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Meet The Global Online Freedom Act Of 2011
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Alongside SOPA, PIPA and OPEN, H.R. 3605 has joined the party. H.R. 3605, otherwise known as the Global Online Freedom Act of 2011 was drafted and introduced to the House on December 8 by Representative Christopher Smith from New Jersey. …

Reddit Cofounder: Let’s Write Sympathy Cards To PIPA Supporters Mourning The Internet’s Death Reddit Cofounder: Let’s Write Sympathy Cards To PIPA Supporters Mourning The Internet’s Death

Although SOPA has been pushed to the backburner for the time being, it’s not dead and we should remain vigilant in our opposition. Not only that, but SOPA is not the only legislation on the table that threatens the internet …

Wikipedia Will Go Dark Wednesday To Protest SOPA, Censorship
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Jimmy Wales founded Wikipedia. You have used it before because it’s a helpful tool to learn and if you’ve learned anything in the past several years your quest for knowledge likely led you through Wikipedia at some point. Jimmy Wales …

Despite SOPA Delay, Boing Boing & Raspberry Pi Join Blackout Protest

The White House may have denounced the current incarnation of SOPA and the Congressional goon squad who fathered SOPA may have delayed the bill’s passage in order to address “concerns,” but websites still wanted to remind everybody: they no likes …

Rupert Murdoch: Google Is Piracy Leader Rupert Murdoch: Google Is Piracy Leader
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Rupert Murdoch is really getting into this tweeting thing. The other day he was talking about how his company “screwed up in every way possible” with Myspace, and now he’s blasting Google and Obama (presumably in reference to his administration’s …

Obama Administration Responds To Petitions Calling For SOPA Veto Obama Administration Responds To Petitions Calling For SOPA Veto
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While SOPA has been delayed, while “outsanding concerns” are addressed by representatives, the White House has put out a statement from the Obama Administration, responding to a “We the People” Petition on SOPA and online piracy. The petition says: WE …

SOPA Delayed Until “Outstanding Concerns Addressed” SOPA Delayed Until “Outstanding Concerns Addressed”
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On Friday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced that he will remove DNS Blocking from SOPA, so the issue can be “further examined”. Here’s Smith’s statement in its entirety: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said he …

UK Copyright Piracy Case Extradited to the US?
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Twenty-three year old Richard O’Dwyer is facing copyright infingment charges in the United States after a U.K. judge ordered it appropriate for him to prosecuted there. O’Dwyer is accused of operating a website which allegedly made thousands in advertising while …

NVIDIA Does Not Support SOPA, But Is That Enough?
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While the video game industry sorts its position out concerning SOPA/PIPA — The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and most of its members are onboard with the anti-piracy acts — some prominent members are going against the SOPA grain. One company …

SOPA, Video Games And You
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The Entertainment Software Association supports SOPA, but do the game developers and publishers they represent support it as well? It’s an interesting question that has raised a lot of eyebrows the past few weeks as more and more publishers and …

More Sites Join Upcoming Anti-SOPA Blackout More Sites Join Upcoming Anti-SOPA Blackout
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We were recently informed about Reddit’s plan to black their incredibly popular site out on January 18th as a method of protesting the anti-piracy acts that are currently in a holding pattern in the US House of Representatives and the …

Lamar Smith Continues His Campaign Against Foreign Sites

Lamar Smith — master infringer that he is — is at a loss as to why companies like Facebook and Google aren’t completely onboard with the stop piracy acts, topics that have permeated throughout the Internet. In fact, the fact …

SOPA Author Lamar Smith: Copyright Violator?
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Our chief SOPA correspondent is out of the office today but this story from VICE magazine was really too good to leave uncovered here at WPN, so I’m tagging in to share the story. So if you’ve been following the …

EMI Sues Ireland For Not Blocking Pirates
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EMI, one of the three big music companies and a vocal supporter of SOPA, has filed suit against the Republic of Ireland for failing to bring itself into line with EU law regarding anti-piracy measures. EMI has been lobbying the …

Is SOPA’s Bipartisan Support Due To Legislators’ Ignorance?

SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act, H.R. 3261) is perhaps the biggest news on the Internet lately. It is certainly the biggest news about the internet. People have been neatly divided into two camps on the matter: For and Against. …

CES 2012: Issa, Wyden Blasting SOPA, Promoting OPEN

Two congressmen are at CES proclaiming the good news of OPEN and the evils of SOPA. PCMag is reporting that Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Ron Wyden, co-sponsors of the OPEN Act, are at CES talking about SOPA and how …

League Of Legends Rally Against SOPA
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One thing that can be said about the SOPA/PIPA bills is that it’s been effective at galvanizing factions of protesters of all types to come together against the them. Now it appears that the gamer legion is stepping into the …

CES 2012: CEA President Shapiro Blasts SOPA In Keynote CES 2012: CEA President Shapiro Blasts SOPA In Keynote
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Speaking yesterday morning at the Qualcomm CES keynote, Gary Shapiro blasted SOPA and its backers and supporters for their efforts to stifle both free speech and innovation. Shapiro is president of the Consumer Electronics Association, the organization responsible for CES. …

Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA
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Reddit announced that it will be blacking out its site for 12 hours on 01-18 from 8AM – 8PM EST. The Reddit Team says in a blog post: Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be …

Reddit Co-Founder To Testify At Upcoming SOPA Hearing Reddit Co-Founder To Testify At Upcoming SOPA Hearing
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Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, has been asked to speak at the upcoming hearing concerning SOPA and PIPA, everybody’s favorite Internet acronyms; for the moment, anyway. Apparently, the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee wants to hear from the …

Lamar Smith Offers Further SOPA Clarification Lamar Smith Offers Further SOPA Clarification
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What do you do when it seems like the entire world is against something you are trying to accomplish? Do you ignore the criticisms and soldier onward? Do you consider the criticism and its potential validity? Or do you ignore …