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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.
  • 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,...

    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...

    Film industry group encourages advertisers' anti-piracy efforts

    Film industry group encourages advertisers' anti-piracy efforts
    In its battle against online piracy, Hollywood hopes it has found an important ally: the ad industry. CreativeFuture -- an anti-piracy group of film and TV companies and organizations -- on Thursday sent a letter to advertising associations...

    Online piracy of entertainment content keeps soaring

    Online piracy of entertainment content keeps soaring
    Despite the growth of Netflix, Amazon.com and other legal channels for watching entertainment online, the volume of pirated movies, TV shows, music, books and video games online continues to grow at a rapid pace. The amount of bandwidth used for...