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[TechDirt] SOPA/PIPA: How Far We've Come; How Far We Need To Go

not everyone in Congress has an understanding of what's happening online. Even with Reps. and Senators backing away from the bills, and asking leadership to slow things down... and even with Rep. Smith and Senator Leahy trying to "delay" the DNS implementation in order to get the bills passed... some in Congress still think that the outcry is minor or limited or that it's all Google.

[...] The people speaking out are not just "Google and Facebook," and they're not just speaking out for the hell of it. They're seriously pissed off at Congress for even thinking of going down this path in the first place, and simply killing the bills is unlikely to get the people online back on their side.

[Arstechnica] Under voter pressure, members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA

The public outcry over the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act seems to have gotten so loud that even members of Congress can hear it. On Thursday we covered the news that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was expressing second thoughts about SOPA's DNS provisions. He said he changed his mind after he "heard from a number of Vermonters" on the issue.[…]

Update: The Obama administration has come out in opposition to SOPA in its current form. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has also promised that SOPA will not proceed to a vote until "consensus" has developed.

[Washingtonpost] Wikipedia’s Wales wants to join Reddit’s SOPA blackout

Wikipedia founder James Wales has floated the idea of a Wikipedia blackout to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act in the past, but has had a renewed burst of interest following the announcement that Reddit — the Web news and aggregation site — will black out its services in protest of online piracy bills Jan. 18. […]

“Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be displaying a simple message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit, link to resources to learn more, and suggest ways to take action,” the company said. “Blacking out reddit is a hard choice, but we feel focusing on a day of action is the best way we can amplify the voice of the community.”

[Euractiv] E-commerce proposal causes liability jitters

The Commission intends to beef up protections, however, and will adopt an initiative on the so-called ‘notice and action’ procedures this year.

However, Monique Goyens, director-general of BEUC consumer organisation, said the ‘notice and action’ procedure for illegal content must be very carefully framed.

We have seen that efforts to criminalise consumers are a waste of time," she said. "Europeans have clearly shown that more legal choice, with the chance to confidently and safely pay, is where the future lies.

[Networkworld] Google pleads for more unlicensed spectrum instead of more auctions

Google would really, really like to see the Federal Communications Commission open up a huge swath of unlicensed spectrum for mobile broadband. […]

Whitt […] cited concerns about the proposed spectrum auction legislation that recently passed in the House of Representatives. In particular, Whitt said that an all-licensed approach to spectrum wouldn't give carriers the spectrum they need to build out common infrastructure. […]

'Everything that's cleared must be auctioned and everything that's auctioned must be licensed,' which in our mind would rule out unlicensed," said Whitt. […]

[TheNextWeb] WordPress Stands Up Against SOPA and PIPA

In a blog post today, the team behind the popular publishing platform is asking its users to stand up against SOPA and PIPA, because it potentially threatens their freedom to publish the things that matter most to them on the Internet.

Along with this request for political-themed help, which even Wells says is not the norm for WordPress, the team has posted a video that aims to educate people on what SOPA and PIPA means for them and for Internet professionals:

[TheInquirer] Reddit is ready for SOPA and PIPA protest

discussion web site Reddit will close down for one day this month to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA).

Discussions about the SOPA and PIPA legislation proposed in the US Congress have been popular on Reddit, and the web site's principals have made their opposition clear.

The web site will not go down, but rather than showing lively discussions it will show a message warning about SOPA as well as advice on what people can do if they want to oppose it.

[TechWeekEurope] Judge Denies Twitter Data Block Request

A federal judge has denied a request that would have temporarily blocked Twitter from turning over account data to United States prosecutors investigating the whistleblower site WikiLeaks and its publication of classified government documents. The request sought to prevent the transfer while a federal appeals court was considering the case.

The court is telling all users of online tools hosted in the US that the US government will have secret access to their data,” said Jonsdottir in a statement.

If the US were to pressure Twitter to censor tweets by organisations it opposes, even those on the terrorist lists, it would join the ranks of countries like India, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Syria, Uzbekistan, all of which have censored online speech in the name of ‘national security,’”[...]

[BoingBoing] Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing

[NDLQDN : 28C3 conference :]

General-purpose computers are astounding. They're so astounding that our society still struggles to come to grips with them, what they're for, how to accommodate them, and how to cope with them. This brings us back to something you might be sick of reading about: copyright.

In one famous incident—a gift to people who share this hypothesis—Sony loaded covert rootkit installers on 6 million audio CDs , which secretly executed programs that watched for attempts to read the sound files on CDs and terminated them. [...]

In fact, the Motion Picture Association of America, a SOPA proponent, circulated a memo citing research that SOPA might work because it uses the same measures as are used in Syria, China, and Uzbekistan. It argued that because these measures are effective in those countries, they would work in America, too!

[Forbes] Android Barcode Scanner App Detects If A Product's Maker Supports SOPA

Corporate lobbyists be warned. Push a bill like the Stop Online Piracy Act that threatens broad restrictions on the tech industry, and you’ll face some very clever coders focusing all their innovation on fighting back. [...]

Chris Thompson, one of the students who created No More SOPA, says he hopes the program could help solidify the widespread anger around SOPA, which aims to block access to foreign copyright-infringing websites, into well-defined boycotts of the companies who have pushed the bill [...]

[...] this is going to destroy the entire tech industry as we know it, so it will affect us too,” he says. “So we’re doing what we can.

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