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MPAA chief hints of SOPA/PIPA revival

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Image: Skye Suicide/Flickr (Creative Commons) The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act could find themselves back in the spotlight again, with the chief of the Motion Picture Association of America hinting at a possible revival of the bills. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, MPAA chief Christopher Dodd told the magazine that he was “confident” that President Obama’s relationship with Silicon Valley and Hollywood would […]

PIPA – the race is still on, who still supports the bill?

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Image: Skye Suicide/Flickr (Creative Commons) While the Stop Online Piracy Act is in the backburner (for now), its Senate cousin – the PROTECT IP Act – is still going ahead despite growing opposition. The vote is still going ahead on January 24 (or January 25 our time), all thanks to Harry Reid (D-NV). In our long report, we revealed that Harry Reid was getting more than US$500,000 by the entertainment […]

Who else is participating in the Jan 18 Blackout?

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Wikipedia and Reddit are not the only sites to black-out their website in protest of the PROTECT IP and Stop Online Piracy Acts that are running through the US Congress. Many other sites, including Destructoid, and Imgur will also participate. These sites will be participating in the black-out: Destructoid Major League Gaming (MLG) Identi.ca Red 5 Studios – shutting down Firefall beta. Every site under the “I Can Haz Cheezburger” […]

What is SOPA and PIPA (and why Wikipedia isn’t working)?

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Have you heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act, or the PROTECT IP Act? The tech industry is talking about it. And that could be because it hasn’t gotten any mainstream media attention until the White House publicly said it would not let it through if Congress passed it in its current form. But what is it? Why are Google and Facebook against it? Let’s get the background on what […]

Wikipedia to blackout for 24 hours in protest of SOPA and PIPA this Wednesday

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This is absolutely insane. For a few days Reddit has been making news for their 12 hour blackout on Wednesday in protest of SOPA/PIPA. Meanwhile, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has been planning a much more drastic and mainstream protest for the controversial bill. From around 4-5PM (approximately) AEST on Wednesday 18th of January, Wikipedia will go down for 24 hours. And we should make this clear: For 24 […]