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SOPA

Rights of Passage

Don’t Worry, President Obama Will Veto CISPA — Unless the Senate Has a Different Version

Your “small government” lawmakers are at it again, passing laws in the U.S. House of Representatives that give the government — namely, agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency — the power to basically obliterate your privacy — in this case, via private businesses, namely large corporations. The good news is that President Obama has threatened to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) if it made its way through Congress, due to its vastly overreaching provisions. However, while he has come out against the House bill, what if the Senate tones things down a bit?

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the internet is serious business

This Is A Doo-Wop Love Song To The Internet [VIDEO]

Haven’t we all sung to the internet at one point or another? Written by Hannah Hart, “Oh, Internet” started out as an anti-SOPA song “but turned into so much more.” Favorite line? ”You just don’t get it, cause you’re not on Reddit.” And yes, it is available on iTunes. Oh, internet.

(via The Daily What)

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Neil Gaiman’s Tribute to the Chinese New Year

Neil Gaiman has drawn up his own tribute to the Year of the Dragon (a “wobbly dragon”), and we believe this is relevant to your interests. More about this from the author after the jump!

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Rights of Passage

Another One Bites the Dust (For Now): PIPA Vote Postponed, SOPA “On Hold”

While the list of lawmakers opposing the internet censorship bills PIPA and SOPA continues to grow, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) tweeted this morning that he will be postponing the January 24 vote. No new date has set, but this follows his decision not to force Democrats to vote for the bill in order to prevent a potential veto by President Obama. It also appears that SOPA’s lead sponsor in the House, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), has put the bill on hold following Reid’s announcement. However, Reid is pledging to continue working on the bill and released a statement about his intentions. Unfortunately, his intentions still involve voting on and passing PIPA in some shape or form. Let’s also point out the irony of Harry Reid making this announcement on a site that thrives on sharing so much copyrighted material.

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Rights of Passage

Dropping Like Flies: List of Defecting PIPA/SOPA Supporters (and Co-Sponsors) Grows

The internet protest is over, and you can finally use Wikipedia without having to look at a gross, spooky cached page. (You knew you could do that, right? Oh, well, doesn’t matter now.) But what was the real impact of the swath of blackouts on the web? Was is much ado about nothing? And what could have been the most significant reaction to this widespread outcry? In fact, something pretty important happened: the people responsible for actually voting on the bill and turning it into the law of the land have decided not to support it. Even lawmakers who co-sponsored the bill have taken their names off and withdrawn their support. That’s wonderful! And it was also nice of them that they were so honest about apparently not reading the bill they’d initially supported in the first place. Transparency!

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Bloody Good Fun

Watch 64 Horror Films In Five Minutes With The Lights On

Here’s a scary (and extremely well done) YouTube video made up of 64 different horror films. (Find the complete movie/music list here) You know what else is scary? If SOPA/PIPA passes, videos like this wouldn’t exist and/or we’d be in trouble just for posting it. Food for thought tonight.

(via Blastr)

Rights of Passage

Which Sites Are Going Black to Protest SOPA/PIPA?

If you found yourself wondering what the name of the second general of the Dutch Revolution was, or if that was even real, and you ventured on over to Wikipedia to look it up, you probably noticed that the site looked different today. Different, as in blacked out. And then you may or may not have panicked, because now how would you satisfy you thirst for random trivia that is probably somewhere else on the internet, but your go-to site has shut itself down, and now your brain must find something else to do for the next — hey, someone mentioned you on Twitter. You should check that out.

Anyway, you most likely heard about this earlier in the week, when the site’s administrators announced that in protest of the highly controversial internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA, they would “censor” their own site for 24 hours. But Wikipedia is not the only site protesting today. After the jump, find out who else has shut themselves down, and see what the internet will look like should these bills become law.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Cheerleader Wonder Woman Formation

Well here’s something you certainly don’t see everyday. This photo is from a cheerleading competition in Russia and features the gals dressed up like Wonder Woman. Now if only they could have gotten teh guys to dress like Steve Trevor… (via DC Women Kicking Ass) Full steam ahead for all the other fun stuff we saw today! 

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Rights of Passage

SOPA Shelved by Congress and Opposed by Obama, Is Effectively Dead

Over the weekend, President Obama publicly declared his administration’s opposition to the controversial internet censorship bill being introduced in Congress known as the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA. (The opposition includes both versions of the bill, the House of Representatives’ SOPA and the Senate’s Protect IP Act aka PIPA, which is still, technically, alive.) And now, after a continuous loss of support and facing severe and vocal opposition from the public, the House has shelved the bill, and it is what insiders like to call “Dead On Arrival.” But what about PIPA? Well, it’s what I like to call a “Dead Bill Walking.”

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Amy Pond Kissogram For Batwoman

Oh, that Amy. Oh, that Kate! Michael “Mic?” Magtanong is responsible for this DC/Doctor Who crossover in the latest The Line It Is Drawn. Head over to CBR to see a bunch of other great ones including an Ood taking over for Alfred and The Face of Boe meeting MODOK. Now let’s see…what else did we find online today… 

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