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  • Ari Emanuel Told Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway That He’ll Help Them Fight SOPA

    Ari Emanuel Told Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway That He’ll Help Them Fight SOPA

    During the Q&A of a press conference for the SFCiti initiative, investor Ron Conway told a pretty interesting story about a meeting he had yesterday with William Morris CEO Ari Emanuel and Marc Andreessen in Southern California. “These bills are tantamount to censorship on the Internet,” Conway said, segueing into the anecdote where Andreessen apparently asked Emanuel whether… Read More

  • The Parable Of The Wheel

    The Parable Of The Wheel

    There’s a war brewing against the Internet, and it’s not just SOPA (the bill in Congress that threatens to break the Internet in the name of fighting overseas content piracy). It is, in the words of Cory Doctorow, a “war on general-purpose computing.” (read his post, “Lockdown,” on BoingBoing if you haven’t already). What he means is that in trying… Read More

  • As Congress Resumes Discussing SOPA And PIPA, Show Your Opposition With #BlackoutSOPA

    As Congress Resumes Discussing SOPA And PIPA, Show Your Opposition With #BlackoutSOPA

    It’s 2012, and the uncorruptible and brilliant technical minds in Congress are back from vacation and once again working to pass two bills that would rewrite (and most likely ruin) how our internet works. So here’s another way to tell the world how you feel about the underhandedly titled Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the PROTECT IP Act in the Senate. Go to a new site… Read More

  • SOPA, Freedom, And The Invisible War

    SOPA, Freedom, And The Invisible War

    While laughable in scope and reach (not to mention ridiculous in terms of potential enforcement) the Stop Online Piracy Act is seen as a very real threat to our freedom to, in short, surf the Internet. Although its ramifications are far more draconian than I’m letting on here, I posit that the government is the least of our concern when it comes to online freedom. Let’s catch up… Read More

  • Burned By Fleeing Customers, GoDaddy No Longer Just ‘Doesn’t Support’ But Actually “OPPOSES” SOPA

    Burned By Fleeing Customers, GoDaddy No Longer Just ‘Doesn’t Support’ But Actually “OPPOSES” SOPA

    Just in time for the aptly named “Dump Go Daddy” day, our favorite PR pinata GoDaddy just emailed a number of press, with a fresh statement from new CEO Warren Adelman. From the email … The statement is from our newly appointed CEO, who makes it clear, we don’t just ‘not support SOPA,’ Go Daddy OPPOSES SOPA. Read More

  • GoDaddy Officially Removed From The House’s List Of SOPA Supporters

    GoDaddy Officially Removed From The House’s List Of SOPA Supporters

    When GoDaddy publicly recanted their support of SOPA last week, many were quick to point out that such an act didn’t really mean much. As far as the Judiciary Committee overseeing SOPA was concerned, GoDaddy was still a supporter. That’s been changed, it seems. In the latest version of the US House Of Representatives’ SOPA Supporters list (heads up: it’s a PDF)… Read More

  • Gilmor Gang - Down with Apps

    Gillmor Gang 12.24.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — took a WiFi stroll through the forest that is Hollywood’s attempt to lock down our TVs. It’s really too late, what with SOPA boycotts, reverse engineering of the Apple AirPlay bus, and Microsoft’s slow fade from CES underway. But that doesn’t stop the Cartel from trying. It may… Read More

  • Congressman Bill Owens on the Stop Online Piracy Act

    The Congressional Grill: House Co-Sponsor Defends SOPA (TCTV)

    The Internet is up in arms about the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and for good reason. It could potentially block and censor sites for alleged copyright infringement without full due process. Companies that support the bill are facing boycotts (GoDaddy just withdrew its support for this reason). But people on the two sides of the debate still don’t see eye to eye, which is why… Read More

  • GoDaddy No Longer Supports SOPA

    GoDaddy No Longer Supports SOPA

    Surprise! GoDaddy has just recanted their support of SOPA, issuing a press release and blasting out a massive mountain of tweets on the matter. This comes just hours after they were seemingly cementing their position, shrugging off the boycotts as something that had yet to cause “any impact to [their] business”. Read More

  • Over 40 Internet Companies Come Out Publicly Against SOPA (Including Us)

    Over 40 Internet Companies Come Out Publicly Against SOPA (Including Us)

    Since the list of 120 or so SOPA supporting companies hit the Internet yesterday, the lines have been drawn; People are publicly promising to pull thousands of domains from domain registrar Godaddy after it appeared on the list as a supporter. Other people are calling those people “bullies.” Whether you’re for or against SOPA has become somewhat of a pain point amongst… Read More

  • Cheezburger’s Ben Huh: If GoDaddy Supports SOPA, We’re Taking Our 1000+ Domains Elsewhere

    Cheezburger’s Ben Huh: If GoDaddy Supports SOPA, We’re Taking Our 1000+ Domains Elsewhere

    And the anti-SOPA rallying of the tech world’s best continues. Just minutes after Ycombinator’s Paul Graham disclosed that SOPA-friendly companies would be blacklisted from the YC Demo Day, Cheezburger (as in I Can Has Cheeseburger, FAIL Blog, Know Your Meme, etc.) CEO Ben Huh has announced that they will be moving their array of over 1,000 domains away from GoDaddy unless the… Read More

  • Paul Graham: SOPA Supporting Companies No Longer Allowed At YC Demo Day

    Paul Graham: SOPA Supporting Companies No Longer Allowed At YC Demo Day

    At this point quite a few internet companies have protested H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in creative ways. Held by many to be the worst thing to ever happen to the Internet if it passes, SOPA would makes it really easy for copyright holders to force sites offline that they think are offending, among other things.\ While the judiciary vote has been delayed until next year, the… Read More

  • Scribd Protests SOPA By Making A Billion Pages On The Web Disappear

    Scribd Protests SOPA By Making A Billion Pages On The Web Disappear

    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is delayed in Congress, but it is definitely not dead. The media company lobbyists and their Congressmen (hello, Lamar Smith!) are simply regrouping. Some of the more controversial aspects of the bill include transferring liability for copyright infringement to sites that host user-generated content and blocking that content via DNS servers. To highlight… Read More

  • Stanford Law Review: SOPA Unconstitutional, Would Break The Internet

    Stanford Law Review: SOPA Unconstitutional, Would Break The Internet

    The Stanford Law Review has posted a concise and informed takedown of SOPA and PROTECT-IP, the bills currently creeping their way towards votes in their respective legislative bodies. They make many of the same objections I brought up in my article Kill Switch, but with fewer words and more authority. The piece was authored by Mark Lemley, David S. Levine, and David G. Post — from… Read More

  • SOPA Delayed – But Not For Long

    SOPA Delayed – But Not For Long

    The extremely unpopular SOPA bill was supposed to be the last order of business today as the House Judiciary Committee prepared to break for the holidays, but a parade of objections and amendments (over 50) kept the bill in discussion and at last the committee adjourned without resolving the issues. What was expected in this contingency was for the committee to resume work whenever the… Read More

  • USV's Brad Burnham on Why SOPA Must Be Stopped

    Brad Burnham Explains Why SOPA Must Be Stopped

    The Congressional Judiciary committee is debating a bill today called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which nobody in the Internet industry wants to see passed. Not surprisingly, the bill was written by lobbyists for the music and movie industries, who are frustrated by their inability to go after foreign sites filled with pirated material. The piracy problem is real, but the proposed… Read More

  • Judge Applies SOPA-Esque Solution To Hundreds Of Counterfeit Goods Sites

    Judge Applies SOPA-Esque Solution To Hundreds Of Counterfeit Goods Sites

    The much-maligned SOPA bill is facing a lot of heat as much of the tech industry sets its weight against it. But while the legislation is being discussed, its extreme solutions to criminal online sites are already being adopted. A judge in Nevada has ordered that 228 websites be seized, their domain names transferred, and their listings removed from search engines. There are several… Read More

  • Tumblr Takes Fight Against SOPA Up A Notch, ‘Censors’ User Dashboards

    Tumblr Takes Fight Against SOPA Up A Notch, ‘Censors’ User Dashboards

    Congress is in the process of kneecapping the web as we know it with a House bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act (a similar bill, called the Protect IP Act, is in the Senate). In a misguided attempt to curb piracy on the web, the bills would introduce website blocking at the DNS level, among other things, in a way that would effectively amount to censorship. And they could… Read More

  • Eric Schmidt Doubles Down On SOPA Bill, Describing It As “Censorship,” “Draconian”

    Eric Schmidt Doubles Down On SOPA Bill, Describing It As “Censorship,” “Draconian”

    We’ve already articulated our stance on the PROTECT IP, SOPA, E-PARASITE, or whatever you want to call it bill, which creates a dangerous precedent of blacklisting domains and concentrates power on rights-holders, and remains vague enough to be easily abused. Eric Schmidt has already spoken out against it, saying that Google would not comply with its restrictions. Today he upped the… Read More

  • Kill Switch

    Kill Switch

    The so-called PROTECT IP act is under fire again as it enters the process of becoming law. We’ve talked about it on this blog before and no doubt the discussion will continue after it passes or is rejected, but it’s important at this critical moment that everyone concerned weigh in and make an unambiguous statement regarding the quality of this bill. So then: PROTECT IP is a… Read More