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Is TPP Worse Than SOPA, PIPA & ACTA? Is TPP Worse Than SOPA, PIPA & ACTA?
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First there was SOPA, then there was PIPA. The Internet beat those back. Then along came ACTA inciting protests around the world. Up next is something far worse and far more secret – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. For those that …

Copyright Reform or ACTA? Copyright Reform or ACTA?

Which method is best for combating piracy and other forms of Internet related intellectual property infringement? If you were to listen the average European Union citizen, the reaction towards ACTA has been understandably negative. However, various governments of the European …

TPP Follows ACTA, Twitter Calls It World War Web TPP Follows ACTA, Twitter Calls It World War Web
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First there was SOPA, then there was PIPA. The Internet beat those back. Then along came ACTA inciting what many users on Twitter are calling the World War Web. Up next is something far worse and far more secret – …

White House: No Comment On Petition To Investigate Chris Dodd For Bribery White House: No Comment On Petition To Investigate Chris Dodd For Bribery
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As MPAA chairman, former Senator Chris Dodd had to address all of the SOPA backlash coming from every corner of the internet. And boy did he. Dodd went on a tear, calling the Wikipedia blackout an “abuse of power,” to …

SOPA: Money Isn’t Always Power SOPA: Money Isn’t Always Power

The recent Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are perfect examples of how common interest can prevail despite huge organizations throwing millions of dollars at a cause. Giants like Time Warner, Viacom, MasterCard, American Express, …

ACTA Petition Goes Over 1 Million Signatures ACTA Petition Goes Over 1 Million Signatures
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When AVAAZ.org launched their anti-ACTA petition, their stated goal was 750,000. When WebProNews first discussed the petition, the total number of signatures had eclipsed the 600,000 mark. Now, thanks to a large push back from European Union citizens, AVAAZ has …

The Entertainment Industry Is Actually Booming, So… Why SOPA? The Entertainment Industry Is Actually Booming, So… Why SOPA?
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That headline is a bit reductive as it should end “Why SOPA, PIPA, Bill C-11, OPEN, et al.?” but that’s what the actual article is for, right? One of the main driving points in the entertainment industry’s support of SOPA …

SOPA Blackout Day By The Numbers [Infographic] SOPA Blackout Day By The Numbers [Infographic]

Frugal Dad has put out an infographic breaking down SOPA blackout day (January 18) by the numbers. “The Wikipedia blackout was seen by 160 million people – over twice those who tuned in to the first televised presidential debate,” a …

Just Say “NO to ACTA” Just Say “NO to ACTA”

By now, especially in light of the SOPA/PIPA fallout, you’ve probably heard about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which is also lovingly known as ACTA. The international treaty, once ratified, is currently making its rounds through various European governments, even as …

Is OPEN Better than SOPA? Is OPEN Better than SOPA?
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During the initial SOPA hearings, the mockery that they were, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, one of the loudest opponents to the Stop Online Piracy Act, suggested an alternative method of regulating the Internet, one both Google and Facebook endorse. …

SOPA Was Only the Beginning: ACTA Gets International Push Back SOPA Was Only the Beginning: ACTA Gets International Push Back
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As we touched on earlier, as members of the European Union sign ACTA into something of an existence — it still requires ratification from the European Union parliament — various EU citizens have decided to fight back against ACTA. Unfortunately, …

Portal 2 Mashes Into The Nightmare Before Christmas Portal 2 Mashes Into The Nightmare Before Christmas

And the results are spectacular. Provided you can shake your gaze from the awesome Portal 2 socks leading this article, the upcoming video will be a great addition to your weekend. It also serves as another reason to be against …

A Handy Infographic About the Entertainment Industry Fearing Technology A Handy Infographic About the Entertainment Industry Fearing Technology
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How many times has the entertainment industry trembled at the onset of new technology? Well, if you’re talking about the the film industry in particular, and you answered “every time,” then you are pretty damn accurate. While some of us …

Awesome User-Generated Content Gives Us Dark Knight Rises Credits Awesome User-Generated Content Gives Us Dark Knight Rises Credits

User-generated content is one of the many great things about the web. Whether it’s someone riffing on a particular trend or adding to the thousands upon thousands of gigabytes of fan-based material for whatever movie franchise you can think of, …

More Voters Worry About Censorship Than Piracy More Voters Worry About Censorship Than Piracy

In the midst of the ongoing controversy surrounding SOPA and PIPA, it may be wise to take a step back and see what the average voter thinks about issues like piracy and internet censorship. That’s exactly what Rasmussen Reports has …

SOPA/PIPA: The Aftermath of Web Blackout, ACTA, & What’s Next SOPA/PIPA: The Aftermath of Web Blackout, ACTA, & What’s Next
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Even though the SOPA and PIPA bills are essentially dead, they are still getting a lot of attention. Last week, the U.S. witnessed a powerful expression from both brands and consumers that demonstrated their strong opposition to the anti-piracy bills.

Bill C-11: SOPA’s Canadian Hellspawn Bill C-11: SOPA’s Canadian Hellspawn
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Blocked websites. Infinite copyrights. Draconian entertainment industries. Judicial targeting of “pirate” sites. Users’ loss of Internet access. If you’ve followed the news of the metastatic Stop Online Piracy Act in the United States, you’re probably familiar with the above dystopian …

ACTA Signed By European Union ACTA Signed By European Union
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ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, has just been signed in by the European Union. ACTA, for those who don’t know, is kind of like SOPA’s big brother. It’s a multi-national trade agreement that seeks to protect copyright through a brutish …

Anonymous Protests Irish SOPA, Sees Results Anonymous Protests Irish SOPA, Sees Results

Anonymous is targeting Irish government Web sites over their own version of SOPA. The country is looking to bring into law their own version of SOPA before the end of January. The law would allow Irish courts to block access …

President Obama Doesn’t Support SOPA, But Signs ACTA? President Obama Doesn’t Support SOPA, But Signs ACTA?
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Move over SOPA, tell ACTA the news? Or is this more of a case of “move over SOPA, it’s ACTA time?” Or does, “Stop! ACTA time!” work? For me, it’s “just when you thought it was safe to go back …

The OPEN Act Becomes Truly Open The OPEN Act Becomes Truly Open
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The OPEN Act, the less insane version of SOPA and PIPA, is up for public scrutiny and changes. Representative Darrell Issa has created Keep the Web Open to allow citizens the opportunity of making revisions and suggestions to the bill …