SOPA supporters list updated, GoDaddy not included Last week, the US Congress House Judiciary Committee released their list of companies who support the Stop Online Piracy Act. Until that point we had a growing list of companies like Twitter, Reddit, Kaspersky, Mozilla, Wikipedia and Google who gave their opinion as to the problems SOPA would present to the Internet, but no clear idea of who was actually supporting it. One company though drew the ire of the Internet community for their support, domain registrar and web host, GoDaddy. Thanks to an online boycott, which has led to the departure of nearly 30,000 domains per day, GoDaddy has since reversed their position on the bill. But the reversal has not stopped people from moving their domains to other providers. Many have seen GoDaddy's reversed position as just paying lip service to the Internet community backlash, but either way, they are now officially no longer listed as a supporter in the records of the US Congress.
DNS provision pulled from SOPA, victory for opponents | Media Maverick In a move the technology sector will surely see as a victory, a controversial antipiracy bill being debated in Congress will no longer include a provision that would require Internet service providers to block access to overseas Web sites accused of piracy. Rep. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), one of the biggest backers of the Stop Online Piracy Act, today said he plans to remove the Domain Name System requirements from the Stop Online Piracy Act . "After consultation with industry groups across the country," Smith said in a statement released by his office, "I feel we should remove DNS-blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the [U.S. "We will continue to look for ways," Smith continued, "to ensure that foreign Web sites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to U.S. consumers." Smith's decision comes a day after Sen. Both bills are heavily supported by a wide group of copyright owners, including the big record companies and Hollywood film studios. Update 2:40 p.m.
SOPA: Hollywood's latest effort to turn back time | Politics and Law commentary The introduction late last week by members of the House Judiciary Committee of the "Stop Online Piracy Act," or SOPA, may test a long-standing reluctance by technology companies to take up arms in the legislative battleground. The bill, introduced as the House version of the Senate's Protect IP Act, solves few of the glaring problems of the Senate bill and introduces many all its own. While Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) may have given in to hyperbole in calling SOPA "the end of the Internet as we know it," there is certainly a great deal in the bill that should concern even law-abiding consumers and leaders in the tech community. Has Washington finally gone too far? Critics of Protect IP pointed out that most of its provisions would only harm innocent foreign Web sites, since truly rogue Web sites could easily engineer around all of its provisions. The result is not a better piece of legislation. SOPA's "market based" provisions are not limited to foreign Web sites.
Woman “imprisoned” on Scientology cruise ship for 12 years | The Sideshow The Church of Scientology's flagship vessel, "Freewinds" UPDATE # 2: Yahoo News has received a statement from the Church of Scientology, refuting the ABC News and Village Voice reports. The Church of Scientology statement is included at the bottom of this post. UPDATE: The Village Voice has an extended interview with Valeska Paris, which you can read here. For most people, an extended stay aboard a luxury cruise liner sounds like a dream vacation. But Valeska Paris says she was held against her will aboard the Scientology cruise ship "Freewinds" for more than a decade. In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC News) Lateline program, Paris claims that Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige sent her to the ship when she was 18 in order to prevent her family from pulling her out of the organization. "I was basically hauled in and told that my mum had attacked the church and that I needed to disconnect from her because she was suppressive," she said.
PIPA is the new SOPA The Pirate Bay is often cited as one of the original 'rogue sites' It looks like the hashtags are paying off. As the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in December, the powers of the internet—the web companies who innovate, the users who populate it—joined together to defend the idea of a free and open ’net. But bills often come in pairs, and SOPA’s twin in the U.S. Understandably, the entertainment industry is sick of watching its films, records and software stolen by large-scale online file-sharing operations based overseas, also known as “rogue sites.” The measures won’t stop copyright infringement. Experts and Internet engineers, who were conspicuously not invited to testify before the House committee, have issued warnings that SOPA could undermine the global domain system and create gaping network-security holes. “It took piracy to force the iTunes model to exist,” Randazza says. What do you think?
Downloads fail to fill gap as album sales plummet for sixth year running | Business Take That were among record industry winners in 2010, with the year's bestselling album. Photograph: David Fisher / Rex Features The music industry had another miserable year in 2010,with new figures published today showing that album sales had dropped for the sixth year running. Combined digital and physical sales, chiefly CDs, dropped by 7% overall to 119.9m units. The figures were made available as HMV announced that it was closing 60 UK stores in 12 months after Christmas sales were down 10%. The singles market continued to grow, with sales up 5.9% to 161.8m. The singles market has transformed in recent years, with digital tracks representing 98% of overall singles sales. But there were still some smiling faces in the industry. Its first-week sales of almost 520,000 made it the fastest-selling album in more than a decade. Growing numbers of illegal downloads are continuing to put the industry under strain, Geoff Taylor, the BPI chief executive, said.
Hollywood or Silicon Valley? — Obama faces a difficult choice on SOPA A controversial online piracy bill could force President Obama to choose between two of his most important allies: Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Obama hasn’t taken a position yet on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that has divided senior lawmakers in both parties, but that will have to change if it clears Congress. If Obama signs the bill, he will dash the hopes of Silicon Valley executives who donated heavily to his 2008 campaign and are vehemently opposed to the anti-piracy measure. But the entertainment industry would see a veto as a betrayal by the administration on its most significant priority. SOPA would empower the Justice Department and copyright holders to demand that search engines, Internet providers and payment processors cut off access to sites “dedicated” to copyright infringement. The legislation is aimed at blocking foreign sites such as The Pirate Bay that offer illegal copies of movies, music and television shows with impunity.
Protect IP: The Bill that Threatens the Internet and Our Freedom By David Post One of the obvious dangers of the Internet Age is that we’ll be so distracted by everything going on around us — lots of it interesting, complicated, and even important (not to mention all the stuff that’s idiotic and unimportant and fundamentally uninteresting) — that we will fail to recognize the truly important stuff when it comes along. The IP bills that Congress now has before it — the Senate version of which is known as PROTECT-IP, the House version as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), sometimes known as the “E-Parasite” bill — are deep and profound threats to the Net and to our freedom on the Net. I helped draft a Law Profs Letter in Opposition, and I’ve blogged about it a number of times before, as have others — good places to start if you are unfamiliar with the issue are the EFF site, the CDT site, and Techdirt. Here’s the Internet we get after this becomes law. And it’s a lot worse than even that. Take a careful look at what’s going on here.
Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion 7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast? Watch as global population explodes from 300 million to 7 billion. Sometime Monday, the world will have more humans than ever: 7 billion, according to the U.N. The U.N. estimates that the world's population will pass the 7 billion mark on Monday. Much of that growth has happened in Asia — in India and China. Due in part to that region's extreme poverty, infant mortality rates are high and access to family planning is low. As NPR's Adam Cole reports, it was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. As higher standards of living and better health care are reaching more parts of the world, the rates of fertility — and population growth — have started to slow down, though the population will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. U.N. forecasts suggest the world population could hit a peak of 10.1 billion by 2100 before beginning to decline.
Progress against SOPA When I did my blog post about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) last week, things looked quite grim. The fight isn’t over, but there’s been a lot of great developments in the last few days. If you’re not familiar with SOPA (and the PROTECT IP Act in the Senate), here’s a video that covers the basics: This internet censorship under SOPA editorial by Rebecca MacKinnon also describes why SOPA would be really bad for the internet. I also wanted to take a minute and thank everyone who called or wrote their Congressperson to speak out against SOPA and PROTECT IP. - Republican Representative Darrell Issa and Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi came out against the bill. - On the Senate side, Maria Cantwell, Jerry Moran, and Rand Paul all came out against PROTECT IP. - The European Parliament passed (by a large majority) a resolution criticizing SOPA. - Sandia National Laboratories, a part of the U.S. The response from regular people has been just as incredible. What you can do?
MÜ-YAP Bağlantılı Hak Sahibi Fonogram Yapımcıları Meslek Birliği Rupert Murdoch squares off with Obama over online piracy legislation | Technology The gathering storm over online piracy legislation being debated in the US Congress has sucked two more heavy hitters into the fray, with the Obama administration and Rupert Murdoch lining up on opposite sides of the argument. The controversy over the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) going through the House of Representatives and its Senate equivalent, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa), has intensified. Websites including Reddit and possibly Wikipedia are planning to "go dark" on Wednesday in protest at the proposals, which they say will lead to government censorship of the internet and be disastrous for innovation. On Saturday, the Obama administration made clear that it would not tolerate several of the more controversial aspects of the two bills, particularly the power to interfere with the architecture of the web by tampering with its Domain Name System (DNS). The White House statement was not a simple denunciation of Sopa and Pipa.