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Internet blacklist? Congress continues to pretend that SOPA actually is the law

Congress Continues To Pretend That SOPA Actually Is The Law (via Techdirt) One of the more troubling aspects that we’ve seen in the past few years is that, despite SOPA failing to pass in Congress, thanks to widespread public outcry, various copyright interests have continued to look for ways to…

Lobbyists behind SOPA now wooing Silicon Valley companies

Chamber Of Commerce, Main Lobbyists Behind SOPA, Suddenly Wooing Silicon Valley (via Techdirt) The US Chamber of Commerce doesn’t have a particularly good reputation among innovators for a very good reason. It’s the epitome of protecting legacy players from innovation, using backroom lobbying and dealmaking, and representing the interests of……

GoDaddy’s chief SOPA supporter Christine Jones running for Arizona Governor

As anyone who followed the SOPA fight remembers, GoDaddy was an early (and vocal) supporter of SOPA. This was mainly the work of its General Counsel, Christine Jones, who (prior to SOPA specifically being released) testified before Congress in support…  …

SOPA supporters await cash infusion from Netflix PAC

Video streaming giant Netflix has recognized the compelling financial logic behind Washington’s anti-piracy efforts. In a recent filing with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Netflix revealed that it has created its own political action committee called FLIXPAC, designed to support anti-piracy measures in Washington and the candidates that favor them.…

Maher defends SOPA, calls piracy ‘Caucasian looting’

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) maybe placed on the back burner for the moment. But that didn’t stop Bill Maher from providing support for future “anti-piracy” bills Friday evening. Maher explained that his view is based on illegal copies of his 2008 movie Religulous being downloaded online, calling concerns…

Announcement: Raw Story to go dark on January 18 to protest SOPA/PIPA

The news doesn’t stop. But if Congress passes the Stop Online Piracy Act or the Protect Intellectual Property Act, your access to it could — and the owners and publisher of Raw Story won’t stand for that. In protest of Congress’ interest in passing the legislation, Raw Story will join…

White House expresses concern over SOPA, anti-piracy bills

The Obama administration has joined in on the concern over the Internet anti-piracy bills being discussed in Congress. On the White House blog Saturday morning, administration officials responded to two petitions calling for President Obama to veto the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and any similar bills. “While we believe…

SOPA sponsors drop ‘break the Internet’ provision from bill

The most controversial provision of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has now been pulled from both the House and Senate versions of the bill. The provision in question would have required internet service providers to block the domain names of overseas websites accused of hosting content that was in…

Reddit to go dark Jan. 18 in protest of piracy bill

One of the most popular websites in the world, the heavily-trafficked social media forum Reddit.com, has announced that it will go dark on January 18 to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Reddit’s plans are hardly unique, but they are the first to confirm that their service will go…

Rep. Paul Ryan warns anti-piracy bill may lead to Internet ‘censorship’

One of the most conservative members of Congress signaled on Monday what may be the beginning of the end for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA): Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee and one of the GOP’s frontmen against so-called “job killing regulations,” has officially come…

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