My, my, how convenient. What fortuitous timing. A major Internet file-sharing site based in Hong Kong, Megaupload.com, was shut down yesterday, just a day after America’s anti-SOPA/PIPA blackout. New Zealand authorities arrested the site’s founder, Kim Dotcom, a dual citizen of Finland and Germany living in New Zealand, for violation of U.S. copyright laws. If that … Continue reading The long arm of U.S. copyright law
Just want to spotlight (for after the blackout) a clever little anti-censorship video, The Day the LOLcats Died. The video appears today on I Can Haz Cheeseburger, mecca for lovers of cats and humor. It asks a pivotal question: “Why, why are laws a thing you can buy?” Continue reading The Day the LOLcats Died
WordPress.com has finally installed and announced an option that gives you a way to blackout your blog tomorrow for The Great American SOPA/PIPA Blackout. It will also put a protest ribbon on each page of your blog until January 24, the day the Senate is scheduled to vote on PIPA. Just go to Dashboard > … Continue reading Finally, a WordPress setting for SOPA blackout!
I started a bit of a discussion over on the WordPress forums about how to blackout my blog on January 18 in support of the Reddit blackout and other protests against SOPA and PIPA. One of the suggestions will put a little diagonal banner in the upper right corner of your screen that links to … Continue reading How to blackout your WP blog on January 18
Help spread the word and voice your opposition to SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). If you use Twitter, you can go to BlackoutSOPA.org, change your Twitter pic to a Stop SOPA badge (your choice of three designs), and let your followers know how you feel. Come on, people. Big Money … Continue reading Join webwide SOPA, PIPA protests
SOPA. PIPA. I’ve written about them before. I’m writing about them again. The Senate votes on a motion to begin debate on PIPA (the Protect IP Act or Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011) January 24, and by all accounts, the bill will pass. It and … Continue reading Internet censorship looms large