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SOPA Blackout… Without the Consequences
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Josh Wolford’s comprehensive rundown of the SOPA/PIPA protest blackouts slated for tomorrow mentioned how some site admins do not wish to totally black out their sites, for a variety of valid reasons (the hit to SEO alone can be crippling). …

Wikipedia SOPA/PIPA Blackout Pages

As part of a sustained effort against (the recently-shelved) SOPA and (still-threatening) PIPA bills before Congress and the Senate, respectively, Wikipedia has announced that they will be part of a blackout on Wednesday, January 18. (image)@jimmy_walesJimmy WalesStudent warning! Do your …

Meet The Global Online Freedom Act Of 2011
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Alongside SOPA, PIPA and OPEN, H.R. 3605 has joined the party. H.R. 3605, otherwise known as the Global Online Freedom Act of 2011 was drafted and introduced to the House on December 8 by Representative Christopher Smith from New Jersey. …

Reddit Cofounder: Let’s Write Sympathy Cards To PIPA Supporters Mourning The Internet’s Death Reddit Cofounder: Let’s Write Sympathy Cards To PIPA Supporters Mourning The Internet’s Death

Although SOPA has been pushed to the backburner for the time being, it’s not dead and we should remain vigilant in our opposition. Not only that, but SOPA is not the only legislation on the table that threatens the internet …

Wikipedia Will Go Dark Wednesday To Protest SOPA, Censorship
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Jimmy Wales founded Wikipedia. You have used it before because it’s a helpful tool to learn and if you’ve learned anything in the past several years your quest for knowledge likely led you through Wikipedia at some point. Jimmy Wales …

Despite SOPA Delay, Boing Boing & Raspberry Pi Join Blackout Protest

The White House may have denounced the current incarnation of SOPA and the Congressional goon squad who fathered SOPA may have delayed the bill’s passage in order to address “concerns,” but websites still wanted to remind everybody: they no likes …

NVIDIA Does Not Support SOPA, But Is That Enough?
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While the video game industry sorts its position out concerning SOPA/PIPA — The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and most of its members are onboard with the anti-piracy acts — some prominent members are going against the SOPA grain. One company …

More Sites Join Upcoming Anti-SOPA Blackout More Sites Join Upcoming Anti-SOPA Blackout
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We were recently informed about Reddit’s plan to black their incredibly popular site out on January 18th as a method of protesting the anti-piracy acts that are currently in a holding pattern in the US House of Representatives and the …

Lamar Smith Continues His Campaign Against Foreign Sites

Lamar Smith — master infringer that he is — is at a loss as to why companies like Facebook and Google aren’t completely onboard with the stop piracy acts, topics that have permeated throughout the Internet. In fact, the fact …

Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA
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Reddit announced that it will be blacking out its site for 12 hours on 01-18 from 8AM – 8PM EST. The Reddit Team says in a blog post: Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be …

Reddit Co-Founder To Testify At Upcoming SOPA Hearing Reddit Co-Founder To Testify At Upcoming SOPA Hearing
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Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, has been asked to speak at the upcoming hearing concerning SOPA and PIPA, everybody’s favorite Internet acronyms; for the moment, anyway. Apparently, the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee wants to hear from the …

Lamar Smith Offers Further SOPA Clarification Lamar Smith Offers Further SOPA Clarification
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What do you do when it seems like the entire world is against something you are trying to accomplish? Do you ignore the criticisms and soldier onward? Do you consider the criticism and its potential validity? Or do you ignore …

Lamar Smith Poster Is Funny, Accurate Lamar Smith Poster Is Funny, Accurate
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When commenting on the state of the SOPA/PIPA bills recently, lead-SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith, the representative from Texas, indicated those speaking out against these acts were a “vocal minority” and just because they were loud doesn’t mean they are worth …

Would SOPA Be Better Without The RIAA’s Influence? Would SOPA Be Better Without The RIAA’s Influence?
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While much of the focus concerning the SOPA/PIPA bills points towards the government officials who are sponsoring these acts, are there other potential, perhaps obvious contributors that have escaped scrutiny? Or is everyone resigned to the fact the entertainment industry …

TV News Turns Blind Eye Towards SOPA Coverage TV News Turns Blind Eye Towards SOPA Coverage
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Here’s an interesting query: If you were a general manager of local CBS affiliate and you noticed a great deal of Internet traction concerning steps the US government is trying to take in its efforts to eliminate online piracy, how …

SOPA Supporter/Opponent Database Demonstrates A Lack Of Patterns SOPA Supporter/Opponent Database Demonstrates A Lack Of Patterns
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In the fight against SOPA (or any ridiculous action taken by those in power), knowledge is key. There have been various attempts to build lists or databases to categorize both individuals and companies into SOPA supporters or SOPA opponents, and …

Al Gore Doesn’t Like SOPA, Either Al Gore Doesn’t Like SOPA, Either

Did you really expect the “inventor” of the Internet to agree with a bill that’s so potentially damaging to the foundation on which the web resides, even if he himself doesn’t know anything about DNS? Truth be told, considering the …

Reddit Responds To Lamar Smith Reddit Responds To Lamar Smith
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Earlier this week, Representative Lamar Smith, one of they key sponsors of the oft-discussed SOPA legislation, issued something of a challenge to Reddit users, calling them a vocal minority who’s fears concerning SOPA were unfounded. Smith also challenged the Reddit …

SOPA Ignores Simple Truths Concerning Piracy SOPA Ignores Simple Truths Concerning Piracy
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It’s true that SOPA has been denounced by many industry giants that make their living in on the Internet. Normally, when such rejections are voiced, the wording of SOPA is normally attacked, along with the potential threat to the structural …

[Exclusive] Can Hackers Create a SOPA-Proof Internet? [Exclusive] Can Hackers Create a SOPA-Proof Internet?
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What’s the shortest distance between two points? If you said a straight line, then you just earned a self-high five. We here at WebProNews we have already given you a guide on how to navigate the post-SOPA Internet, but suppose …

Preparedness In a Post-SOPA World Preparedness In a Post-SOPA World
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Hopefully, the Louis Pasteur quote subtitling this article motivates you enough to prepare yourself for a post-SOPA world, one where the Internet, as we know it, is rendered into a smoldering ruin that’s overtly governed by the copyright gatekeepers. Hyperbole? …