Posts Tagged ‘PIPA’

by Mike Masnick

I’ve received very credible evidence, that a consulting firm hired by CreativeAmerica is now offering to pay people to get signatures on CreativeAmerica’s petition. The following email was forwarded to me, with some details redacted to protect privacy…

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Infowars.com
January 30, 2012

Alex takes on the full spectrum of attacks facing society. From new wars, a domestic clampdown, the on-going economic crisis and the bombardment of food, water and environment with dangerous chemical compounds, humanity is under attack.

Alex also talks about a proposed New Jersey ban on ammunition, a de facto circumvention of the Bill of Rights’ guarantee to the right to bear arms. The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) culture of lying is also in focus, with the recent release of Infowars’ viral video TSA: The Greatest Liars on Earth.

In other news, police fire tear gas and rubber bullets on Occupy Oakland protesters while the former Federal Reserve boss Herman Cain seeks to deliver his Tea Party supporters to the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign. The ACTA bill, like the SOPA and PIPA acts, threaten the future of Internet freedom. This and more, along with your calls.

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Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Many of us breathed a sigh of relief when an overwhelming amount of Americans banned together and voiced their opposition to Congress over both the Stop Online Piracy Act, and Protect Intellectual Property Act.

Sites that dimmed the screen for a day or two have gone back to normal — Facebook users have swapped their anti-SOPA images for their previous profile pictures.

We may have even believed that the postponement of the vote originally scheduled for January 24th was some sort of white flag of capitulation. But that is certainly not the MO of most lawmakers.

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THIS IS A BAD THING, WATCH AND PASS ON NOW. WE NEED TO SHUT THIS DOWN LIKE WE DID SOPA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8FzkVRh7Ck

Rady Ananda
Activist Post

After the world’s most massive online protest on Jan. 18 against two internet censorship bills, which generated over 7 million petition signatures, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid postponed the PIPA vote set for the 24th, so that lawmakers could rework the bill.

On January 18, from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern (-5 GMT), some of the most popular websites on the planet blackened their pages in protest of PIPA, or PROTECT IP Act, (S. 968: Protect Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property), and SOPA, (HR 3261) the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Though PIPA is hailed as only slightly less bad than SOPA, both threaten free access to information on the web by allowing accusers to shut down an entire website — even shared platforms like Twitter, WordPress and YouTube, because of a single copyright violation. Instead of a civil penalty, the law proposes making copyright violation a felony. Try finding a job in the US with a felony conviction under your belt.

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Steve Watson
Infowars.com
January 20, 2012

Following the announcement by the Department of Justice that it had shuttered file sharing website Megaupload last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today declared that the Senate vote on the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), scheduled for Tuesday, has now been postponed indefinitely.

“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act,” Reid said in a statement, referring to this week’s “blackout” protest against PIPA and the House version of the bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Just two days ago, Reid had been adamant that the vote would go ahead in the Senate next week.

The two contrasting events highlight the ferocity of the battle that is currently raging over internet freedom in the US and the wider world.

Although forced to sideline the decision on PIPA indefinitely, Reid acknowledged the fact that the battle over the internet legislation is far from over.

“We made good progress through the discussions we’ve held in recent days, and I am optimistic that we can reach a compromise in the coming weeks,” Reid said.

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