Monthly Archives: January 2012

Evil MegaUpload is Down, so too ProtectIP and SOPA?

Rupert Murdock’s tweets do not seem to have convinced Google or anyone else in the tech community to support SOPA and/or ProtectIP.  Last night however, FBI agents working with New Zealand authorities claim to have “shutdown” Megaupload.com. Despite cyberattacks by Anonymous that briefly took down the DOJ, MPAA, RIAA and Universal Music Group websites last […]

Would you Support SOPA to Help the Ravens target Chinese Companies selling Counterfeit NFL Merchandise?

Baltimore Sun technology guru Gus  Sentementes reports that the NFL Ravens are pushing to shut down websites in China selling knock-off Ravens gear as the team prepares to face and hopefully shut down Houston in the play-offs this weekend. Sentementes’ article mentions that the NFL supports SOPA (the House bill to stop online piracy).  This […]

Copyright Troll Righthaven Appeal Prompts Important Fair Use Question

Righthaven earned its troll status by having a business plan that entails acquiring enough rights in copyright-protected material to allow it to sue unwary copyright infringers.  A California court recently ruled that one such defendant’s use of a Las Vegas Review-Journal article was fair use.  Righthaven appealed to the 9th Circuit.  Among the questions the […]

Google/Facebook/Twitter Blackout to protest SOPA?

Does anyone care what actual consumers want anymore?  The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) would allow large entertainment and media companies to have ISPs block “foreign” websites that host or display allegedly copyright-infringing materials.  The technology community claims that SOPA, if made law, will end the Internet as we now know it. To illustrate their point,  Wikipedia, […]