Internet piracy

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Internet piracy

The illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material on the Web. See software piracy.

SOPA, PIPA and the 2012 Blackout
On January 18, 2012, Wikipedia and thousands of other websites either went offline or displayed prominent messages to protest two Internet piracy bills pending in the U.S. Congress. The protests were effective as congressional proponents dropped their support the very next day (stay tuned!).

The House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Senate's Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP Act) were written to block websites that contain copyrighted content, counterfeit drugs or anti-DRM software or have links to sites that do.

Although they targeted overseas sites, opponents claimed the loosely written bills would promote Internet censorship as well as place a huge monitoring burden on search engines and websites that host user-generated content or simply have links to content. In addition, they would allow rights holders to take suspected infringers quickly offline without conclusive evidence. DNS blocking, the suggested method for redirecting traffic away from rogue sites was also a sticking point, with experts claiming it would be problematic. See Megaupload.

Blackout Day
January 18, 2012 was a day coordinated to raise awareness. Whether sites went entirely dark or not, their combined messages reached more than 200 million people.
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Scott Bain, SIIA's Chief Litigation Counsel & Director of Internet Anti-Piracy, commented:"The appellate decision is an important vindication of the First Amendment speech rights of informants or whistleblowers.
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HMH Builders is a respectable company that put itself at significant risk by copying and distributing content it did not own," said Scott Bain, Chief Litigation Counsel and Director of Internet Anti-Piracy for SIIA.
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