The statement comes down from none other than MPAA Chairman and former Senator from Connecticut Chris Dodd:
It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It's a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.Read more »
Huffington Post reports a small victory against SOPA (H.R. 3261 “Stop Online Piracy Act”) and it's counterpart in the Senate, PIPA (“Protect IP Act”), claiming that President Obama will not support the current legislation. A statement released on behalf of the Obama Administration states, “... we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.Read more »
The Young Turks' Cenk Uygar brilliantly analyzes why Google and other online companies have started contributing to conservative lawmakers' campaigns. The discussion starts with the subject of SOPA, but the analysis starting at 3:03 points out the real reason SOPA was introduced.Read more »
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Imagine surfing the internet without being able to watch videos on YouTube, share with your friends on FaceBook, look at pictures of your best friend's new baby on Flickr or read news headlines from reddit. Luckily this is not reality, though it could be if the Congress passes H.R. 3261 the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Essentially, SOPA would claim the federal government “owns” the internet and will have the ability shut-down any website that commits a copyright infringement, whether willfully or not.Read more »
Clear arguments on Copyright, "Salvos Against Big Brother". It's ironic, but Eric Flint - a very successful published author - is a Trotskyite (socialist), but his views on copyright are very libertarian. He skewers the monopolists better than anyone else.Read more »
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Apple is using a patent from 1996 to get the government to stop android phones from being smart. It's not even a tangible part of the equipment.Read more »
The study, which was carried out by Society for Consumer Research (GfK), found that users of pirate sites including Kino.to did not fit the copyright lobby-painted stereotype of parasites who take and never give back.
In fact, the study also found that Internet users treat these services as a preview, a kind of “try before you buy.”
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