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January 20, 2012
15:38 // 2 years ago
There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved.
Sen. Harry Reid • Discussing his decision to effectively shelve PIPA for now, while the Senate works through its issues with the legislation. The bill isn’t dead, though, just getting reworked. Reid hopes that Sen. Patrick Leahy, the guy behind the bill, will do his best ”to forge a balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the Internet.” The bill was supposed to face a vote Tuesday, but no longer. It might show up later, though.
11:20 // 2 years ago
11:05 // 2 years ago
January 19, 2012
The truth of the matter is, the law [SOPA] is far too intrusive, far too expansive… it would have a potentially depressing impact on one of the fastest growing industries in America. …I’m standing with freedom.

Mitt Romney, coming out against SOPA. He was in good company; all four candidates spoke against SOPA, with Rick Santorum being the only to qualify his opposition with a call for more work to protect intellectual property online.

More debate coverage: ShortFormBlog | DC Decoder

21:16 // 2 years ago
I favor freedom…The idea that we’re going to preemptively have the government start censoring the internet on behalf of giant corporations and economic interests strikes me as exactly the wrong thing to do.

Newt Gingrich on SOPA.

More debate coverage: ShortFormBlog | DC Decoder

21:13 // 2 years ago

Wikipedia’s blackout funnels huge number to look up congresspeople

  • 8 million users looked up their House Rep. by Wikipedia yesterday source

» Well, that sure worked: During the “great blackout” yesterday, one of the only things you actually could do with Wikipedia was get the information about your local congressperson, so to lodge a complaint against the SOPA and PIPA legislations that were the order of the day. This stripping down to such a basic, singular function proved to have just the effect Wikipedia had hoped for, as evidenced by the figure above; this surge in popular outcry clearly rattled quite a few on Capitol Hill, as numerous former supporters have changed their tunes.

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15:32 // 2 years ago
14:40 // 2 years ago
washingtonpoststyle:

Our inaugural Wikipedia, at 12:01 am, on the occasion of the site’s return.
Don’t judge. We never saw that show.

And a million schoolkids breathed a sigh of relief. (BTW, in case you missed anything from Wednesday’s Great Blackout, here’s how our day went.)

washingtonpoststyle:

Our inaugural Wikipedia, at 12:01 am, on the occasion of the site’s return.

Don’t judge. We never saw that show.

And a million schoolkids breathed a sigh of relief. (BTW, in case you missed anything from Wednesday’s Great Blackout, here’s how our day went.)

0:07 // 2 years ago
January 18, 2012
22:44 // 2 years ago

Three reasons understanding SOPA is important

  • one It could empower action against foreign websites which, let alone actively engaging in copyright infringement, merely “facilitate” it. This could place an enormous burden on proprietors for the deeds of their random readers and commenters.
  • two The definition of “facilitate?” Broadly used, “to make easier.” This is very vague, and could have serious unintended effects. For instance, does Youtube make it easier for piracy to occur? Undoubtedly. Should the site itself be liable for that?
  • three Upload a copyrighted song to Youtube that nets big viewership, and you could be in deeper trouble. Each view adds to the amount a plaintiff can accuse you of costing them, racking up heavy charges (this could result in Youtube-based felony convictions). source

» A great breakdown: Mashable’s dissection of the entire SOPA bill, in case you haven’t read it, does wonders in terms of clearing up what on its face is a confusing piece of legislation. It’s a solid breakdown that cuts through the legalese.

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22:41 // 2 years ago