated in a tweet that less than one tenth of one percent of folks have actually read the SOPA legislation.

If you critique SOPA, read the text. If you read the text, read it right.

I bet he’s right. It’s good to read the statute. Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea) SOPA explained: What it is and why it matters - Jan. 17. SOPA's backers say the sweeping anti-piracy bill is needed to squash sites like The Pirate Bay (left), but the tech industry says the bill is rife with unintended consequences.

SOPA explained: What it is and why it matters - Jan. 17

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The tech industry is abuzz about SOPA and PIPA, a pair of anti-piracy bills. PIPA/SOPA and Why You Should Care. Congress is considering the most talked-about copyright legislation in a decade, known as Protect IP (PIPA) in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy (SOPA) in the House.

PIPA/SOPA and Why You Should Care

Today, Mozilla announced that we’ll join with other sites in a virtual strike to protest PIPA/SOPA. SOPA makes all of us potential criminals if we don’t become the enforcement arm of a new government regulatory and policing structure. SOPA does not target websites serving up unauthorized content. SOPA does not target people accessing those websites. PIPA, SOPA and OPEN Act Quick Reference Guide. The last month or so has seen a flurry of anti-piracy, online infringing, copyright-related bills.

PIPA, SOPA and OPEN Act Quick Reference Guide

The latest newcomer is the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act or OPEN Act ( S. 2029 ). Introduced on December 17, 2011 by Sen. Revised 'Net censorship bill requires search engines to block sites, too. Surprise!

Revised 'Net censorship bill requires search engines to block sites, too

After months in the oven, the soon-to-be-released new version of a major US Internet censorship bill didn't shrink in scope—it got much broader. Under the new proposal, search engines, Internet providers, credit card companies, and ad networks would all have cut off access to foreign "rogue sites"—and such court orders would not be limited to the government. Private rightsholders could go to court and target foreign domains, too. As for sites which simply change their domain name slightly after being targeted, the new bill will let the government and private parties bring quick action against each new variation.

Sopainternet.png (PNG Image, 972x5500 pixels) - Scaled (11. Explainer: understanding Sopa. Life will suck if they censor the internet. Ask CDT: SOPA and PIPA. An Open Education Resources Battle Won. The War Continues. Image from With two whole weeks left to spare in 2011 (procrastinate much?)

An Open Education Resources Battle Won. The War Continues.

, Congress finally finished its deliberations on the FY12 budget. The nearly one trillion dollar appropriations bill is now making its way to the President for his signature. While the maximum Pell grant was maintained, it’s hard to see the continual whittling away of benefits as a victory for students (see Steve Burd’s take on the “thoughtless” approach here). There was, however, a quiet and significant victory for students in the final bill. At first blush, SOPA doesn’t seem to have much to do with education. In the mid and late 90s, technology made it easier to digitize — and illegally share — music. As students, schools, institutions, and governments grapple with quality and cost in education, OER is being looked to as a key part of a solution.

John Palfrey » Blog Archive » SOPA and our 2010 Circumvention Study. Daniel Castro of The Information Technology & Innovation Fund recently published a paper supporting the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) currently being debated in congress.

John Palfrey » Blog Archive » SOPA and our 2010 Circumvention Study

Alexander Howard - Google+ - A Status Update on SOPA from Washington A colleague just… A Status Update on SOPA from Washington.

Alexander Howard - Google+ - A Status Update on SOPA from Washington A colleague just…

How SOPA Creates The Architecture For Much More Widespread Censorship. We've discussed many times how the censorship provisions of SOPA and PIPA require US companies to set up a system that is technically identical to internet censorship systems in countries like China and Iran. This always upsets supporters of these bills, because they prefer to focus solely on what's being censored, with the argument being that as long as the target of the censorship is infringement, rather than, say, political speech, it's okay. Torrentfreak. Despite not owning a computer or even a router, a retired woman has been ordered by a court to pay compensation to a movie company.

SOPA : la loi anti-piratage a du plomb dans l'aile. Dire que le projet de loi anti-piratage SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) est controversé aux États-Unis serait un euphémisme grossier. Le texte, soutenu mordicus par les industries culturelles, est très vivement critiqué par de nombreux observateurs pour les effets considérables qu'il pourrait entraîner sur l'innovation, l'économie numérique et la liberté d'expression sur la toile. L'entrée en vigueur d'un tel texte dans la législation américaine est toutefois encore loin d'être acquise.

En effet, l'examen du projet n'a toujours pas encore débuté. Et pour cause, la commission judiciaire de la Chambre des représentants a repoussé ces jours-ci, et à deux reprises, le début des travaux sur la loi SOPA. PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America. How The Stop Online Piracy Act Could Impact Journalists. Unless you’re wholly entrenched in the daily goings on of Internet and copyright law, SOPA might be one of those things you hadn’t even heard of until this morning, when sites like BoingBoing and Tumblr and GigaOm launched posts explaining and condemning it.

SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill introduced into the House that, according to a New York Times OpEd, “would empower the attorney general to create a blacklist of sites to be blocked by Internet service providers, search engines, payment providers and advertising networks, all without a court hearing or a trial. [SOPA] goes further, allowing private companies to sue service providers for even briefly and unknowingly hosting content that infringes on copyright.” The Dumbest Examples Of Online Copyright Law Enforcement. Nobody likes getting sued, least of all a fledgling online startup trying to squeeze its last cent into marketing and product development.

New 'Firewall' song protests SOPA copyright bill (Q&A) The songwriter behind the 2007 Internet hit " I Got a Crush on Obama " is now taking aim at the Stop Online Piracy Act . Leah Kauffman, a Philadelphia-based singer and songwriter, has released "Firewall" to protest the Hollywood-backed copyright bill, which a House of Representatives committee had been scheduled to debate tomorrow. Earlier today, the committee debate was postponed until 2012.

In addition, Dan Bull, a U.K. singer, has released "SOPA Cabana," a none-too-flattering rap taking aim against SOPA. (SOPA can "ban" you--get it?) Opposition from the two musicians is notable because the Recording Industry Association of America has been one of the leading supporters of SOPA and a Senate version called Protect IP. The RIAA has highlighted opposition from allied groups including the American Federation of Musicians and National Music Publishers Association.

SOPA undermines security while not solving any problems. Over 170,000 people are part of the Sophos community on Facebook. Why not join us on Facebook to find out about the latest security threats. Hi fellow Twitter user! Follow our team of security experts on Twitter for the latest news about internet security threats. Already using Google+? Find us on Google+ for the latest security news. Legal Analysis of SOPA / PROTECT-IP: No, It's Not Censorship.

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