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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘PIPA’

SOPA and PIPA Bills Lack Common Sense

Did you know that a majority of new laws passed on our books in this country get passed via the efforts of special interest groups and lobbyists? What does that mean? It means a small majority of people are making their voice heard in order to have their needs or demands met. In very many cases the majority would not …

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Facebook Expresses Relief At SOPA / PIPA Delay

Facebook has expressed their relief this afternoon at the House and Senate decisions to delay action on SOPA and PIPA for the time being. Here is the posting from the page for Facebook’s Washington, D.C. office: Facebook Washington DCWe are relieved that Congress has recognized the serious damage the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) …

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SOPA: Twitter Weighs In On GOP Debate

As we reported earlier, all four candidates in last night’s GOP debate in South Carolina stated their opposition to SOPA. Ron Paul pointed out that he had always been against it and waiting for the others to catch up. Newt said he ‘favors freedom’. Romney agreed. Santorum doesn’t like SOPA, as is, but still thinks that government should regulate the …

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Chris Dodd Talks SOPA/PIPA Shelving

Everybody’s favorite former Senator and MPAA boss, Chris Dodd, must not be in a great mood these days after both SOPA and PIPA have been shelved for further debate. His update to the MPAA blog reflects that subdued anger: We applaud those leaders in Washington who have chosen to stand with the millions of hard working Americans all across this …

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Clay Shirky Discusses The Bad Ideas That Are SOPA and PIPA

It’s apparent that the SOPA/PIPA-inspired Internet blackouts raised the public’s conscious concerning the anti-piracy legislation Washington is trying to push on the very citizens it is supposed to be representing. Granted, a great deal of this awareness came from the fact people couldn’t do their homework because Wikipedia was down, but, whatever it takes. Especially when we’re dealing with something …

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SOPA/PIPA Congressional Support Nosedives, OR The Internet’s Little Victories

Back when we first covered SOPA Opera, the tool created by Dan Nguyen, the distribution of Congressional support and opposition for SOPA and PIPA painted a pretty grim picture. On January 6th, the tracking tool showed 81 members confirmed to support the measures and only 20 confirmed to oppose them. By the time the SOPA Opera tool moved over to …

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“Father Of The Web” Tim Berners-Lee Comes Out Against SOPA / PIPA

The inventor of the World Wide Web has come out against SOPA and PIPA. British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who created the World Wide Web in 1989, called the legislation a violation of human rights and urged Americans to contact their legislators and express their opposition. Speaking at the IBM Lotusphere conference in Florida the day after the SOPA Blackout, …

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BREAKING: Harry Reid Delays PIPA Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to postpone action on the Protect IP Act. In a statement, Reid said “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act.” From the Senator’s Twitter feed: (image)@SenatorReidSenator Harry ReidIn light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP …

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SOPA: GOP Candidates All Agree

Last night’s CNN debate in South Carolina found all four remaining GOP candidates in harmony on one issue at least. They all feel that SOPA is overreaching and needs to be rethought. Newt Gingrich answered the SOPA question first, saying, “I favor freedom.” He said that there are already tools and avenues of recourse in place to allow copyright holders …

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Anonymous: OpMegaUpload Largest Attack In History

Anonymous struck down government and industry Web sites yesterday in the biggest Anonymous operation in their history. After the take down of MegaUpload and arrest of those associated with the sharing Web site, Anonymous, as we reported, took down the Justice Department’s Web site. This snowballed into the taking down of multiple sites across government and industry including sites belonging …

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Mitch McConnell On PIPA: Put It On Ice

Wednesday’s internet-wide SOPA / PIPA protests, by many measures, were greatly successful. Google said that on that day alone, 4.5 million people signed their homepage petition against the legislation – and that number grew by millions on Thursday. The social media world generated a substantial amount of buzz for the protests as well: Twitter reported that over 2.4 million tweets …

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Exclusive: SOPA, From a Filmmaker’s Perspective

Jeff Day makes independent films. The budget for his 2010 production, “Unrequited” was just under $2 Million. Sure, those aren’t “Titanic” numbers. But, the producers got some star power bang for their buck. The movie featured Michael Welch from the Twilight series; Clare Carey from TV series Chuck; and David Keith from U-571, Major League II, many others (incl. my …

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