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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 next day.

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 "enhance enforcement" against websites that contain copyrighted content without permission, counterfeit goods or anti-DRM software as well as sites that link to them. See copyright and plagiarism.

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 and Section 230.


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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(61) Further, a contravention under the AB PIPA or BC PIPA may give an individual a cause of action in court for damages the individual has suffered as a result of a breach of an obligation by an organization under either Act.
Finalmente se destacan las muestras de lavado de las pipas T invertida, T invertida con mamelones, Cola de pescado, Indeterminada con inciso, Indeterminada con engobe rojo, Indeterminada de piedra e Indeterminada con engobe rojo y mamelones, las muestras de sedimento de T invertida Indeterminada con engobe rojo y mamelones e Indeterminada de piedra, asi como la muestra de raspado de pipa cola de pescado porque no arrojaron resultados positivos para la presencia de silicofitolitos y granulos de almidon (Tabla 4).
Lo que si es evidente, como Sumner Greenfield ha apuntado, es que "en 1919, al poetizar y meditar liricamente en La pipa de kif su nueva vision grotesca del mundo, revela don Ramon la estetica deshumanizante que estaba a punto de manifestarse, ya definitivamente y madura, un ano despues" (149).
It was designed to protect all of the high value reef and island sites during the first phase of implementation and serve as a building block for the PIPA's future amplification strategy.
"We fear that the broad new enforcement powers provided under SOPA and PIPA could be easily abused against legitimate services like those upon which we depend.
statement says that SOPA and PIPA are over-reaching, and threaten to kill free
The controversy surrounding the bills also prompted the White House to release a statement Monday that said the Obama administration would not support legislation that would "tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet through manipulation of the Domain Name System (DNS), a foundation of Internet security." The statement did not specify whether President Obama would veto SOPA or PIPA.
'This is an extraordinary action for our community to take,' Wikipedia's Wales said earlier in the week about the blackout, adding, '...we simply cannot ignore the fact that Sopa and Pipa endanger free speech both in the United States and abroad, and set a frightening precedent of Internet censorship for the world.'
The two online piracy bills (PIPA in the US Senate, and SOPA in the US House of Representatives) have many things in common, and both give IP owners unprecedentedly broad power to block and persecute what they regard as offending websites.
Visitors will only see information about the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).