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Engine Still Running Anti-SOPA Google Ads

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 19 2012

TechPresident spotted an anti-SOPA Google ad today on Daily Kos, next to Markos Moulitsas' takedown of Democrats who refuse to back away from the Stop Online Piracy Act. The ad comes from Engine, an advocacy outfit put together late last year to advocate on behalf of Internet industry. A great many lawmakers washed their hands of the controversial anti-piracy bill and its companion Senate legislation yesterday — and nearly all of them were Republicans. Moulitsas is not pleased. Read More

Talking About the Internet Blackout, By the Numbers

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, January 19 2012

When the Internet is blacked out, it does not stand still, as data from participating websites, the major social networking sites and search data indicates the wide online reach of yesterday's day of action against SOPA and PIPA. Read More

About SOPA, Law Prof Asks: Is Corporate Political Speech Suddenly Okay With You?

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 18 2012

UCLA Law School professor Eugene Volokh challenges the idea that people who like today's "blackout" protests by Internet companies can also dislike the now-lowered limits on corporate speech thanks to the Citizens United decision. Read More

Facebook on Piracy: SOPA/PIPA "Are Not the Right Solution"

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 18 2012

Facebook DC has published a page stating its position on the Stop Online Piracy Act. On online copyright infringement, the company believes SOPA and companion Senate legislation "are not the right solution to this problem." Read More

First POST: Long Dark Day Of the Internet

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 18 2012

Photo: Jeffk / Flickr

Many of the Internet's biggest and most influential sites have replaced access to their content with dark backgrounds and a call to action against the Stop Online Piracy Act, legislation that creates a channel for copyright holders to quickly compel Internet infrastructure and search providers to shun foreign websites accused of widespread copyright infringement. From Wikipedia to Reddit — which promised to black out its site beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time Jan. 18 — to BoingBoing, this is an unprecedented level of action by Internet companies. Read why techPresident also opposes SOPA and its companion Senate legislation and check back for more updates about action around SOPA throughout the day. Read More

SOPA: In Congress, Who's For And Who's Against, And Why? Mashing Up Public Data, SOPAOpera.org Offers Suggestions

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, January 10 2012

SOPAOpera.org, a project of ProPublica Developer/Journalist Dan Nguyen.

ProPublica's Dan Nguyen has put together a beautiful and amazingly useful new site that serves as a quick and easy reference point regarding who is for and against a pair of controversial online intellectual property protection bills currently speeding through Congress. Read More

Is Tumblr Protecting Its Users From the Big, Bad Internet?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 3 2012

A browser extension that expands on Tumblr, Missing e, has over 275,000 users on Chrome and almost 25,000 on Firefox, according to its official add-on pages for each browser. It modifies the look and feel of Tumblr to add several new features — something that Tumblr has taken issue with for months and which Mashable noted in a pretty comprehensive tick-tock in August. This puts Tumblr, known for its stance on the Stop Online Piracy Act as a champion of user rights, in a bit of an awkward position: In this case, it's the entity seeking to block access to a popular and by all accounts useful piece of software. Read More

#SOPA Update: No House Session, No Bill Markup

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, December 20 2011

A spokeswoman for the House Judiciary Committee sends:

We have received notice that the House of Representatives will not be in session tomorrow. As such, the markup on the Stop Online Piracy Act has been postponed until the House is again in session. At this point, we expect that to be early next year. We will send an update over the break if anything changes.
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Stop Online Piracy Act Hijinx May Resume Wednesday

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 19 2011

Committee markup for the Stop Online Piracy Act is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told techPresident today that'll happen if Congress is still in session — which is still uncertain. Read More

Stop Online Piracy Act Delayed

BY Nick Judd | Friday, December 16 2011

Reddit and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee issued a joint statement on the temporary halt of progress for the Stop Online Piracy Act: "Because of immense public pressure, the House Judiciary Committee cancelled their vote on the bill that would kill Internet innovation and free speech -- and adjourned for the rest of the year!" It's not clear if Judiciary really is done through the end of the year, but it could be true. On Kickstarter, there's also this: "I fought SOPA and all I got was this stupid t-shirt." Read More