The U.S. State Department has also aggressively lobbied many other countries for strict new laws similar to SOPA. They have even offered to fund enforcement and literally draft the laws that sacrifice free speech for greater copyright protection for Hollywood.”
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R.3261, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill expands the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.
In December, 2011 a group of 83 prominent Internet inventors and engineers sent an open letter to members of the United States Congress, stating their opposition to the SOPA and PIPA Internet blacklist bills that are under consideration in the House and Senate respectively.
Reddit held a 12-hour blackout from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST on Wednesday January 18 to coincide with a congressional hearing on SOPA, at which tech and security leaders, including Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian aired grievances toward SOPA and PIPA. Wikipedia, co-founder Jimmy Wales, shut down English versions of the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia at midnight Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday January 17, 2012 until midnight on Wednesday January 18, 2011.
On January 19, 2011 the US government shut down Megaupload with a piracy indictment. In response Anonymous took the DoJ, RIAA, MPAA, Universal Music, US Copyright Office, EMI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, French copyright authority HADOPI and BMI web sites offline.
Anonymous members are distributing a link that ropes internet users into a DDoS attack against these websites simply by clicking it. It link to an pastehtml site and loads a web-based version of the program Anonymous has used for years to DDoS websites: Low Orbit Ion Cannon. (LOIC). 5,635 people were using LOIC to bring down sites.
 Sinde law
Spain killed a controversial anti-P2P bill that would have made it easier to shut down websites that link to infringing content.
 Network neutrality
Network neutrality (also net neutrality, Internet neutrality) is a principle that advocates no restrictions by Internet service providers or governments on consumers' access to networks that participate in the Internet.
 U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news and gossip sites including the Huffington Post and Drudge Report.
 Commotion Wireless
A project by the New America Foundation thinktank. Commotion Wireless enables anyone with a smartphone to connect with other smartphones, forming a mesh network. In January 2012, Sascha Meinrath's team tested Commotion at a trial run at the Occupy DC encampment.
- Occupy Encyclopedia
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Declaration of Internet Freedom
- Internet privacy
- Occupy The Congress
- Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
- http://twitter.com/todd_park (C.T.O., U.S.A.)
- Hillary Clinton and Internet Freedom
- Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Wikipedia
- Network neutrality on Wikipedia
- SOPA opponents may go nuclear and other 2012 predictions
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- This Is SOPA, The Crazy Bill Everyone In Tech Is Worried About
- The Truth about the Economics Behind the Blacklist Bills
- How Wikileaks killed Spain's anti-P2P law
- Homeland Security watches Twitter, social media
- An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress
- Reddit Blackout Over SOPA, PIPA: Site To Protest By Going Dark On January 18
- Wikipedia blackout coming Jan. 18, says co-founder Jimmy Wales
- English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout
- Explainer: understanding Sopa
- US government hits Megaupload with mega piracy indictment
- Anonymous Goes on Megaupload Revenge Spree: DoJ, RIAA, MPAA, and Universal Music All Offline
- #OpMegaupload statement
- Where the funny piracy numbers used to justify SOPA/PIPA spring from
- US government, music industry websites taken offline in web attack
- The Evil New Tactic Behind Anonymous’ Massive Megaupload Revenge Attack
- 10 Sites Skewered by Anonymous, Including FBI, DOJ, U.S. Copyright Office
- SOPA and PIPA: Just the Facts
- Megaupload boss says innocent, rival stops file-sharing
- tor-talk Help users in Iran reach the internet
- UK Internet providers lose copyright court battle
- A Code of Conduct for Content Aggregators
- New Service Will Stream Local TV Stations Which ISPs are capping your broadband, and why?in New York - Barry Diller/Aereo.
- Slow learner? MPAA chief hints at talks to revive SOPA
- Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin
- Inside Washington's high risk mission to beat web censors
- Tim Berners-Lee urges government to stop the snooping bill
- An Open Letter From Security Experts, Academics and Engineers to the U.S. Congress: Stop Bad Cybersecurity Bills
- On the Irony of Occupying an Occupied Internet
- Which ISPs are capping your broadband, and why?
- Comcast’s “Six Strikes” Email With Infringement Details Surfaces
- Cablevision Disconnects Persistent Pirates for 24 Hours
- Japanese Police Arrest 27 File-Sharers in Nationwide Show of Force
- Comcast Punishes BitTorrent Pirates With Browser Hijack
- Piracy Doesn’t Hurt Game of Thrones, Director Says
- U.S. ‘Pirate’ Streaming Site Operator Gets Amnesty
- The Pirate Bay lands in North Korea, granted virtual asylum
- The Internet: We’re Doing It Wrong