All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘SOPA’

Wikipedia Ends Their SOPA / PIPA Blackout

It’s been a cold and lonely place on the Internet over the past 24 hours. Wikipedia was in full blackout mode as they protested both SOPA / PIPA. Well my friends, the blackout is over. The world is right again, as Wikipedia is back to normal operations. If cup your hand to you ear you may hear the joyous cheers …

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Cats & Hitler Hate SOPA, Projection Mapping, and Rated-R Rugrats

A viral video is one that becomes popular through the process of Internet sharing, via social media, sharing sites, or good ‘ole email. Everyday we highlight some of the best that are currently viral and some that are trending that way. Today’s videos feature a lot of SOPA hating, Marlboro car projection, and a crow starting a fight. Ok, the …

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Protests In NYC, San Francisco Bring SOPA/PIPA Strike To First Life

We’re approaching the last leg of today’s SOPA/PIPA protest that delivered shocks throughout the Internet to Senators and lazy college students alike. Wikipedia suspended itself and Google made a pretty pointed statement. Still, while all of this heavy activity was happening on the Internet, there was a bicoastal movement that put some anti-SOPA/PIPA foot soldiers in the public space of …

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SOPA: An Open Letter To Washington From Content Creators

In all the debate that has raged over SOPA/PIPA, one group has been decidedly under-represented: the creators of the content that the two bills are designed to protect. Those lobbying loudest in support of SOPA and PIPA have insisted that the bills are necessary to protect the entertainment industry from the ravages of online piracy. Such piracy, they claim protects …

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against SOPA / PIPA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a message about SOPA and PIPA on Facebook today. He said: The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any …

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The Twitter Crowd Weighs in with Things Better Than SOPA

Aside from the bouts of humor many Twitter users are providing, thanks, in large part to the @herpderpedia Twitter account’s work, it’s also becoming a water cooler of sorts, at least in relation to the anti-piracy act that’s ruling the day. I’m talking about SOPA, of course. Before that, however, if you want have a little fun, check out the …

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SOPA Opera Shows Where Congress Members Stand On SOPA / PIPA

Journalist Dan Nguyen has produced a site that helps users identify where legislators stand on SOPA/PIPA and organize them in several different ways. SOPA Opera divides members of Congress broadly into supporters and opponents. From there they can be further organized by party, whether they serve in the House or Senate, home state, and more. One of the more interesting …

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SOPA: GoDaddy Kind of Blacks Out

GoDaddy used to be in support of SOPA, now they’re not. You wouldn’t think that if you went to their site today. GoDaddy, on and off again supporter of SOPA, joined the other sites participating in the blackout today. The only issue is, where is it? Can you see the blackout? I couldn’t see it at first. Then you can …

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Google Has Given SOPA Author Lamar Smith $17K Since 2006

Google is protesting SOPA, but apparently the company has given the bill’s author a total of $17,000 since 2006. Google site reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones writes on Google+: “Surprising thing I noticed: Google’s NetPAC has given Rep. Lamar Smith (the architect of SOPA) $17,000 over the past 6 transparency years.” She links to this pdf showing all of Google NetPAC’s …

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Another Republican Senator Backs Away From PIPA Sponsorship

When all of this anti-SOPA smoke clears, it appears as if the only government official who will be left standing on the side of the stop piracy acts will be Lamar “SOPA Will Never Die” Smith. While there’s plenty of flippancy on this writer’s part, truth be told, more government officials are backing off, or at least trying to delay …

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Wikipedia’s SOPA Blackout: Solidarity Beyond The English-Langage Page

So SOPA news will be bursting from your Internets today what with Wikipedia (and others) disappearing till tomorrow. It’s a pretty bold message but it only directly affects the English-language page. But how might users of Wikipedia’s non-English pages be experiencing today’s protest? On Monday, Wikipedia chief Jimmy Wales tweeted: @jimmy_walesJimmy Wales@guenterhack English only, although the Germans will run a …

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