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Even more web sites join SOPA/PIPA protests

 

Earlier today a number of web sites including Wikipedia, Minecraft.net and others went dark for a planned 24 hour protest of the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. At 8 am Eastern time this morning a number of other web sites decided to go dark for 12 hours, until 8 pm tonight, for their own protests of SOPA and PIPA.

The highest profile web site that has shut down for 12 hours today is Reddit.com. The site is currently displaying the above image as well as information about both bills that are currently being debated before the US Congress. That site has been joined by several others including BoingBoing.netMoveOn.Org,Bluesnews.comDestructoid.com, the Consumer Electronics Association‘s web site and more. TheGamasutra gaming news web site is still up but they have indicated they won’t update the site with any news stories for 12 hours. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Tech-News

 

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PIPA co-sponsor drops support for his own Bill

When you craft a Bill that can restrict the freedom of the Internet, you are not going to be liked by many. Fortunately, one of the co-sponsors of PIPA has dropped support for his own bill after realizing that it was a terrible idea to begin with according to his Facebook page.

Senator Marco Rubio, a co-sponsor of the PIPA Bill has had a change of heart and has pulled his support for the Bill. He states on his Facebook page:

I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.

The good news is that he has pulled his support, the bad news is that PIPA and SOPA are still around. But for PIPA, this is a major blow to the credibility of the Bill. Senator Rubio does state that Internet Piracy still needs to be addressed but PIPA would inhibit the freedom of the Internet.

​The usual banter that PIPA would actually protect jobs was the reason behind the Bill but at the end of the day, it would have killed the Internet that we know today. Consider this one small step in the direction of protecting our Internet freedom but the fight is far from over.

 
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Mark Zuckerberg reveals his opposition to SOPA/PIPA

You would think that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg would not be in favor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or the Protect IP Act (PIPA). If you though that, you were proven correct today. On the daythat many web sites are going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA, Zuckerberg made a rare public post onboth his Facebook page and, for the first time in almost three years, on his Twitter page to give his views on both bills.

Zuckerberg’s Facebook page gives a more detailed stance on SOPA and PIPA with Zuckerberg writing:

The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet.

The world today needs political leaders who are pro-internet. We have been working with many of these folks for months on better alternatives to these current proposals. I encourage you to learn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-internet.

Zuckerberg also posted a link to Facebook’s Washington DC page which has more information about the company’s official stance on SOPA and PIPA.

 
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SOPA/PIPA protest hits the real world in New York City

The current black out of a number of web sites today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) has now crossed over into the real world. News.com reports that as many as 2,000 people gathered today in midtown Manhattan in New York City. Some of the people in the crowd held up signs, one of which said, “Imagine a world without knowledge.”

Some of the protesters went to gather in front of the New York City offices of New York-based US Senator Charles Schumer, one of the co-sponsors of the PIPA bill. That legislation is currently scheduled to be voted on by the Senate on January 24. As we reported earlier, another co-sponsor of the PIPA bill, Senator Marco Rubio, has announced that he is withdrawing his support of PIPA and asking that the vote on PIPA be delayed.

News.com also reports that a number of other Senators and members of the House of Representatives are now withdrawing their own support of SOPA and PIPA or at least saying that the bills should be rewritten. For example, Senator Roy Blunt of Montana has announced, “I’m withdrawing my co-sponsorship for the Protect IP Act.”

 
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