Criminalizing links: Why the Richard O’Dwyer case matters

The U.S. government continues to try and extradite British college student Richard O’Dwyer for simply linking to copyright-infringing files, on a site located in the UK. If they are successful, it could change the way we think about some of the fundamental underpinnings of the web.

Is the UN the next big threat to Internet freedom?

An arm of the United Nations says that because the Internet is a global entity, it should be controlled and managed by the UN. But critics say turning over control to the agency could put the openness and freedom of the Internet in jeopardy.

Why is Silicon Valley silent on CISPA?

In January, America’s great tech companies joined everyday internet users to break the back of a reviled law called SOPA. Months later, Washington is brewing a new law that alarms many SOPA opponents — but this time the same companies have been quiet as church mice.

Facebook clarifies its CISPA stance. Will the web care?

The latest tech policy debate, over CISPA has put Facebook, a supporter of the law, in the web’s crosshairs. Today it has responded with a PR-friendly argument that illustrates a level of cynicism about how our government works and who holds the power in negotiating legislation.

Google launches the “power of the internet” campaign

Google announced a new project – Take Action – that asks you to tell your story about the Internet and share it with the social web. Its motive: build grassroots momentum and keep check on widely reviled legislations such as SOPA, PIPA and their new variants.

Why it’s wrong to call copyright infringement “theft”

We’ve gotten used to the content industries arguing that what happens when people download or make copies is “theft.” But using that term muddies the waters when it comes to what copyright is supposed to be about, and lends support to irrational laws and court decisions.


The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a bill that was intended to help protect intellectual property on the web, but its…

SOPA website gallery: The day the Internet went dark

Numerous sites went black Wednesday to protest the SOPA and PIPA bills. Participants included Wikipedia, Google, Craigslist, Greenpeace, Reddit, 4Chan and others, and many didn’t just stop at adding a black background. Check out our website gallery to take a look at some of the sites.

SOPA and PIPA for newbies

If you’re just hearing about SOPA and PIPA, the complexity of these controversial bills can seem daunting. Here’s your quick guide to the proposed pieces of legislation and a one-stop shop of resources that can help you learn much, much more.

What does a kid’s birthday cake have to do with SOPA?

In a presentation about SOPA and PIPA, author and media theorist Clay Shirky starts with an anecdote about a mom-and-pop bakery in his old neighborhood that made custom birthday cakes for children. What does that have to do with piracy? More than you might think.

Brad Feld: Why SOPA and PIPA must be stopped

SOPA and PIPA bills, both in their substance and, significantly, the process by which they have moved along, fail this test. As such, they reveal a disturbing picture about the policy process in Washington and threaten to create significant and unintended consequences.

What the web is saying about SOPA & PIPA

In the wake of a weekend announcement that the White House wouldn’t support SOPA as written as well as the canceling of the DNS provisions in the bill, the web has shifted attention from the Stop Online Piracy Act to the Protect IP Act.

Could SOPA fly if big media put skin in the game?

What if the answer to all the political theatre surrounding SOPA was an amendment forcing copyright holders to put their money where there mouths are? Some of SOPA’s terribly harsh penalties for infringement can stay, but making false allegations would cost accusers dearly.

Hate SOPA? 6 things you can do to stop it

Many of y’all are against the Stop Online Piracy Act, but it’s time for a bit of a reality check on working with Washington. While boycotting GoDaddy might feel good, here are six actions that will be more effective at changing politicians’ minds.

Can OPEN help Congress make peace with the Internet?

A bi-partisan group of senators and congressmen is proposing an alternative to the widely-criticized Stop Online Piracy Act. The new bill, known as OPEN, has already won some support from opponents of SOPA, who say OPEN’s approach to piracy is much less damaging to the web.

What the web is saying about SOPA

No matter how you categorize the Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA, the technology industry has unified against this issue in a way that I have not seen before — even during the network neutrality debates. We take a look at what the web is saying.