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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 …

Paul Ryan Officially Opposes SOPA, Reddit Takes Some Credit

Chairman of the House Budget Committee and much-talked-about young member of the Republican party Paul Ryan has officially come out against the Stop Online Piracy Act. This afternoon, he released this statement on his site: The internet is one of …

Boycott SOPA Supporting Companies With The No More SOPA App Boycott SOPA Supporting Companies With The No More SOPA App
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Since the majority of those in power seem to be hell-bent on ending the free internet as we know it, it looks as though it might be up to the consumers to combat harmful legislation like the current Stop Online …

SOPA Necessary To Protect Our Safety, According To RIAA VP SOPA Necessary To Protect Our Safety, According To RIAA VP
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As staunch supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act, it comes as no surprise that the RIAA would scoff at the OPEN Act, a measure proposed by Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Ron Wyden. It’s just the argument that is …

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 …

Data: People Don’t Actually Care That GoDaddy Supports SOPA Data: People Don’t Actually Care That GoDaddy Supports SOPA
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As if the news that the failure of MoveYourDomain Day wasn’t discouraging enough, here’s more terribleness: GoDaddy actually gained market shares last month while all the bad anti-SOPA sentiment was swarming them. According to WebHostingInfo, GoDaddy did see a very …

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 …

Tweet #AskState To Ask Questions Directly to U.S. State Department Tweet #AskState To Ask Questions Directly to U.S. State Department

As we bore into the year that is 2012, the U.S. Department of State has chosen to step up their Internet vocab by inviting Twitter users to submit questions to them throughout the month of January as part of their …

U.S. Pressured Spain To Pass Site Blocking Law U.S. Pressured Spain To Pass Site Blocking Law

According to a letter obtained by El Pais, a Spanish newspaper, the United States was most displeased to learn that Spanish President Luis Rodriguez Zapatero would not pass the Sinde law, a bill that bears a striking resemblance to SOPA. …

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 …

No SOPA Chrome Extension Notifies You When You Visit Sites That Hate The Internet No SOPA Chrome Extension Notifies You When You Visit Sites That Hate The Internet
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Worried that your average, everyday interweb browsing could be inadvertently supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act? Well, you’re in luck. Now there’s an extension for your Chrome browser that will notify you when you visit a website of any company …

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? …

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 …

Ron Paul Courts Internet Voters By Denouncing SOPA Ron Paul Courts Internet Voters By Denouncing SOPA
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While he may not win the 2012 presidential election, there’s no denying Ron Paul is leaving a mark on the political process, and he is becoming a threat to, at the very least, challenge for the Republican party nomination as …

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 …