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Stop Online Piracy Act

The Stop Online Piracy Act was a U.S. House bill introduced as a protection for content creators but ultimately viewed by the public as a federal mandate for online censorship. The bill's 2012 defeat was seen as one of the first significant lobbying victories for online service providers like Google and Wikipedia. A rough Senate equivalent to the bill was known as the PROTECT IP act.

As of spring 2012, many of the same organizations that took part in protesting SOPA are now actively fighting the Show more »
The Stop Online Piracy Act was a U.S. House bill introduced as a protection for content creators but ultimately viewed by the public as a federal mandate for online censorship. The bill's 2012 defeat was seen as one of the first significant lobbying victories for online service providers like Google and Wikipedia. A rough Senate equivalent to the bill was known as the PROTECT IP act.

As of spring 2012, many of the same organizations that took part in protesting SOPA are now actively fighting the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which many activists argue similarly infringes on citizens' civil liberties.
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  • Ravens, NFL pursue online sellers of bogus merchandise

    Ravens, NFL pursue online sellers of bogus merchandise
    As the Ravens drove toward the playoffs, Barbra Skarzynski wanted to buy her son a team jersey as a Christmas gift. She searched Google for Lardarius Webb gear, quickly found a site that billed itself as an official store of the Ravens, and bought a jersey for $70.
  • Wikipedia plans protest blackout today

    NEW YORK (AP) — Don't be surprised if you can't find Wikipedia today. The online encyclopedia's English language website is down until midnight. The 24-hour blackout is to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress. The Stop...

    Online fraud puts consumers at risk

    For nearly 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has helped consumers avoid fraud and scams by helping them find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. We are uniquely positioned in representing both the interests of the business community,...

    'Expendables 3' Flops: Is Piracy to Blame?

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Is piracy to blame for "The Expendables 3's" puny box office debut this weekend or were viewers ready to euthanize the film's aging action heroes? That's the question Hollywood's asking after the thriller fell short of initial...

    Ron Wyden, a stalwart defender of an open Internet

    PORTLAND, Ore. It can be hard to argue with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, the Oregon Democrat who has been at the forefront of the biggest tech-policy issues in recent years. Before "net neutrality" became the tech cause du jour, the Portland lawyer was pushing...