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Stop Online Piracy Act

  1. SOPA Returns as Ransomware Virus, Highlights Just How Horrible the Bill Actually Was

    The Stop Online Piracy Act received a lot of attention when Congress was trying to push it through under the radar. Though the bill eventually floundered, the threat it represents is still there, lingering on the peripheries of the Internet. The fear is that some kind of Internet regulation in regards to copyright will almost inevitably be passed as lobbyists will continue to push such measures. A computer virus now exists that takes advantage of this dread by implying SOPA is in effect and infected users have been caught in an act of copyright infringement.

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  2. DNS Blocking Provisions of SOPA Dropped, Signs of Reluctance Grow in Washington

    Yesterday, author of the controversial Stop Online Piracy or SOPA legislation Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) released a statement announcing his intention to remove the DNS blocking portion of the bill.
    “After consultation with industry groups across the country, I feel we should remove Domain Name System blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision. We will continue to look for ways to ensure that foreign websites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to U.S. consumers."

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  3. White House Responds to Two Anti-SOPA Petitions

    Just because there is a system for everyday folks to submit petitions to the White House doesn't mean that the Obama administration has to respond. However, in the case of two anti-SOPA petitions, the White House decided to weigh in on the subject. Not to spoil it, but if you were hoping for a firm promise to veto the legislation, you're going to be disappointed. It's not all bad news, though, and the response does give insight into the stance of the Executive Branch of government on this hot-button topic.

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  4. Reddit to Black Out During SOPA Hearings in Protest Next Week

    In protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, a nefarious act that tries to censor the Internet without actually showing much understanding of said Internet in the first place, reddit, one of the most popular social news aggregation currently on the very same Internet, will black itself out next week. Redditors may not know what to do with themselves, but on January 18, a week from today, from 8 AM to 8 PM EST, reddit will be blacked out in protest.

    Instead of the normal reddit feed, the site will display a "simple message" regarding how the SOPA and PIPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit itself.

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  5. Android App Helps You Avoid SOPA-Supporting Products

    While the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, continues to snake its way through Congress, some citizens are attempting to take their concerns to the companies which support the legislation. For instance, a recent boycott of GoDaddy resulted in a surprising about-face for the company. However, the designers of the Boycott SOPA app for Android want to take it a step further. Using the app, shoppers can quickly weed out products from companies which have thrown their support behind SOPA. 

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  6. Top Game Companies Nintendo, Sony, EA Drop Support for SOPA

    A recent update to the Judiciary Committee's list of top supporters for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, more commonly known as SOPA or "that horrible law in congress," suggests that alliances may be shifting behind the scenes. The refreshed list shows that top game makers Nintendo, Sony, and EA have dropped their support the law.

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  7. SOPA Committee Vote Scheduled for Next Wednesday

    Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee opted to bring the markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act to an early close. Many assumed that the process would not resume until some time in January, when congress returned from the Holidays. However, it's now being reported that the committee will hold its vote on the controversial law on Wednesday, December 21st.

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  8. Biggest Names Online Take Out Full Page Ad in NYTimes Speaking Against SOPA

    Yesterday, a group of nine of the biggest online companies took out a full page ad in the New York Times to voice their concern over two pieces of legislation in congress that could greatly affect the way America uses the Internet. In the letter, Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Zynga, eBay, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and AOL ask that their point of view be heard regarding the Protect IP and the Stop Online Piracy Act.

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  9. New Anti-Piracy Bill Brings Internet "Death Penalty" to the Table

    With the ubiquity of legitimate and fairly inexpensive sources for fast, high-quality streaming, the issue of online piracy seems to have taken a back seat in the public eye. Not so on Capitol Hill, where a new piece of legislation introduced to the House of Representatives could give law enforcement sweeping new powers to make so-called "rogue" websites involved in Internet piracy virtually vanish. The bill, boldly called the Stop Online Piracy Act, would grant new powers to the Department of Justice. Under the new law, the DOJ could use a court order served to Domain Name System (DNS) providers, search engines, and even advertising companies to sever an offending website from public access. Once served, these parties would be obliged to drop accused websites from search engine results, invalidate the site's URL, and presumably cut them off from advertising money; a kind of "death penalty" for websites.

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