anti-piracy bill - evil child of COICA - big example of War On The Net - initiated Nov'2011, killed Jan'2012

2011-11-02-ProtectipAndSopaBills - kickoff

Nov16'2011 - American Censorship Day - big ReddIt role in building momentum

Dec09: Two high level Congressional staffers (Allison Halataei, former deputy chief of staff and parliamentarian to House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and Lauren Pastarnack, a Republican who has served as a senior aide on the Senate Judiciary Committee) who have been instrumental in creating or moving forward both PROTECT IP (PIPA) and SOPA have left their jobs on Capitol Hill and taken jobs with two of the biggest entertainment industry lobbyists, who are working very hard to convince Congress to pass the legislation they just helped write. And people wonder why the American public looks on DC as being corrupt. (Corruption)

Dec20: It has been pushed back to the new year.

Dec21: a list of the corporations that have explicitly supported SOPA. Music Publishing, Book Publishing, Time Warner, PharmCo, fashion companies. WalMart. Visa and Master Card?

  • Paul Graham said: Several of those companies send people to Demo Day, and when I saw the list I thought: we should stop inviting them. So yes, we’ll remove anyone from those companies from the Y-Combinator Demo Day invite list... Several of the companies on the SOPA list have venture arms. I encourage startups to Boycott them. We’ll certainly encourage all the startups we’ve funded to. If these companies are so clueless about technology that they think SOPA is a good idea, how could they be good investors?”
  • Go Daddy is a supporter, and may lose Cheezburger's business.


websites of supporters - S O P A/blob/master/domains.js (for a browser plug-in that alerts you when you hit one)

Jan09: Charlie O Donnell points out that NYS senators Chuck Schumer and Kristin Gillibrand are SOPA supporters, while pretending to support the NYC tech industry.

Jan16: The House has held/killed SOPA! But PIPA is still moving through the Senate.

  • The EFF has a good update on what's still in the bills.

Jan18'2012: Wikipedia blacks out its entire English site, and others like Google and Craigs List make their home page black-with-message (while letting you click through to the operational site). Jan19: Chris Dodd threatened Congress with stopping Campaign Finance money. "Candidly, those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake," Dodd told Fox News. "Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake."

Jan21: The protest seems to have worked for now!

Jan24: Protesters are using the US Government's recently created "We The People" online petition service to force the Barack Obama Administration to take a position on some controversial comments by former Conn. Senator-turned MPAA chief Chris Dodd to Fox News last Thursday... they ask the Obama Administration to investigate him for breaking the law. "[Dodd's comments are] an open admission of bribery and a threat designed to provoke a specific policy goal", the petiton states. "This is a brazen flouting of the 'above the law' status people of Dodd's position and wealth enjoy". With the crossing of the threshold on We The People, the ball is now placed in Obama's court. It has pledged to respond to every petition that crosses the threshold, save for select circumstances. SOPA and PIPA are hot topics, and ignoring it might not be wise for the Administration politically. A request for comment is outstanding. The Administration may defer comment until February 20. (Corruption)

  • Feb01: We appreciate your participation in the We the People platform on However, consistent with the We the People Terms of Participation and our responses to similar petitions in the past, the White House declines to comment on this petition because it requests a specific law enforcement action.

May'2012 - Aaron Swartz talk

Jul'2013 - Yochai Benkler study (excerpt/background)

Sept'2013 - two books out.

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