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Senator Reid: PIPA Vote Postponed

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

What Megaupload Teaches Us About the Cloud, SOPA and Backups

from Mashable! by Christina Warren

Who Did the Most to Bury SOPA? [POLL]

from Mashable! by Chris Taylor

The Week That Killed SOPA: A Timeline

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick


Senate postpones PIPA vote

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

The Internet Spoke and, Finally, Congress Listened!

from EFF.org Updates by corynne
The misguided proponents of the disastrous Internet blacklist bills have blinked. Today, Senator Harry Reidannounced he would postpone a cloture vote on PIPA scheduled for next Tuesday, which means, as a practical matter, that the bill is dead for now.  Shortly after that announcement, Representative Lamar Smith issued astatement conceding PIPA’s evil House stepsister, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also wasn’t ready for prime time.


SOPA Is Dead: Smith Pulls Bill

from Mashable! by Todd Wasserman


SOPA is dead

from Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder

European Politicians Didn?t Like SOPA Any More Than You [VIDEO]

from Mashable! by Emily Banks

European politicians should be happy today. The Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act barely breathing (some would say they?re dead), after both sponsors delayed and withdrew their respective bills. European politicians would likely agree that the bills are finally on the right path, because they wouldn?t support such legislation in Europe either.

Facebook ?Relieved? That SOPA Is Dead

from Mashable! by Christina Warren


RIP SOPA: The Internet Kills Its Attackers

from Mashable! by Chris Taylor


SOPA Debate: Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales vs. Sandra Aistars of Copyright Alliance

from Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder

Internet Blackout Day Fires Up Digital Rights Activism Around the World

from EFF.org Updates by katitza
Yesterday was a defining moment for the global Internet community. The effects of the massive online blackout in protest of U.S. Internet blacklist legislation, SOPA and PIPA (H.R. 3261 and S. 968), were felt around the world as countless numbers of websites, including Google, Wikipedia, Mozilla, Reddit, BoingBoing, Flickr,Wired, and many others joined in the global action against over-broad and poorly drafted copyright laws that would break the fundamental architecture of the Internet. To quote [pdf] last year?s landmark Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion: ?…Censorship measures should never be delegated to a private entity, and [..] no one should be held liable for content on the Internet of which they are not the author…? The massive opposition from both companies and individuals around the world demonstrates how much these and similar laws would hurt business and innovation, and most importantly, restrict online free expression.

After Historic Protest, Members of Congress Abandon PIPA and SOPA in Droves

from EFF.org Updates by trevor

Yesterday, in the largest online protest in Internet history, more than 115,000 websites altered millions of web pages to stand in opposition to SOPA and PIPA, the Internet blacklist bills. Some sites ? Wikipedia, Reddit, Boing Boing, Craigslist and others ? completely shut down for the day, replacing their sites with material to educate the public about the bill?s dangers. Others, like Google and Mozilla, sent users to a petition or action center to express their concerns to Congress.

?We The Lobby? Crowdsources Funds for an Anti-SOPA Lobby

from Mashable! by Zoe Fox

The SOPA Blackout and Three Channels of Influence

from The Meta-Activism Project by admin
Note: This post by David Karpf, Assistant Professor in the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, was originally published on shouting loudly.

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So? this happened yesterday.  It?s too early to pronounce SOPA firmly dead, but clearly the blackout proved to be an epic tactical win.

No more back room deals — Users must have a voice in governing the Internet

from EFF.org Updates by kurt
MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd gave an interview to the New York Times yesterday, in which “Mr. Dodd said he would welcome a summit meeting between Internet companies and content companies, perhaps convened by the White House, that could lead to a compromise.” While framed by the Times as his acceptance of defeat (the MPAA had rejected a prior meeting), the article shows that Dodd still doesn’t get it.


Twitter Reacts to SOPA?s Burial

from Mashable! by Sam Laird


Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea

from Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder


SOPA: Big Content loses a fight with the Internet

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Writing in Mother Jones, Siddhartha Mahanta and Nick Baumann describe the unprecedented legislative difficulty that the entertainment lobby faces today in Congress. The MPAA was able to win a legislative battle with Wall Street’s over “movie futures,” but they’re losing the fight to pass SOPA and PIPA, and they’re losing to people, not lobbyists.

Hollywood Studios, MPAA to Attempt to Neutralize SOPA Protests With Ad Campaign [REPORT]

from Mashable! by Todd Wasserman


SOPA/PIPA aren’t a failure to understand the Internet; they arise from self-interested fear of free speech

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Writing in the Guardian, Dan Gillmor argues that SOPA and PIPA aren’t foolishly extreme because their proponents don’t understand the net; rather, they are extreme because their proponents understand that the net breaks the monopoly of the powerful over communications and organizing.

Senators behind PIPA are a bunch of copyright infringers

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow


Cyberspace’s creator says SOPA is Draconian

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
William Gibson weighs in on SOPA/PIPA: “I think that SOPA as it stands now, or as it stood before they paused to think about it, is extremely ill thought out, and a basically crazily Draconian piece of legislation.”


Kill SOPA Facebook App: Too Little, Too Late

from All Facebook by David Cohen


Internet Users to Congress: We Hate SOPA

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

How the Internet blackout affected congressional support for PIPA/SOPA

Where the funny piracy numbers used to justify SOPA/PIPA spring from

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Writing for Cato At Liberty, Ars Technica alum Julian Sanchez has a timely redux of the research he did on how the made-up piracy numbers quoted during debates about SOPA and PIPA come from, and how little relation they bear to reality. It seems like every discussion of SOPA/PIPA includes a phrase like “Everyone agrees that piracy is huge problem,” but in fact, the “huge problem” they’re agreeing on has been inflated to farcical proportions through the most transparent financial funny business.

Mitt Romney: SOPA is a Threat to Freedom of Speech

from Mashable! by Sam Laird

Google?s Crawl Rate Slowed for SOPA; Bing Sped Up [VIDEO]

from Mashable! by Mashable Video

Search giant Google joined in the SOPA protest Wednesday, not just with its blacked-out Doodle, but by agreeing to slow down its crawl rates during the Internet blackout. This meant sites that blacked out their pages wouldn?t suffer in search rankings.

Could SOPA Rise From the Dead?

from Mashable! by Lance Ulanoff

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