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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 …

Another SOPA Casualty: Imgur To Leave GoDaddy Another SOPA Casualty: Imgur To Leave GoDaddy
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Yesterday, we discussed the mass exodus domain registrar GoDaddy has been dealing with due to their SOPA support, something GoDaddy backed off of, but only after the damage had been done. While Wikipedia represents perhaps the most famous of the …

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 …

RIAA Responds to IP Address Conundrum RIAA Responds to IP Address Conundrum

Recently, it was reported that, via the YouHaveDownloaded.com tracking tool, IP addresses assigned to the RIAA were responsible for downloading copyrighted content, the very act the entity opposes. While this could come across as an “egg on your face” scenario, …

Obama Girl Songwriter Goes Anti-SOPA Obama Girl Songwriter Goes Anti-SOPA

Remember the “Crush on Obama” song? Sure, it made the hottie who starred in the video a popular item, but only because of her attractiveness. The creator of the song that catapulted “Obama Girl” to fame, Leah Kauffman, is back …

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 …

The Comprehensive List of SOPA Supporters The Comprehensive List of SOPA Supporters
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Now that the SOPA vote in House of Representatives has been shelved until 2012, both sides are taking some time to regroup, and prepare their strategies for what’s sure to be one helluva a fight in the upcoming new year. …

(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 …

SOPA Petition Demonstrates The Idiotic Bluntness Of Bill SOPA Petition Demonstrates The Idiotic Bluntness Of Bill
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When all else fails, I guess it doesn’t hurt to try to appeal to our basic human absurdity meters – that little radar engrained in (most) everyone’s mind that when tripped, helps them realize that something is simply too ridiculous …

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 …

SOPA Vote Delayed; Enjoy Internet Free Speech This Weekend SOPA Vote Delayed; Enjoy Internet Free Speech This Weekend
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After last night’s ridiculous delay in the hearing, the race to the SOPA vote is off like a herd of turtles today after the House Judiciary Committee “abruptly adjourned” earlier without setting a new date for the vote. In other …

Rep. Steve King Is “Bored” At SOPA Hearings Rep. Steve King Is “Bored” At SOPA Hearings
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If you’ve been following the news about online piracy lately, you probably have heard about SOPA. You also probably know that it is a pretty big deal being debated by the United States government right now and lots of people …

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 …

Piracy Uncovered At French President’s Palace Piracy Uncovered At French President’s Palace

A new Russian website continues to prove a source of embarrassment for high-level opponents of music and movie downloading. The site, YouHaveDownloaded.com, shows users their downloading history based on their IP address. It also allows users to put in IPs …

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 …