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SOPA, PIPA spur open letter to Congress from 75-group coalition

SOPA, PIPA spur open letter to Congress from 75-group coalition

The recent controversy over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) legislation efforts have prompted an open letter beseeching Congress to halt its intellectual property lawmaking. The letter is signed by a coalition of 75 groups that includes not only internet companies such as Reddit and Mozilla but also human rights groups, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and other communities.

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SOPA and PIPA delayed indefinitely, Internet Wins

SOPA and PIPA delayed indefinitely, Internet Wins

In what can only be described as seeming to be a Flawless Victory, not a few hours after Senator Harry Reid announced he'd be delaying the vote on PIPA, representative Lamar Smith, better known now as the sponsor of SOPA, has announced he would delay consideration on that bill as well. Both teams have been pressured by waves of not only internet-based groups during the blackout of major websites earlier this week, but by voters calling in from around the nation this week as a result of it. Both groups have noted their intent to "revisit" how to defeat "foreign thieves" in regards to piracy, but would be stopping votes on their legislature for now.

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Lawmakers sway post-SOPA/PIPA protest but Acts still have venom

Lawmakers sway post-SOPA/PIPA protest but Acts still have venom

Wikipedia is back, Google has taken off its blindfold and US Representatives have danced, shuffled and snuck across the aisles as the whip counts waver, leaving the future of SOPA and PIPA uncertain. After online protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act saw multiple sites post call-to-arms messages or black-out altogether, at least seven senators have jumped ship from supporting the proposed legislation. Yet Wikipedia - and others - highlight the fight isn't over; "we're not done yet" the online encyclopedia ominously warned today.

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TED talk video on SOPA and PIPA makes it all crystal clear

TED talk video on SOPA and PIPA makes it all crystal clear

The result of groups across the web making an effort to bring the damaging effects of SOPA and PIPA to light has been a nice cross-section of explanatory posts made to educate the masses, and what we've got here is a TED talk video of Clay Shirky taking all of that and making it so clear your grandmother could understand it. The video in this post has Shirky, a man who goes by many names, American writer, teacher, consultant, and specialists on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He knows his stuff, he's very well spoken, and this is the video that'll make it clear for you why SOPA and PIPA are beyond dangerous, they're absolutely unacceptable.

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