The music downloading phenomenon has spread throughout the world. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is extremely concerned about illegal downloading from the internet. The RIAA believes that decreasing CD sales are caused directly by illegal downloading.
Wikipedia was just one of many popular websites that went dark yesterday, in an unprecedented protest against controversial anti-piracy legislation that threatens the open internet — and reporters are scrambling to understand the debate in familiar terms: Is it right vs. left? Silicon Valley vs. Hollywood?
19 January 2012 Last updated at 07:42 ET By Dave Lee Technology reporter Wikipedia's blacked-out message of yesterday's protest was replaced with a white "thank you" After a 24-hour blackout, Wikipedia has returned to full working order but declared: "We're not done yet."
18 January 2012 Last updated at 03:12 ET Wikipedia has taken its English-language site offline as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the US. Users attempting to access the site see a black screen and a political statement: "Imagine a world without free knowledge."
News January 18, 2012 02:52 PM ET Computerworld - Beleaguered supporters of two online antipiracy bills today downplayed widespread protests against the legislation and insisted the opposition is misguided and misinformed.
Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America and former U.S. Senator, made a few comments recently that have made him extremely unpopular in the Web world. Christopher Dodd
But what are SOPA and PIPA, exactly, and why are tech luminaries lambasting legislation aimed at stamping out copyright infringement? Read on for a full explanation.
The Hollywood connection between Democrats and SOPA By Rachel Alexander web posted January 30, 2012 Congress is supposed to represent the interests of everyone.
Statement from Chairman Smith on Senate Delay of Vote on PROTECT IP Act
OPEN Act Increases Bureaucracy, Won’t Stop IP Theft Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement on the Wyden-Issa OPEN Act. Chairman Smith: “Illegal counterfeiting and intellectual property theft costs the U.S. economy $100 billion and thousands of jobs every year.
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I decided to put my slightly-dormant internet policy research skillz to work to figure this out.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) are two bills that sound like they have a mildly positive aim but, in reality, have serious potential to negatively change the internet as we know it.
The Stop Online Piracy Act ( SOPA ) is a United States bill introduced by U.S.
The PROTECT IP Act ( Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act , or PIPA ) is a proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to "rogue websites dedicated to the sale of infringing or counterfeit goods", especially those registered outside the U.S. [ 1 ] The bill was introduced on May 12, 2011, by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [ 2 ] and 11 bipartisan co-sponsors. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that implementation of the bill would cost the federal government $47 million through 2016, to cover enforcement costs and the hiring and training of 22 new special agents and 26 support staff. [ 3 ] The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill, but Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) placed a hold on it. [ 4 ] The PROTECT IP Act is a re-write of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), [ 5 ] which failed to pass in 2010.