[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yI0NZbPwBg&w=560&h=315] For our weekly video show, we decided that not only were we going to talk about SOPA; we were going to do something about SOPA.
Update: Google said that 4.5 million people have added their signatures to the SOPA/PIPA petition since this morning. Mark Zuckerberg also threw his hat in the ring, Silicon Alley had a rad protest and a bunch of legislators who sponsored these bills withdrew their support. The internet is really flexing its political muscle.
Adding a link or message to a company homepage to protest legislation may seem like a worthless gesture. That is, unless the company is Google.
In advance of testifying at a congressional hearing tomorrow, a group of technology industry leaders participated in a public discussion about the ill effects of the proposed SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy legislation.
After announcing yesterday that Wikipedia will join other websites in a January 18 blackout to protest the SOPA piracy bill, founder Jimmy Wales has explained his reasoning further to fend off criticism.
Guest Post Over the weekend, the White House responded to the online petition regarding SOPA. Although the response was by and large measured and acknowledged many of the concerns that have been raised by the Internet community, it included this statement as a matter of fact:
After hinting at a site-wide blackout to combat the SOPA anti-piracy bill, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales confirmed today that the English version of the free encyclopedia will go offline on Wednesday, January 18.
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Updated with response from the pro-SOPA lobby
Author of the highly debated Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), has agreed to remove a controversial section in the bill that blocks foreign websites accused of infringing copyrights or committing acts of Piracy, the congressman said in a statement released today.
Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the U.S. House member responsible for the highly debated Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), recently said he has no intention of backing down from trying to get the bill passed, despite heavy criticism from large tech companies, internet communities and influential tech business leaders.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT-D) is backing down on portions of the controversial Protect IP Act (PIPA) after a massive amount of criticism from human rights groups and tech industry leaders, the senator said in a statement today.
Raising awareness on the Internet is all good and fine, but nothing tells our nation’s leaders we mean business like sending a letter to Congress or placing a phone call.
Guest Post There’s been a lot of huffing and puffing in the tech community over the past few months about SOPA, the proposed legislation that many believe would cripple the Internet and thwart innovation. People have started online petitions, written countless blog posts, started boycotts against companies that support SOPA and campaigns to change Twitter avatars. (Check out the rest of VentureBeat’s SOPA coverage here.)
Jon Stewart, host of the popular comedy “news” program The Daily Show, is finally going to tackle SOPA, the controversial, anti-Internet piece of legislation that has every social network up in arms.
Congressman Jared Polis made an impromptu appearance on the official forum for online game League of Legends yesterday, to help gather further support in the movement against the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA).
Cable TV and internet service provider Comcast recently rolled out an upgrade to its entire internet service network that prevents DNS blocking. DNS blocking would be necessary to enforce the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) should it pass.
Community news sharing site Reddit is planning to shut down its website January 18 in protest of proposed legislation the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as well as the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), the company announced via a blog post today.
The U.S. House of Representatives has invited a small group of security experts and tech industry leaders to testify about potential risks associated with passing legislation like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced today.
Video game developer Epic Games has officially taken a stance against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
[Updated with correction on SOPA support withdrawal story.]
[Update: EA says this story is incorrect, as it never specifically voiced its support for the Senate version of SOPA, and so hasn't withdrawn it either. Here's a link explaining the inaccuracy.]
Results from yesterday’s Dump Go Daddy Domain Day boycott show that almost twice as many domains transferred into Go Daddy than out. These results come despite the fact that Go Daddy reported this morning that it was hemorrhaging customers.
Domain registrar Go Daddy has changed its stance on recently proposed legislation Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) from “not supporting” to full on opposition, according to a statement from the company today.
Following GoDaddy’s recanted support for SOPA, domain hosting site NameCheap is looking to lure in domain owners who no longer want anything to do with GoDaddy or SOPA supporting services.
Hosting and domain registrar company Go Daddy has lost more than 37,000 domains in the past two days due to the company’s wishy-washy stance on the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Domain and hosting site Go Daddy just announced that it no longer supports the recently proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Paul Graham has put the kibosh on SOPA-supporting companies showing up at Y Combinator events, including the popular and investment-driven Demo Days.
Due to new legislation from the U.S. government, Scribd is disappearing from the Internet — every document, every word.
Editor's Pick Whether you support or oppose it, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is costing a fortune — more than $2.5 million so far.