SOPA and PIPA are dead, for now

Color me impressed! I'm usually cynical about protests actually accomplishing anything, but it looks like this one did for at least a little while. Certainly the issue isn't going to go away and there is an argument to be made that some form of legislation is needed, but SOPA/PIPA wasn't the right approach. #seb #politics #SOPA #protests

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Internet wins: SOPA and PIPA both shelved
Just hours after Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he was delaying a vote on the PROTECT IP Act, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, followed suit and announced he would be delaying consideration of the companion legislation.

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said. "It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem…

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Senators pushing PIPA are pirates? That's unPOSSIBLE!

Actually, it demonstrates that the Senators in question aren't even familiar with the issue they're trying to legislate. How can you possibly craft and support good legislation on an issue you don't have a good understanding of? I doubt any of these Senators was aware he or she had violated copyright in the use of the pictures on their sites, but according to the law they could be fined up to $250,000 for the infringement (let alone jail time). Perhaps it's time the folks in Washington actually took the time to educate themselves about copyright and piracy before they try pass anymore laws aimed at curbing piracy.

Naahhh, it's not like Big Media would go after any of them even if they were knowingly pirating stuff. Hell, they probably get most of it for free from Big Media as it is anyway so they're only really pirating from the small-timers and independents who couldn't afford to sue them if they wanted to. #seb #copyright #sopa #piracy #laws #politics

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Senators behind PIPA are a bunch of copyright infringers
Vice's Jamie Lee Curtis Taete continues to investigate the copyright shenanigans that SOPA and PIPA's authors get up to (see the saga of how SOPA author Lamar Smith (R-TX) ripped off the photo on the front page of his website).

Now Taete is digging into PIPA supporters, having a quick look at their Twitter profile photos and websites, and yup, the Senators backing PIPA are a bunch of depraved pirates.

This is a screencap of PIPA co-sponsor Roy Blunt's Twitter page from a couple of days ago….

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The RIAA tries to be snarky and just pisses people off. And…

The RIAA tries to be snarky and just pisses people off.

And the wonder why the general public hates them. #google+ #RIAA #Politics #SOPA

RIAA Reminds Us Why We Hate Them With Obnoxious Smartass Tweet (Updated) [Sopa]

This tweet from the RIAA's Senior Vice President of Communications is just about the most asinine thing we've read all day. Way to totally trivialize an issue that millions of people care passionately about. Updated below
We understand that SOPA blackout day is probably a bummer if you're the mouthpiece for the RIAA, but here's a tip from your friends in that terrifying blogosphere: If you want to convince the public (you know, those people you like to sue) that you aren't a bunch of assholes…

Dave sums up the problems with SOPA/PIPA eloquently. It’s a…

Dave sums up the problems with SOPA/PIPA eloquently.

It's a bad bill and it will cause no end of problems for everyone.#google+ #politics #SOPA #Copyright

My consolidated nattering on SOPA and PIPA

Here are my thoughts on SOPA and PIPA, consolidating about a dozen other posts I could have written today. Copyright is a cool thing . Creators should have their creations protected. They should also be able to profit by selling their rights to something to a third party, who should then be able to profit from it. For some length of time, at least. Copyright has also been dreadfully abused by Big Media, among others – leveraging extensions of copyright periods ad infinitum, abuse of copyright…

I trust Lamar Smith about as far as I could throw him

I've read the bill along with reports from legal analysts who at least appear to know what they're talking about and I definitely think it's going to be abused by the folks who want it most for everything they think they can get away with. Be that quasi-legitimate claims to full-on censorship of stuff they don't like. You can sure as hell kiss Fair Use goodbye if it comes to pass. #seb #Politics #SOPA #Copyright

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SOPA Sponsor Accuses Wikipedia Of Spreading Misinformation
Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act that has moved a number of sites, including Craigslist and Reddit to shut down for the day, accuses the biggest name involved in the blackouts, Wikipedia, of doing a disservice to its users by inciting outrage over the piece of legislation.

"It is ironic that a website dedicated to providing information is spreading misinformation about the Stop Online Piracy Act," Smith said in a statement released yesterday. "The bill wil…

The MPAA is crying about websites going dark being an abuse of power?

It's nothing compared to what the MPAA, RIAA, and other media companies will do with SOPA and PIPA if they pass. Hell, they're already abusing the hell out of the DMCA take down rules and YouTube's automated infringement system. Imagine if they suddenly gained the ability to have any website anywhere yanked from the net just based on an accusation of infringement whether real or imagined. #seb #MPAA #SOPA #Protests #Politics #Copyright

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The sheer mendacity of this is amazing, especially coming from a former U.S. Senator.

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The MPAA Says Blackout Protests Are an Abuse of Power
Tomorrow huge sites like Wikipedia and Reddit will "blackout" in protest of SOPA, and the MPAA doesn't like the behavior of these "technology business interests"one bit.
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The #sopa stream is flowing fast tonight.

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Google+ stream: SOPA
See the latest about SOPA and find people who share your interests. Google+ search streams bring you updates from your circles, public Google+ posts and news from around the web.

The protests against SOPA appear to be working… somewhat

It's good that the MPAA and a couple of Senators are backtracking on the DNS filtering aspect of the bill, but it sounds like it's just an attempt to make the rest of the crappy legislation more palatable and then they'll come back later and try to get the DNS filtering passed separately. The whole stinking mess needs to be scrapped. #seb #politics #laws #SOPA #MPAA

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Reeling MPAA declares DNS filtering "off the table"
Reeling from a broad Internet backlash, the Motion Picture Associaton of America has conceded that DNS filtering will not be included in the anti-piracy bills now making their way through Congress.

"DNS filtering is really off the table," said Paul Brigner, the MPAA's tech policy chief, on Tuesday. His remarks came during a debate on SOPA at the State of the Net conference in Washington DC. The event was sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee.

"The future of our i…

A list of the companies pushing SOPA.

Most of these are exactly what you’d expect, but there’s a few that boggle the mind. Why the hell would L’Oreal give a shit about SOPA? Are they worried we’re pirating their hair colors or something?

All the Companies Supporting SOPA, the Awful Internet Censorship Law—and How to Contact Them [Sopa]

Who’s officially on the record backing what could be the worst thing to ever happen to the internet? All of these companies listed below. Don’t take our word for it—this list comes straight from Congress. Just FYI.
If you want to get in touch, we’ve provided a contact list below. Maybe you want to let them know how you feel about SOPA.
SOPA Supporters
60 Plus Association:
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP): 703-539-ASOP (2767)

I would like to think we’re better than that…

I would like to think we’re better than that…

…but I worry that we’re not. I don’t even know if we can stop it in the face of the money and influence of the big media companies. Though that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

Adam Savage on SOPA: “We’re better than that”

James sez, “MythBuster Adam Savage joins the growing chorus of opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act.”

Honestly, if a friend wrote these into a piece of fiction about government oversight gone amok, I’d have to tell them that they were too one-dimensional, too obviously anticonstitutional.
The Internet is probably the most important technological advancement of my lifetime. Its strength lies in its open architecture and its ability to allow a framework where all voices …