Republicans Take Down Anti-Corporate Copyright Law Paper Within 24 Hours of Publication

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 6:00 am

One post-election question up for debate is where the Republican Party would go to try and capture the areas of the electorate they cannot penetrate – particularly minorities and the youth vote. The watered-down version of the DREAM Act suggested a policy path for reaching some segments of the minority electorate. And for about 24 [...]

PIPA Dead in its Current Form UPDATE: Postponed

By: Friday January 20, 2012 6:23 am

PIPA will not survive next week. The latest whip count from Open Congress shows 45 Senators now opposed to the legislation, with 41 of those on the record in the media. That would be enough to stop the bill on the floor. Moreover, Mitch McConnell has asked Harry Reid to postpone the legislation, a pretty [...]

PIPA Just a Few Votes From Defeat on Cloture

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 1:01 pm

UPDATE: The update from this morning is that Harry Reid has postponed work on the bill. Go read that. We are very close to being able to predict a loss for the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, in next week’s cloture vote in the Senate. According to the Open Congress whip count, which is user-generated [...]

US Ambassador to Spain Made Threats to Force Spanish Government to Pass Anti-Piracy Legislation

By: Friday January 6, 2012 10:55 am

The Internet censorship bills, SOPA and PIPA, bouncing around Congress don’t really work unless you apply them globally. If other countries do not vigorously protect their entertainment and high-tech industry’s copyrights in the same way as the United States, those industries will lose market share domestically. So the US has taken to pressuring other countries [...]

Media Organizations Build “Blogger-Intimidation” Consortium

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 1:43 pm

We’ve learned today that broadcast media outlets want to evade campaign finance disclosure rules. Not to be outdone, print media has decided to collude to intimidate bloggers into paying them. Since I’m sure to get on their radar screen anyway, might as well excerpt: The Associated Press and 28 news organizations, including The New York [...]

“DeSOPA” Software Already Works Around Proposed Censorship Efforts

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 9:35 am

Chalk this one up to a victory for the open-source Internet: Software developers have already found a way around the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which the House Judiciary Committee will not markup until sometime early next year. Most critics say the bill would create an Internet “blacklist” that forces ISPs, search engines, financial [...]

Wyden Offers Discussion Draft to Counter Internet Censorship Bill

By: Friday December 2, 2011 7:35 am

In this age of Occupy Wall Street direct action, it should be noted that the campaign that has had the most immediate impact on legislation has come from the clicktivism of the online sphere. The Protect IP Act was well on its way to passage, and it was poised to create a tool for censoring [...]

Internet Giants Speak Out Against Online Censorship Bill

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 12:15 pm

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. Today is American Censorship Day. A coalition of Internet activists, joined by some of the largest sites on the Web, invented this day to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, legislation which had its first hearing in the House Judiciary Committee today. [...]

Why Does Justin Bieber Want to Jail Amy Klobuchar?

By: Friday October 28, 2011 1:38 pm

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. What are we to make of Justin Bieber exclaiming that Amy Klobuchar needs to be “locked up”? “That guy needs to be locked up,” Bieber said after hearing about the bill, apparently not immediately remembering Amy is generally a woman’s name. “Whoever [...]

Anti-Equality Group Admits No Material Difference Between Straight And Gay Marriage

By: Friday January 15, 2010 1:16 pm

This is amusing. The Courage Campaign, who (full disclosure) I’ve done a bit of work for in the past, has put together a Prop 8 trial website, similar to the FDL trial hub. They created a logo for their site which is a parody of the’s logo from the Prop 8 campaign. Instead of [...]

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