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“Irish SOPA” Signed Into Law By Minister Sherlock “Irish SOPA” Signed Into Law By Minister Sherlock
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You may recall that during the whole nasty business with our own SOPA and PIPA, there was a similar law going through the rounds in Ireland. This “Irish SOPA” faced heavy resistance from many within the Irish and global community …

Lamar Smith Doesn’t Care About Personal Privacy on the Internet
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While SOPA is holding on to its dying breaths for dear life, Lamar Smith has apparently moved on to bigger and better things: Monitoring every aspect of your online behavior, details which would be available to any government agency without …

Reddit Creates The Freedom Of Internet Act Reddit Creates The Freedom Of Internet Act
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The users of Reddit are more than just Internet warriors who fought bravely against SOPA and PIPA with the legendary Net blackout of January. They are also amateur legislators which they have proven by writing a law of their own. …

ACTA Referred To European Court of Justice

Is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement treaty, otherwise known as ACTA, compatible with what is referred to as the EU’s “fundamental rights and freedoms?” Some EU officials are asking that very question, and to help determine the answer, EU trade chief …

The Anti-SOPA System Administrator’s Todo List The Anti-SOPA System Administrator’s Todo List
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Todo lists are a great way to plan ahead for the day’s events. It gives an idea of how to divvy up your time. What, however, would such a list look like for a systems administrator who is firmly against …

Anonymous Continues Anti-ACTA Attack On U.S. Government Anonymous Continues Anti-ACTA Attack On U.S. Government
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At some point, there’s going to be a massive, mainstream media-friendly bust where a bunch of 20-somethings are led away for the world to see, with FBI officials holding press conferences claiming the scourge of the Anonymous hacker group has …

Bulgaria Joins the No ACTA Crowd
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Did this past weekend’s anti-ACTA movement in Europe get their message across to the ruling governments? While the fallout is still being measured, at least one country has decided to say “no” to the treaty, putting them with the small, …

CIA.gov Not Available, Anonymous Takes Credit [Updated] CIA.gov Not Available, Anonymous Takes Credit [Updated]

Update: CNN is reporting that sites affiliated with Mexico’s mining ministry and the state of Alabama were also taken down. They’re also reporting that the CIA’s site was back up by this morning, but cia.gov is currently down from where …

The Great Battle of Skyrim: When Video Games, Mods And YouTube Come Together

There’s no denying the absolute runaway popularity of Bethesda’s Skyrim. A quick Google search of “Game of the Year, 2011” reveals as much, but make no mistake, the popularity of the game is well-earned. What makes a great thing even …

Megaupload Takedown Didn’t Impact Piracy At All
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Clearly, the lessons that Napster offered about piracy all those years ago have yet to sink in with the authorities that are trying to “clean up” the Internet. According to a study conducted by DeepField Networks, as pointed out by …

Study: Piracy Does Not Harm U.S. Box Office Sales Study: Piracy Does Not Harm U.S. Box Office Sales
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Despite the claims of the MPAA and other supporters of SOPA and PIPA, file-sharing does not negatively impact box office sales in the U.S., according to a new study conducted by economists from Wellesley College and the University of Minnesota. …

Germany Delays Signing ACTA

Have all the anti-ACTA protests started to sway European politicians? Maybe this weekend’s plans for mass protest is what did it, but there does appear to be some headway being made against the overreaching attempts at Internet regulation that have …

Alan Moore Discusses Guy Fawkes Masks, Protests
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If you’ve been following the anti-Internet regulation hubbub, as well as Anonymous’ hijinks, then you’ve undoubtedly noticed the masks many protesters have been wearing, exactly like the lead image suggests. While these masks have become incredibly popular because of these …

Anti-ACTA Protests Going Worldwide Tomorrow
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While there’s no way of knowing if the upcoming anti-ACTA protests will have the same chilling effect the Internet blackout did on SOPA/PIPA, citizens on a worldwide basis are preparing to speak out against the ACTA treaty. Loudly. Tomorrow (February …

Now You Can Carry The Pirate Bay In Your Pocket Now You Can Carry The Pirate Bay In Your Pocket
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Last month we brought you news that controversial torrent hosting site The Pirate Bay was beginning a transition away from .torrent files in order to host Magnet links, which are both harder to block and require less bandwidth and server …

Is Harry Reid Slipping SOPA Into A New Cyber-Security Bill?
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While details about a proposed cyber-security bill remain elusive, one frightful speculation seems to be making the rounds lately: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has not abandoned his effort to shackle the Internet. After Internet commoners and companies alike pushed …

Richard O’Dwyer’s Mom Speaks Out Against US Control of the Internet

In case you forgot, the story of Richard O’Dwyer fits right into the anti-SOPA/PIPA mood that permeates across the Internet, save for the United States government, of course. O’Dwyer ran a site called TVShack.net which posted links to downloadable copyrighted …

SOPA and PIPA Are Not Quite Dead Yet
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While some may view the shelving of the infamous piracy bills as the death of both SOPA and PIPA, both bills remain alive with active supporters in both houses of the U.S. government. This means the bills are not dead …

Tribler Aims To Circumvent Anti-Piracy Efforts Tribler Aims To Circumvent Anti-Piracy Efforts
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The ongoing battle over legislation like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA has focused on blocking access to sites like The Pirate Bay and others that provide centralized access to torrent files for users who want to download content. In the midst …

70 Groups Send Open Letter To Congress Regarding SOPA/PIPA

SOPA and PIPA may have been shelved, but the groups involved with initial protest feel that the threat is far from over. Seventy groups, most of them involved with the blackout protests from a few weeks back, have sent an …

Paulo Coelho on SOPA: ‘Pirate Everything I’ve Ever Written!’ Paulo Coelho on SOPA: ‘Pirate Everything I’ve Ever Written!’
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During the entire SOPA/PIPA/ACTA ongoing ordeal, all you have heard about were the movie studios in Hollywood feeling butt hurt about people ripping them off and depriving them of untold millions of dollars due to copyright violations. One sect of …