Google Joins SOPA Strike with Homepage Action

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 2:55 pm

The biggest Internet presence in the world will have something to add to the growing online protests against anti-piracy legislation, though they won’t go as far as shutting down their operations. Google plans to highlight the issue with an action item on their famously spare homepage. “Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose [...]

SOPA Strike Still Set for Tomorrow; More Websites Join

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 7:35 am

As I noted yesterday, organizers of the SOPA strike got a boost when Wikipedia said they would shut down operations tomorrow, in protest of anti-piracy legislation that could constrain their business. In place of normal content, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said he would put up phone numbers for members of Congress and try to “melt [...]

SOPA Debate Occurring in Media Vacuum

By: Monday January 9, 2012 12:14 pm

The opposition to a pair of Internet censorship bills in Congress has grown over the past week. The Online News Association delivered its opposition to the bills, joining the American Society of Newspaper Editors. As these are rights holders and content creators who would stand to gain from anti-piracy legislation, it’s significant. The State Department, [...]

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 [...]

Corporate Endorsers Dropping Support of Stop Online Piracy Act

By: Friday December 23, 2011 12:26 pm

Some good news on the SOPA front: its corporate base of supporters is starting to crumble. One of the few Internet-based organizations to support SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act (referred to by supporters as the Internet censorship bill), was GoDaddy.com, the domain name registration site that manages over 51 million domain names across the [...]

“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 [...]

SOPA Markup Officially Cancelled, No Bill in 2011

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 2:15 pm

Tomorrow’s previously scheduled markup for the Stop Online Piracy Act, which critics claim would institute Internet censorship in the name of policing copyrights and could have a deleterious effect on the Internet’s architecture, has been cancelled. The announcement was first leaked by Rep. Darrell Issa, an opponent of SOPA, on his Twitter feed. A note [...]

SOPA Markup Re-Scheduled for Wednesday

By: Monday December 19, 2011 6:57 am

When the House Judiciary Committee adjourned without a final vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act, the expectation was that they wouldn’t take up the matter again until next year. After all, HJC Chairman Lamar Smith appeared to agree to allow technical experts give testimony on the implications of the bill to the Internet’s architecture, [...]

House Judiciary Adjourns Without Final Vote on SOPA

By: Friday December 16, 2011 2:15 pm

The House Judiciary Committee abruptly adjourned today without completing work on the Stop Online Piracy Act, an unexpected twist in the high stakes battle between Hollywood content providers and leading Internet companies. The committee’s chairman and chief sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), agreed to further explore a controversial provision that lets the [...]

SOPA Getting a Markup in House Judiciary Committee

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 1:37 pm

The markup in the House Judiciary Committee of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has begun. Observers expect at least two days of markups, and the bill wouldn’t see the House floor until sometime thereafter, probably next year. There are over 60 amendments on the bill, and opponents on the committee are dragging out [...]

House Judiciary Chair Rolls Back Many Elements of SOPA

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 9:35 am

Clearly responding to pressure from Internet giants and a growing coalition of activists, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) amended his legislation on Internet copyrights yesterday, rolling back some of the more dangerous elements. A HJC markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, will take place this Thursday. The original measure amounted [...]

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