1:25 PM, January 20th, 2012
Many in the industry say the legislation began to stir suspicion as early as September, with respected venture capitalists like Fred Wilson and Paul Graham calling attention to it in e-mails and on the Web. But the cause gained visibility on Nov. 16 when Tumblr added a feature that “censored” the dashboard users see when they log into the site, and pointed them to information about the bills. The idea for the feature came out of a three-hour meeting the weekend before, organized by people who opposed the legislation, including members of Fight for the Future; Brad Burnham, a partner at Union Square Ventures; and David Segal, executive director for Demand Progress, a non-profit group. John Maloney, the president of Tumblr, said the company volunteered its offices in Manhattan for the meeting, which included roughly 40 people in the room and another 40 or so on speakerphone. Employees of well-known sites like Kickstarter and Reddit were there. “They told us why it was flawed and asked us to think about it as an industry and a group,” said Mr. Maloney, who added that David Karp, Tumblr’s founder, “was very quick to raise his hand and say ‘We’re in.’ ”
10:25 AM, January 20th, 2012
In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday that the vote on PIPA (a controversial—and highly unpopular—online piracy bill) had been postponed. Talking Points Memo is reporting that SOPA, the House’s version of the bill, has likewise been postponed. (“Recent events.” LOL.)
2:10 PM, January 19th, 2012




Behold! What the Stop SOPA blackout managed to accomplish in 24 hours.

High five, internet.


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8:03 PM, January 18th, 2012


This Is Important, You Should Watch It of the Day: Salman Khan offers the most succinct and straightforward rundown of how the language in SOPA’s current iteration leaves wide open the possibility that, despite its ostensible intention to block foreign sites trafficking in pirated content, completely legal websites operating inside the United States could easily be labeled “enablers” of “U.S. property theft” and subjected to crippling sanctions that would effectively shut them down.

(Worried? Do something.)


We don’t usually reblog The Daily What because we figure you’ve seen it, but this is a really solid presentation on SOPA/PIPA and why the bills are important. 

Reblogged from The Daily What
6:12 PM, January 18th, 2012

More Politicians Withdraw Support of PIPA and SOPA

More politicians have retracted their support of either or both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) since Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NB NE), two co-sponsors of SOPA, did so yesterday and this morning

Also one of our intrepid Tumblrers went down to the offices of New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to report on the "emergency meet" of New York tech scene. They are both cosponsors of PIPA.

Talking Points Memo reports that Senator John Boozman (R-AK AR), an original cosponsor of the bill, has also withdrawn support for PIPA, posting a note to his Facebook page this afternoon, writing:

I can say, with all honesty, that the feedback I received from Arkansans has been overwhelmingly in opposition to the Senate bill (S.968, the PROTECT IP Act) in its current form. That is why I am announcing today that I intend to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act.

Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mark Rubio (R-FL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), also cosponsors of PIPA, posted their withdrawals to either Facebook or Twitter today as well. Additionally Senators Jeff Markey (D-OR) and Allen West (R-FL) condemned the bill on Twitter. Not to be outdone, Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Mike Honda (D-CA) blacked out their websites in support.

[via TPM]

See also: Buzzfeed’s 50 Best Statements By Members Of Congress Against SOPA/PIPA

UPDATE: List of PIPA’s 40 cosponsors (guess where I found it)

1:25 PM, January 18th, 2012
After Wikipedia blackrout, somewhere, a student today is doing original research and getting his/her facts straight. Perish the thought.
Jonathan Lamy, RIAA’s Senior Vice President of Communications, regarding Wikipedia’s blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA. He later deleted the tweet. (via officialssay)
11:35 AM, January 18th, 2012
What we’re looking for is a diversity of responses. We need some people to shut down. We need some people to freak somebody out.
That’s Ben Huh, overseer of “popular Seattle-based network of cat-heavy comedy blogs known as Cheezburger,” on today’s protests of two anti-piracy bills. We’ve got more over on the Newsweek Tumblr
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