• 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 Tuesday's vote on the… 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 info page, and the effort generated 360,000 emails to Congress. Here's how it stacked up… 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 to run their… 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 slimy "anti-piracy" bills currently worming their ways… 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 to… 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 this… Read More

  •’s Anti-SOPA Message Is Subtle, But Wonderfully Symbolic’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 (that's not at all the point)… Read More