All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘SOPA’

Hood Backs Off Of Google Investigation

Last week, Google said it was “deeply concerned” about reports that the MPAA has been secretly leading a campaign to revive SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and help “manufacture legal arguments” in connection with an investigation by Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood. Google started its own “ZombieSOPA” campaign: Let's defeat online censorship again. Tell the @MPAA to kill …

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Google Slams MPAA For Trying To Resurrect SOPA, Censor The Internet

Google says it’s “deeply concerned” about reports that the MPAA has been secretly leading a campaign to revive SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and help “manufacture legal arguments” in connection with an investigation by Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood. Google is referring to the campaign as “ZombieSOPA,” and has started a campaign of its own: Let's defeat online …

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The MPAA, RIAA Target Google Again

By now, it’s pretty clear the governing bodies behind the entertainment industry will not be happy unless Google turns over their search engine index over to the RIAA and the MPAA, allowing them to remove whatever infringing content they see fit. With that in mind, imagine using a search engine that’s been sanitized by these entities. Every first-page result would …

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Google Has Some Thoughts On What You Can Do To Help Stop Bills Like SOPA

One of the most valuable allies in the fight against SOPA last year was Google. The search giant gave millions of Internet users the tools necessary to contact their representatives to voice their opposition to the bill. Now Google is back giving tips on how developers and users can influence tech policy. During Google I/O 2013, Derek Slater, Jen Pahlka …

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For What It’s Worth, The House Thinks The Government Shouldn’t Control The Internet

Does the government want to regulate the Internet? It really depends on who you ask. Internet freedom fighters say legislation like SOPA and CISPA are thinly veiled attempts to regulate the Internet. The government, however, claims that it’s strictly taking a hands-off approach. The House reaffirmed its hands-off approach in legislation it passed yesterday evening. The bill, H.R. 1580, is …

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Anonymous Organizes CISPA Blackout, Not Many Web Sites Show Up

The SOPA blackout protest was something else. Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and other major online players blacked out part or all of their Web sites in opposition to a proposed bill that would have given the U.S. government unchecked power to regulate the Internet as it saw fit. Likewise, CISPA gives the government and corporations the ability to share your private …

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Let’s Not Forget The Fall Of SOPA And The Might Of A Unified Internet

The fall of SOPA was, by far, one of the most interesting events of 2012. It showed that the Internet can and will be an unstoppable force when faced with a threat that targets its very core. Now let’s relive those events so that we may know why we fight for the Internet and the freedom it brings. Vimeo user …

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Aaron Swartz’ Loved Ones: Suicide Product Of Justice System

As you may know, Aaron Swartz, who developed RSS 1.0 and founded Infogami, which merged with reddit in the popular social news site’s early days, was found dead after hanging himself at 26 years old. Swartz had been in some legal trouble, after being arrested in 2011 for allegedly downloading millions of documents from JSTOR with intent to distribute them. …

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Aaron Swartz Found Dead After Committing Suicide

Aaron Swartz, who is credited with developing RSS 1.0, and founding Infogami, which merged with Reddit in the popular site’s early days, was found dead in a Brooklyn apartment. According to various reports, police say he committed suicide by hanging. He was only 26 years old. In 2011, Swartz was arrested for the alleged systematic downloading of millions of documents …

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The Free Internet Survived 2012, But Will It Be That Lucky Next Year?

2012 was a dangerous year for the free Internet. Lawmakers and global stakeholders all took a shot at policing and regulating the Internet over the past year to no avail. That doesn’t mean they’ve given up, and 2013 could prove disastrous if certain parties have their way. To that end, it would be advantageous to look back on all the …

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SOPA Returns As A Poorly Executed Extortion Virus

Remember SOPA? The Internet really dodged a bullet there when the largest Web protest ever killed the bill. There have been rumors that it would be back, despite MPAA CEO Chris Dodd denying any such thing. Well, Dodd was wrong as SOPA is back, and ready to take your money. Wait, what? Why does SOPA want your money? Well, it’s …

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SOPA And PIPA Are Not Coming Back

SOPA and PIPA were a major threat to the Internet. Only those in the entertainment industry denied the claim as they pushed for stricter control of the Internet. The two bills eventually spurred the single largest Internet protest as countless Web sites, including Wikipedia, went dark. The bills were soundly defeated, but do they ever have a chance of coming …

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Anonymous Own3r Continues To Mess With GoDaddy, Links To Anonymous Message [Updated]

In case you haven’t been following, GoDaddy suffered a major outage on Monday, temporarily shutting down numerous sites across the web. Anonymous member Anonymous Own3r claimed responsibility for an attack on GoDaddy early on, and has been tweeting about the ordeal ever since. This morning, GoDaddy put out a statement saying that it had not been hacked, and blamed the …

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Reddit Launches Bus Tour to “Promote the Open Internet”

Emboldened by the part it played in combating the SOPA legislation earlier this year with an “internet blackout,” Reddit has officially announced that it is taking to the road with a bus tour in support of the open internet. In a post over at the Reddit blog, Reddit GM Erik Martin today announced the Internet 2012 Bus Tour. Martin, Reddit …

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Former MPAA CTO Changes His Mind On SOPA

SOPA is dead, and it’s probably not coming back. The MPAA now realizes that a bill like that just isn’t going to fly. They need to be sneakier and use methods that bypass public scrutiny – like TPP. That being said, SOPA is still on the minds of many people as one of the few things that has ever come …

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Guess Who’s Back? SOPA And ACTA Are Sneaking Into Law Behind Your Back

The Internet has won the fight. SOPA and ACTA are both dead after having been eviscerated by the combined powers of the world coming together to fight for what they believe in – basic digital human rights. We can now rest easy knowing that the war has come to an end. Politicians would never think to bring them back, even …

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The Ghost Of SOPA Has Come Back To Haunt Us In New Bill

It was pretty awesome to see the Internet come together to beat back SOPA and PIPA. It was one of the defining moments of the Internet, but many people knew it wasn’t over. Like the end of a particularly good film, the villain vows he will return for a sequel as he is cast into oblivion. Unfortunately, Rep. Lamar Smith …

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Is Japan Making YouTube Illegal For Japanese Citizens?

So the Japanese government did something a little sneaky while its public was distracted by the arrest of a cult member who wanted to gas Tokyo’s subway system; something that could impact all Japanese citizens, even if they aren’t in Japan when they potentially violate certain copyright law revisions. As pointed out by Japanese attorney Toshimitsu Dan, the revisions introduced …

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The Netherlands Shoots Down ACTA

We here in the U.S. have been far too focused on CISPA lately and for good reason. It has the potential to encroach essential freedoms all in the name of stopping cyber attacks. We must not forget our friends in Europe, however, who are fighting against an equally, if not more, disastrous ACTA. While news on ACTA has been slow …

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Lamar Smith Greeted With “Don’t Mess with the Internet” Billboard

In case you’ve already forgotten who Lamar Smith is, take a moment to remind yourself. If that’s too much reading, in short, he was one of the primary sponsors of the SOPA bill that rocked the Internet a couple of months ago. While most Internet users have moved on to whatever’s currently trending, thankfully, some haven’t forgotten the damage Smith’s …

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Chris Dodd Hints That Piracy Isn’t Theft, Still Wants SOPA

Chris Dodd has all the makings of an effective politician, if, for nothing else, his ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth. Take, for instance, his current stance on both SOPA and piracy. In an interview with Variety.com, Dodd revealed an interesting, change-is-possible thinking when discussing the MPAA’s approach to piracy. From his perspective, perhaps the MPAA’s …

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Reddit’s TestPAC Raises $9,000 Against SOPA Creator Lamar Smith

Texas Representative Lamar Smith, creator of nasty Internet legislation SOPA, has attracted the ire of the Internet for quite some time. It wasn’t until recently that the Internet decided to do something about it beyond just a blackout or creating funny memes blasting politicians. Reddit is playing by the rules and is on the ground in Texas to head up …

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Amended CISPA Is A Direct Threat To Internet Privacy

The bill we’ve grown to fear is much, much closer to being a reality in our lives with the passing of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), courtesy of the House of Representatives. The controversial bill passed with a vote of 248-168, giving us a clear indication of how much our elected leaders value your Internet privacy. That …

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SNOPA Is One Internet Bill Worth Rooting For

With the Internet exploding this morning at the news of CISPA passing the House, people may have put the bane of SOPA in the past. It turns out that SOPA was just the evil cousin of a much more benign technology bill that is very welcome in this climate of the government not caring about your privacy rights. MSNBC got …

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Why CISPA Could Do More Harm Than Good

Are you familiar with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act? The bill, which is more commonly known as CISPA, is getting a considerable amount of criticism from both Internet and consumer advocates. Many of these groups are equating it with SOPA and are hoping that it will receive the same outcome.

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CISPA Might Not Be So Bad After All

What I’m about to say may shock you. So if you’re a sensitive user of the Internet, you may want to go back to Reddit and look at funny pictures to soothe your soul. Here it goes: I don’t think CISPA is as bad as everybody is making it out to be. Right now, most readers are probably thinking, “This …

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EFF Offers Embeddable Congressional Twitter Detector to Combat CISPA

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been campaigning furiously over the past few days against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known on the internet as CISPA. The EFF argues that CISPA, which would allow companies to share personal information relevant to any vaguely-defined “cyber threat” with the government and private security agencies, is simply a power grab by …

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Sopatrack: When Does Congress Vote With The Money?

Telling people that the men and women in Congress sometimes vote with special interests in mind is like telling people that pro wrestling is staged. We all know it happens but it’s just an inevitable part of the process. While there are sources to see who gives money to your representatives, there’s not an immediate and easy way to see …

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Sergey Brin: Hollywood Is Shooting Itself in the Foot

Google co-founder Sergey Brin spoke with The Guardian over the weekend and offered up his opinions on a series of topics related to the current state of affairs with the internet and the technology world as a whole. Unsurprisingly, Brin spoke of his company as if it was unfairly besieged by competitors and government alike. Brin ominously told the Guardian …

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A Handy CISPA Infographic Clarifies The Issues

Does the fact that companies like Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, and Intel mean that CISPA is the friendly, less intrusive version of SOPA or are these companies supporting the bill for reasons not related to intellectual property? Actually, in regards to many of the companies supporting CISPA, are doing so not for the IP protection; instead, a company like Facebook is …

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