Topic / Stop Online Piracy Act

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) 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 […]

GoDaddy attempting to thwart transfers to Namecheap over SOPA support

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Namecheap has criticised GoDaddy for attempting to delay transfers of domains to its former customers unhappy with their vocal (and now former) support of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). “Specifically, GoDaddy appears to be returning incomplete WHOIS information to Namecheap, delaying the transfer process,” Namecheap accused in a blog post. “This practice is against ICANN rules.” GoDaddy has since reportedly, according to an update by Namecheap, unblocked their […]

Wikipedia ponders total blackout ahead of SOPA

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Wikipedia could have a total “blackout” – by blanking out every single page in the online encyclopedia, even the 1 million pages in the English version – as a protest to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, which is heading to the US Senate. The bill, which is designed to safeguard intellectual property through controversial means needs to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee before it will head to the full […]

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