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  • Viacom Vs. Center For Democracy and Technology

    TCTV Debate: Can SOPA Be Fixed Or Should It Stay Dead?

    The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been pulled and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) is on hold. The Internet won this round, it seems. But don’t celebrate just yet. The forces behind these acts are simply regrouping. Should SOPA and PIPA be killed, or can they be fixed? We invited Viacom’s General Counsel and EVP Michael Fricklas and David… Read More

  • Senator Harry Reid Caves: PIPA Postponed

    After a day of widespread online protests against a pair of bills in Congress, both bills have now been tabled. Hearings on the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) had already been cancelled, but the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) was still scheduled for a vote. This morning the sponsor of teh bill, Senator Harry Reid tweeted: “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone… Read More

  • SOPA Protests Sway Congress: 31 Opponents Yesterday, 122 Now

    SOPA Protests Sway Congress: 31 Opponents Yesterday, 122 Now

    Yesterday the Internet the internet cried out in protest of SOPA-PIPA, and congress heard us loud and clear. At the beginning of Janaury 18th, there were 80 members of congress who supported the legislation, and 31 opponents. Now, just 63 support SOPA-PIPA, and opposition has surged to 122, according to ProPublica. Now lets look at the breakdown by House, Senate, Democrat, and Republican, and… Read More

  • Mozilla’s Anti-SOPA Message Reached 40 Million People

    Mozilla’s Anti-SOPA Message Reached 40 Million People

    By blacking out the default Firefox start page and using social media, Mozilla reached 40 million people with its anti-SOPA/PIPA message. According to a stats wrap-up just posted to the Mozilla blog, 30 million people in the US saw the start page’s call to action, 1.8 million visited its mozilla.org/SOPA info page, and the effort generated 360,000 emails to Congress. Here’s how… Read More

  • SOPA Scorecard: Internet 1, Lobbyists 0

    SOPA Scorecard: Internet 1, Lobbyists 0

    You’ve got to feel sorry for the SOPA guys. They did all the right things. They got legislation introduced that would protect their industry from inconvenient threats — like that pesky Internet. They spent millions on lobbying from their $63m budget. And they even hired a high-profile, well-connected, just-out-of-Congress Senator for the bargain price of a $1.5 million base salary… Read More

  • SOPA and PIPA Protest, NYC

    TCTV: Hundreds Rally In The Streets Of NYC To Defend The Internet

    Yesterday, as some of the biggest sites on the web ‘blacked out’ in bold protests of the deeply flawed anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in several cities across the US to take the fight offline. Read More

  • SOPA and PIPA Protest at San Francisco Civic Center

    TCTV: Live At SF vs SOPA, The Biggest Tech Protest In Decades

    When you hear the words “San Francisco,” there’s a good chance that the word “protest” will also come to mind. Or, if you’re on a different wavelength, “Ron Conway.” But today, the city’s favorite pasttime and its top angel investor came together at a special appearance in Civic Center Plaza to speak out against SOPA and PIPA, the two… Read More

  • Google Collected 4.5 Million Anti-SOPA Signatures Today

    Google Collected 4.5 Million Anti-SOPA Signatures Today

    Google generally gets in hot water when it is thought to be abusing its pole position in the search industry. But it’s no use denying that while some moves skirt the edges of abusing monopoly, others are more than welcome. During natural disasters, for instance, Google has provided helpful links and resources for people who want to donate or volunteer. And their logo doodles pay homage… Read More

  • There Were More Than 2.4M Tweets About SOPA Today

    There Were More Than 2.4M Tweets About SOPA Today

    Today was the internet’s big protest day against SOPA and PIPA, and not surprisingly, there was plenty of discussion about the issue on Twitter. Specifically, the company tweeted that that there were more than 2.4 million SOPA-related tweets between midnight and 4pm Eastern time. Read More

  • Is This Activism?

    Is This Activism?

    Hundreds of websites (TechCrunch included) have gone dark or visibly changed their appearance as a protest against the Stop Online Privacy Act and its Senate doppelganger, the PROTECT IP Act. It’s a powerful statement and many are saying that it is already producing effects: Senators are changing positions, awareness is rising, and the opposition is becoming a dinner-table topic. But is… Read More

  • Turntable.fm’s Anti-SOPA Message Is Subtle, But Wonderfully Symbolic

    Turntable.fm’s Anti-SOPA Message Is Subtle, But Wonderfully Symbolic

    Regardless of where you stand on the SOPA battle, you’ve got to agree: seeing what seems to be the entire Internet come together to stand against something is incredible. Each company has a different approach, but their goal is the same: make sure everyone goes to sleep knowing what SOPA is. While I don’t want to turn today’s protests into a who-did-it-best battle… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg Posts Against SOPA, Suddenly Remembers Twitter Account

    Mark Zuckerberg Posts Against SOPA, Suddenly Remembers Twitter Account

    Facebook may not be opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act as prominently as some other websites — it’s not blacking out the site today, or even posting an anti-SOPA/PIPA message on its homepage — but CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke out against the legislation in a post on his Facebook account. Read More

  • Flickr Joins SOPA Protest, Lets Users Black Out Photos

    Flickr Joins SOPA Protest, Lets Users Black Out Photos

    This morning, online photo sharing site Flickr joined the growing number of web companies protesting the SOPA and PIPA legislation, which now include Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, and others. For a 24-hour period, starting today, Flickr is letting its members darken their own photos in an effort to raise awareness about the proposed, highly damaging legislation. But that’s not… Read More

  • In Face Of Protests, Congressmen Begin To Abandon SOPA Ship

    In Face Of Protests, Congressmen Begin To Abandon SOPA Ship

    The online uproar against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in Congress is already causing some in Washington to abandon the SOPA ship. A couple of co-sponsors of the bill are pulling their support. Representative Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) is no longer a co-sponsor, and Representative Lee Terry (R-Neb.) is also planning to remove his name from the co-sponsor list, according to Politico. Read More

  • Essay Due? Here’s How To Access Wikipedia During The SOPA Blackout

    Essay Due? Here’s How To Access Wikipedia During The SOPA Blackout

    As you can tell from the homepage, it’s a sad, trying day for the internet. Many of our favorite sites like Reddit and Wikipedia have gone dark, leaving only an argument against SOPA on their homepages in lieu of cat gifs and knowledge. All in all, it will shape up to be an incredibly boring day in the name of justice. Because to be honest, SOPA is unconstitutional in the way it’ll… Read More

  • WTF
    The Day The LOLcats Died, A Song Against SOPA

    The Day The LOLcats Died, A Song Against SOPA

    Today people take to the streets and black out the web to protest unfair piracy legislation. To the tune of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ they’ll be singing:
     “Why, why are laws a thing you can buy? / They got paid off, should be laid off, re-election denied / Our web means more than lawyers, lobbies and lies / So speak up before the internet dies / Speak up before… Read More

  • MPAA CEO Chris Dodd: Blackouts Turn Users Into “Corporate Pawns”

    MPAA CEO Chris Dodd: Blackouts Turn Users Into “Corporate Pawns”

    President and CEO of the Motion Pictures Association of America Chris Dodd has issued a strongly-worded statement regarding tomorrow’s planned outages and protests relating to the SOPA and PIPA legislation. If you didn’t already think the MPAA was a ship of fools, this will convince you once and for all. Read More

  • Ohanian on SOPA and PIPA

    Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian On SOPA: “The Fight Isn’t Over”

    Supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) may be on the run in the face of growing online protests, but SOPA and its Senate counterpart, PIPA, is not dead yet. “The fight isn’t over,” Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian tells me in the TCTV video interview above. Read More

  • Yes, Google Will Protest SOPA on its Homepage

    Yes, Google Will Protest SOPA on its Homepage

    Tomorrow, Google’s US homepage will include a link declaring its opposition to the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Act. The news was reported on CNET and confirmed by Google in a statement emailed to TechCrunch. Read More

  • Wikipedia Will Go Dark On January 18 To Protest SOPA And PIPA

    Wikipedia Will Go Dark On January 18 To Protest SOPA And PIPA

    Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales wanted to send a “big message” to the U.S. government regarding the two heinous internet censorship bills currently being considered, and after a brief period of debate the world’s encyclopedia will soon do just that. The Wikipedia founder announced on Twitter today that starting at midnight on Wednesday, January 18, the English language version… Read More