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Tag Archive: PIPA

Apr 23 2012

CISPA marches onward with precious little fanfare or opposition

What happens when the government wants to fire a salvo in the copyright war that will, as a function of its broadside, accidentally break the foundation of the internet? Everyone gets upset, from the common folk to the mass media — because, see, everyone uses the internet. Thus, SOPA and PIPA died. What happens when …

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Apr 20 2012

Stop CISPA. NOW. It goes to vote MONDAY.

Here’s an infographic that explains succinctly why this matters. Facebook supports this bill, and has evidently been stripping links to information about CISPA from people’s messages. Total internet surveillance, without legal recourse. Facebook and other big tech companies are supporting giving information to the government without warrants, so that when they cooperate with the government …

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Apr 19 2012

Meet the new internet power grab, same as the old one.

Ladies and gentlemen, I cordially introduce you to the new Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, sponsored by Mike Rogers (R-MI). I suspect that in name and in deed, it will remind you a great deal of SOPA and PIPA, the two bills we barely defeated by shutting down half the internet in …

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Feb 08 2012

The Worldwide Copyfight

The Sky Is Rising infographic - demonstrating that copyrighted content is generating MORE revenue, and even more content, in the new environment of the internet than ever before

And yet, the content middleman industry lumbers on, as only a dying cash cow can.

Jan 21 2012

RCimT: The SOPA / PIPA protest has had direct results

Harry Reid has postponed PIPA indefinitely after information about who’s doing the lobbying for it came out, and after the protests peeled off 25-odd House reps and galvanized another 50 against the proposed laws. These laws may be well and truly dead this time. But there’s still some ripple effects to be had.

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Jan 19 2012

Russia Times on SOPA/PIPA media blackout

With all the fooforaw surrounding the Republican race-to-the-bottom, the mainstream media has effectively ignored SOPA and PIPA. This is why we, the residents of the Internet, need to fight it. Yesterday, your access to Freethought Blogs was slightly inconvenienced via a splash page. Your access to Wikipedia was inconvenienced with a Javascript pop-over blackout. Your …

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Jan 18 2012

What? No new content today?

This is what a protest looks like. Get used to suddenly finding no new content, or no content at all, at completely arbitrary websites anywhere on the internet, if you don’t do something to stop SOPA / PIPA. PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. If you can’t …

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Jan 17 2012

SOPA not yet dead

Despite what I said in the title of my recent post, it appears SOPA’s being put on hold by the Republicans was a temporary measure and it will return far sooner than any of us could have hoped. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith issued a press release stating that markup will resume in February. …

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Jan 17 2012

SOPA is dead, long live PIPA (or: Computer Armageddon, here we come!)

The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is an empirically bad thing. Cory Doctorow has an hour-long talk explaining the road to this onerous set of laws, this spider-swallowing to catch a fly to borrow Doctorow’s analogy, but the route to this terrible toll bridge on the information superhighway is less interesting than the toll itself. …

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