SOPA and PIPA 2012
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has made a rare political intervention to call on Theresa May to stop the extradition of British student Richard O’Dwyer to the US for alleged copyright offences.
Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer Activist Post Internet service providers (ISPs) across the United States are set to voluntarily begin a digital surveillance operation so large that nothing can even come close in the history of espionage.
As Lamar Smith continues to live in his fantasy world that there's no real opposition to SOPA, more and more groups keep coming out against it.
We have become quite accustomed to Paypal arbitrarily deciding to shut down the payment services for a website with no warning and little recourse.
A friend of mine points me to this incredible New York Times article in which publishers lay out the fact that they are fundamentally opposed to public libraries, detailing their struggles as they take up arms against these nefarious institutions promoting such injustices as culture, literacy and the greater public good. Ms.
Believe it or not, to legally watch that famous Martin Luther King "I Have a Dream" speech -- arguably one of the most hallowed moments in American history -- costs $10 thanks to the twisted state of United States copyright law.
As you have probably heard, there are two pieces of legislation currently pending that we, and others like us, believe seriously threaten the internet.
SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, has been prominent in certain parts of the news of late. Introduced in the USA House Of Representatives back in October, it attempts to curb the actions of internet pirates by, it seems, curbing the actions of pretty much everyone. Or that’s what its critics would have you believe.
Some good news on the SOPA front: its corporate base of supporters is starting to crumble. One of the few Internet-based organizations to support SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act (referred to by supporters as the Internet censorship bill), was GoDaddy.com, the domain name registration site that manages over 51 million domain names across the Web. When the coalition opposed to SOPA found out about this, they kicked off a grassroots campaign to pressure GoDaddy, mainly by telling people who have registered domain names with them to find another vendor.
So we were just discussing how a bunch of companies who were listed by the US Chamber of Commerce as SOPA/PIPA supporters are demanding to be taken off the list , noting that, while they had agreed to a generic statement about fighting the sale of counterfeit goods, they don't support crazy broad legislation like SOPA/PIPA. It seems that others listed as "supporting" SOPA are scrambling to get off the list as well. The Judiciary Committee's official list had included a bunch of big name law firms as being in support of the law as well -- which is a little strange, since law firms usually don't take official positions on things like this.
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SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, is running into increasing resistance as more corporations denounce support for the legislation. SOPA was touted first and foremost as a way to end the online piracy which occurs daily, but it appears to have overstepped its intention and become a focal point of agreement for members of both political extremes. The unusual agreement between both the Conservative blogosphere and Liberal blogosphere against SOPA has been worthy of noticing for some in the corporate business.
One of the things we've noticed in the debate over SOPA and PIPA is just how the other side is really lying with statistics. We've done a thorough debunking of the stats used by the US Chamber of Commerce to support both bills, as well as highlighted the misleading-to-bogus stats used by Lamar Smith in his support of the bill. But every day, more bogus stats are rolled out.
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:
Link-sharing Website Reddit forced Congressman Paul Ryan to defend his position on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act Thursday after the Internet hive-mind pledged its support for his opponent, Democrat Rob Zerban, a harsh critic of the anti-piracy legislation.