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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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  • 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.
  • 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...

    Ruth Vitale To Head Anti-Piracy Group Creative America (EXCLUSIVE)

    Veteran industry exec Ruth Vitale is coming on board to head the entertainment industry's anti-piracy Creative America initiative, which is backed by the motion picture and television businesses and Hollywood's labor unions. Vitale and Creative America...

    MPAA's former tech officer now argues against SOPA, PIPA

     
    The MPAA's former chief technology policy officer is speaking out against anti-piracy bills that were a top priority for his former employer. Paul Brigner, who resigned from his job last month as senior vice president for the MPAA, said he has changed his...

    Al Gore, Sean Parker call for 'Occupy Democracy' movement online

     
    Nothing gets my cynic juices flowing quite like hearing people call on the Internet to fix the political system. Former Vice President Al Gore and online entrepreneur Sean Parker gave an overflow crowd at the South by Southwest trade show...