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Lamar Smith Responds To Critics, Reddit Lamar Smith Responds To Critics, Reddit

Unless you reside in the state he represents — Texas — probably the only reason you’ve heard the name of Lamar Smith in the past month or so is because of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act that’s responsible for …

Previously, Lamar Smith Supported A Non-Regulated Internet Previously, Lamar Smith Supported A Non-Regulated Internet
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About five years ago, during hearings concerning the adoption of net neutrality rules, Lamar Smith, the US House Representative who introduced SOPA to the world, had a much different stance on regulating the Internet, but only when it suited his …

Roger Ebert Doesn’t Blame Piracy For Movie Industry Woes Roger Ebert Doesn’t Blame Piracy For Movie Industry Woes
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While famed movie critic Roger Ebert’s perspective on the movie industry isn’t directly related to the piracy acts that have been dominating Internet news, the fact that he doesn’t mention piracy once while discussing the industry’s financial woes resonates much …

Abandon GoDaddy Day Wasn’t a Smash Hit Abandon GoDaddy Day Wasn’t a Smash Hit
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The abandon ship notice for GoDaddy’s domain registration service, while netting some notable names — Wikipedia, Imgur — apparently failed to have the impact some suspected. If not for GoDaddy’s waffling on the SOPA/PIPA issue, something that’s discussed at an …

Michael Crook Trolls The Internet With Support SOPA Site Michael Crook Trolls The Internet With Support SOPA Site
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This just in: If you don’t support SOPA, you are thief!!! So says the wisdom of one Michael Crook, who seems to be on a mission to troll everyone he comes into contact with. You may have first heard of …

MoveYourDomain Day Could Be Another Blow For GoDaddy MoveYourDomain Day Could Be Another Blow For GoDaddy
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While it’s being presented as an anti-SOPA stance, which, no doubt represents the bow that’s being put on it, but if MoveYourDomain Day isn’t occurring to capitalize on GoDaddy’s recent public relations nightmare, then maybe I need to go back …

A Comprehensive Look at Those For and Against SOPA A Comprehensive Look at Those For and Against SOPA
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There have been a number of lists discussing which entities support and oppose the oft-discussed protection acts making their way through the houses of the U.S. Government. While there are two, the most famous to the duo is H.R.3261, otherwise …

GoDaddy Tries To Reverse The SOPA Exodus GoDaddy Tries To Reverse The SOPA Exodus
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After dealing with backlash of the worst kind — the kind that makes you lose customers, fast — GoDaddy withdrew their support for SOPA with press releases and Twitter announcements. But was that enough? Not for one ex-GoDaddy customer, who …

GoDaddy Experiences Massive SOPA Backlash GoDaddy Experiences Massive SOPA Backlash
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So, what’s worse? Bad PR due to the perhaps unnecessary killing of a wild elephant or a mass exodus due to supporting one of the most combative pieces of legislation to address the Internet, perhaps ever? News of GoDaddy’s support …

Scribd Previews Your Internet After SOPA Scribd Previews Your Internet After SOPA
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You have presumably heard that SOPA has drawn the ire of everybody. Really, it’s everybody. Everybody. More everybody. And, finally, everybody. The latest company to join the anti-SOPA movement is Scribd, the web’s largest publishing and reading site that claims …

SOPA Is Draconian, Anticonstitutional Says MythBuster Adam Savage SOPA Is Draconian, Anticonstitutional Says MythBuster Adam Savage
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Okay. So far, the proponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act (PROTECT IP) have heard opposition from big time tech names like Sergey Brin, security software companies and former members of the Business Software Alliance, Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, the entire …

(NSFW) Dan Bull’s Anti-SOPA Rap Is Dope, Timely (NSFW) Dan Bull’s Anti-SOPA Rap Is Dope, Timely

Ah, SOPA. My good friend. We just can’t quit each other. Of course, when masterful content continues to pour out, all in the sake of defying you, there’s really no reason to quit, now is there? While the protection act(s) …

Does A Simple Firefox Add-On Make SOPA Useless? Does A Simple Firefox Add-On Make SOPA Useless?
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As the world of SOPA continues to turn, the emergence of a simple Firefox browser add-on may render the potential punitive actions of these protection acts null and void; or, at least ineffective, if not outright useless. Firefox, which already …

Add RIAA And DHS To List Of Internet Pirates Add RIAA And DHS To List Of Internet Pirates

Nearly 2,000 years ago the Roman poet Juvenal coined the now-famous phrase, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, commonly translated “Who watches the watchmen?” For centuries the phrase has been associated with political philosophy and the problem of corrupt government, but in …

Mainstream Media Gets Wind of SOPA Mainstream Media Gets Wind of SOPA
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Largely, the fight between SOPA supporters and those against the potential censoring of the Internet, all in name of protecting the entertainment industry’s intellectual property, has been conducted over the web. But now, it seems the mainstream media, the corporate-owned …

Another Open Letter Concerning SOPA Disapproval Another Open Letter Concerning SOPA Disapproval
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Earlier today, Chris Crum wrote about an open letter discussing the potentially damaging rules set forth in the oft-discussed SOPA/PIPA bills. In the letter, members of Google, Yahoo, Flickr, LinkedIn, PayPal, the Huffington Post and many others detailed the issues …

Lamar Smith And SOPA: In His Own Words Lamar Smith And SOPA: In His Own Words
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If there’s a more polarizing topic than the SOPA/PIPA pieces of legislation going on in relation to the Internet, you’d be hard pressed to find it. Actually, that’s incorrect because the general public isn’t polarized with its reactions towards the …

Piracy May Actually Help Artists Piracy May Actually Help Artists
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With all the controversy over SOPA, there has been a lot of attention lately on the so-called “piracy” of music and movies. The practice of downloading copyrighted content illegally – i.e., without paying for it – is at the heart …

Wikimedia Expands On Wikipedia’s Thoughts Concerning SOPA Wikimedia Expands On Wikipedia’s Thoughts Concerning SOPA

While the position of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales concerning SOPA is now well known, his “Put SOPA on Blast” essay essentially spoke for himself, although, one would be inclined to believe Wales shares the thoughts of his co-workers. Now, however, …

BitTorrent Use Uncovered at Major Entertainment Companies BitTorrent Use Uncovered at Major Entertainment Companies
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TorrentFreak, a news site devoted to all things BitTorrent, has published the results of an investigation they conducted into downloads via BitTorrent software at IP addresses owned by some of the entertainment industry’s biggest companies. Using Russian site YouHaveDownloaded.com, which …

Fight SOPA Censorship with Censorship! Fight SOPA Censorship with Censorship!

It’s clear the SOPA/PIPA hubbub has been a polarizing issue, one that stretches far beyond mere web chatter. Big name industry giants have thrown their hats into the ring very loudly and very clearly on both sides of the coin. …