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Crowd-Sourcing Website Launched By US Lawmakers To Create ‘Digital Bill Of Rights’

Crowd-Sourcing Website Launched By US Lawmakers To Create ‘Digital Bill Of Rights’

The internet freedom has been increasingly threatened by the bills such as SOPA and PIPA which were meant to somehow ‘control’ the web and selectively censor it upon the whim of authorities and different organizations. It was about time that a proper set of regulations be devised to keep such evils at bay in the future. A new venture aims to do precisely this.

By On June 13, 2012 Respond
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Finding A Solution To The Problem Of Piracy – A New Monetization Model For Content Producers

Finding A Solution To The Problem Of Piracy – A New Monetization Model For Content Producers

The issue of piracy has been making content producers lose their sleep (and dollars), turning their lives into a hellish nightmare, even when they get enough to keep them going (well enough). The web populace is currently divided as to whether or not piracy is ethical and that how far should it be permitted.

By On June 9, 2012 3 Responses
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EU Court Rules Against Monitoring Social Networking Sites To Stop Piracy

EU Court Rules Against Monitoring Social Networking Sites To Stop Piracy

The European Court of Justice, which is European Union’s (EU) highest court that it is not right to compel social networking sites to monitor users to prevent piracy. It was earlier suggested that social networks should install monitoring solutions to prevent online piracy, but according to EU it is not only illegal, but also immoral and unethical to do so. Users cannot be checked upon to see if they are downloading copyrighted material illegally.

By On February 17, 2012 Respond
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DotCom’s New Zealand Home Taken Away By The Police Authorities

DotCom’s New Zealand Home Taken Away By The Police Authorities

Recently, Kim DotCom has been in the news for trespassing copyrights laws through his website, MegaUpload. Since the website’s launch in 2005, it has along with other associated websites, made over $170 million. The website was mostly used for pirated content, mostly videos and films. Now the website has been shut down by the United States officials because it was designed intentionally to assist people in piracy while deceiving at the same time of being a legitimate business.

By On February 10, 2012 Respond
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Tom Brady Admits He Watched Last Year’s Super Bowl On Illegal Site

Tom Brady Admits He Watched Last Year’s Super Bowl On Illegal Site

Piracy is suddenly the hot topic these days, both online and offline. The reason being that it has been pushed to the forefront due to the efforts of US Congress and EU to put curbs on piracy sites. However, so far, these efforts have been blown back by the entire internet community. Another setback for the so-called anti-piracy proponents came when Tim Brady, New England Patriots’ quarterback very casually observed that last year he watched the Super Bowl game on an illegal website.

By On February 6, 2012 Respond
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Blocking File Sharing Sites: The Pirate Bay Is Next?

Blocking File Sharing Sites: The Pirate Bay Is Next?

When FBI took down MegaUpload a few days ago, it quite a huge uproar. The hacktivist group, Anonymous, retaliated by attacking a number of US government websites. But that has not affected the authorities. One of the main reason being that Hollywood continues heavy funding of anti-piracy bills, even those which infringe upon internet censorship. In the latest round of these efforts, a court in Sweden has indicted the team behind www.thepiratebay.org, one of the largest file-sharing websites online.

By On February 2, 2012 Respond
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Mozilla Reached 40 Million People To Sign For Anti SOPA Movement

Mozilla Reached 40 Million People To Sign For Anti SOPA Movement

Lately, the US controversial anti online piracy legislation took social activism on new realms. And also gave it the tools of the digital era. All the major players that have huge impact on Internet, including Google, Wikipedia, Craiglist, but also blogs and modest websites all over the Internet, joined the protests and displayed messages to the users inviting them to write to their congressional representatives in order to urge them to vote against SOPA/PIPA.

By On January 26, 2012 Respond
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Protests Against SOPA And PIPA Managed To Convince Lawmakers To Postpone A Decision

Protests Against SOPA And PIPA Managed To Convince Lawmakers To Postpone A Decision

The controversial legislation against online piracy, caused an unprecedented online powerful activism. The protest movement that attracted the solidarity of high profile websites that make the rules of the game when it comes to online world, like Google, Wikipedia, Mozilla and many others as well as small but feisty websites all around the Internet managed to determine congressional representatives to change their minds on this matter. Even SOPA and PIPA sponsors dropped the unpopular law like a hot potato.

By On January 25, 2012 1 Response
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Anonymous Plans To Take Down Facebook On January 28

Anonymous Plans To Take Down Facebook On January 28

Recently, as FBI took down Megaupload, Anonymous, the clandestine group of internet hacktivists, went on a revenge spree. They took down one site after the other, including US Department of Justice website, FBI website and CBS.com among others. Now that SOPA and PIPA have been trashed, there are talks of ACTA, another similar bill, in Europe. A video claims that Anonymous plans to launch an attack on Facebook on January 28 as a protest against ACTA. The video also calls for common users to be a part of this attack.

By On January 24, 2012 1 Response
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Over 7 Million People Signed Google’s Anti SOPA Petition

Over 7 Million People Signed Google’s Anti SOPA Petition

Google’s initiative to call the public support in the fight against controversial anti online piracy proved to gain a large audience. As Washington Post reports more than 7 million Google users from US already signed the petition by yesterday. The most popular search engine in the world, used its massive convincing power to display message to users urging them “Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the Web!” The link behind the message sent users to sign a petition.

By On January 21, 2012 Respond
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Mark Zuckerberg Expressed His Discontent About SOPA/PIPA

Mark Zuckerberg Expressed His Discontent About SOPA/PIPA

“The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development,” wrote Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, in a post on his favorite social network. “Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet,” further settled the facts Zuckerberg leaving no room for interpretations.

By On January 20, 2012 Respond
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The Movement Against SOPA/PIPA Went From Web To The Street

The Movement Against SOPA/PIPA Went From Web To The Street

The protests against Stop Online Piracy Act have moved from Internet to the streets across the US. A few days ago, many sites joined the “Internet blackout” movement and went dark, including trend setters like Wikipedia, Google, and Craigslist. The experiment in political activism proved its force as the message was spread with faster speed.

By On January 20, 2012 Respond
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Google to Launch “Good to Know” Campaign to Educate the Public About Privacy Issues

Google to Launch “Good to Know” Campaign to Educate the Public About Privacy Issues

Dozens of US high profile newspapers as well as billboards in New York and Washington will display information about what actions the netizens have to take in order to protect them online. The campaign is focused on tips and practical advices and is also meant to raise awareness about what information a user can share over Internet and what he or she should definitely keep private. Google originally launched the “Good to Know” campaign in October, and at the time the target audience was the British public.

By On January 19, 2012 Respond
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Wikipedia Founder – Jimmy Wales  Decides To Shut Down Wikipedia

Wikipedia Founder – Jimmy Wales Decides To Shut Down Wikipedia

Unbelievable! Wikipedia is going to shut down? And the Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has agreed to shut down his site which is one of the most popular and most visited websites on the internet? And people will accept this this? Lets find out…

By On January 19, 2012 Respond
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Obama Administration Suggests Postponed Votes on SOPA and PIPA

Obama Administration Suggests Postponed Votes on SOPA and PIPA

An official statement from White House issued a few days ago, highlights the concern of Obama Administration on the matter of web piracy and copyright protection. Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect-IP Act are two controversial bills that raised a lot of protests both online and offline. The White House declared that anti piracy efforts must continue but at the same time, Administration “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cyber-security risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet.”

By On January 17, 2012 Respond
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