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Advocates of a free and open Internet are celebrating a major victory. Tuesday was supposed to be the day the Senate was to hold a cloture vote on controversial legislation to curb online piracy, but last week’s massive Internet protests prompted lawmakers to rethink their plans. At least 75,000 websites, including online heavyweights such as Wikipedia, Reddit and MoveOn.org, went dark for 24 hours on Jan. 18 to call attention to the censorship threat posed by the Senate’s Protect IP Act PIPA and the House of Representatives’ own version of the bill, called the Stop Online Piracy Act. Google, the most popular search engine in the world, stayed active but covered its logo with a black box and added the message “Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the Web!” Clicking on the message link then took users to a page where they could read about the company’s concerns regarding the legislation — and where they could also sign an online petition, if they so chose.
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At one point a few days ago it looked as if the House and Senate were going to put stringent new limits on the freedom of the Internet. The decision to stop their rush to judgment was a big win for all Americans. The House Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) were rightly designed to stop counterfeiting and piracy on the Internet. But any experienced legislator will tell you that a vote for a new bill is always accompanied by worry about unintended consequences.
Wow. We've noted that the folks who got revved up around SOPA weren't just focused on that one bill, but have remained active and interested in related issues -- with ACTA being an important one, especially given the effort by the government in Poland to sign on. Following on the big anti-SOPA protests, it seems that a bunch of folks in Warsaw decided to take to the streets in protest of ACTA... and it looks like an awful lot of people showed up , despite this being about a copyright trade agreement and the fact that it was below freezing temperatures outside. There are some photos on the site linked above that show a very large group gathering.
SOPA and You - The Internet Should Be Free As if you were going to be surprised on which side I came down on this one. Even if I get a paycheck from a Hollywood studio, I just can't fathom any reason why we should take steps towards a world like China and block, limit or restrict where and what people see on the internet in America.
Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 01/18/2012 Jan 18, 2012 05:39 PM EST TheWashingtonPost House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) acknowledged Wednesday that there’s a lack of agreement among lawmakers on how to progress on the Stop Online Piracy Act , one of two recent anti-piracy bills that have spurred online companies such as Wikipedia and others to black out their Web sites in protest. “Listen, this bill is in committee,” Boehner told reporters at the Capitol Wednesday morning. “They’ve had a number of hearings.
I am not, nor do I aspire to be a political person. But Congress is attempting to do some scary things to our Internet, and your voice needs to be heard. There has been a lot of talk online about SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the Protect IP Act), and how bad they are for the World Wide Web. It's time I added my voice to that discussion, and I encourage you to do the same.
At this point, SOPA needs no introduction . But if you've been diligently ignoring it up until this point, good luck getting through January 18th as an uninformed citizen. Google, Wikipedia and a host of other websites are either going dark or making huge, unmistakable statements on their homepages in protest. Google's tagline? "End Piracy, Not Liberty." Pretty much says it all, really.
Venerated PC gaming site Rock, Paper, Shotgun has announced that it will be joining the anti-SOPA blackout tomorrow, taking its site down at 9:00 am GMT . From 9am tomorrow morning, Rock, Paper, Shotgun will be blacked out in protest against SOPA and PIPA . The site will be gone, but for a single black page explaining why we're doing this. And then Thursday morning we'll be back. Of particular note is the fact that RPS is a UK-based site, but one that recognizes that the threat SOPA and PIPA pose to the internet as we know it expands past national boundaries, much like the internet itself, a fact that seems lost on the legislators behind it.