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What Is the Internet Defense League?

Last night Public Knowledge joined with Internet activists gathered in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC (I attended the DC gathering) to formerly launch the Internet Defense League.  The purpose of the league is to provide an organizing tool for many of the forces that came together to defeat SOPA and PIPA.  Given that beating those bills was a political victory of comic book super hero proportions, the league naturally has its own “Cat Signal” showcased here, here, and here.

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How to Shake Off the Ghost of SOPA

The latest controversy with the Intellectual Property Attaché Act, formerly a provision within the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), is entirely self-inflicted by its lead sponsors. 

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Why a Successful Hulu was a Problem

It has been reported that NBCUniversal, News Corporation, and Walt Disney Company will block access to Hulu unless you pay for both a broadband subscription and a paid TV subscription.  Such a move will prevent an estimated 3.58 million people from becoming Hulu customers and likely stifle Hulu’s future success.  Who else but the executives who brought you the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would actively strangle their own Internet success story?  With an annual doubling of revenue and average monthly growth of 100,000 paid subscribers, it must be that Hulu was too successful (and disruptive) for its stakeholders to handle.  So rather than embrace the Internet, they have opted to reverse course and try to preserve the increasingly rejected business model of cable and satellite TV.

 

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Why SOPA Supporters Need Secrecy in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The fight for a globally unified and open Internet will never end, but so far the Internet community has been on a winning streak. This has become apparent to both Congress and to the forces that supported SOPA. It is this dynamic that has prompted the preemptive effort by policy makers attempting to pass major cyber security legislation to explain how their legislation is not SOPA

It is also what is fueling the effort by SOPA supporters and their allies in government to keep everything that is happening in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a mystery to the public. 

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Who Really Engaged in Misinformation?

In a blatant act of hypocrisy, Cary Sherman the chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as well as his allies, are claiming that the public was misinformed about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP (PIPA) when they opposed those bills.  As Sherman said, “misinformation may be a dirty trick, but it works.”  His organization would know given that for more than a year the RIAA, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and other pro-SOPA and pro-PIPA allies actively engaged in misinforming Congress on the implications of the SOPA and PIPA.  

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