Flickr Users Can Join SOPA Protest

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Lamar Smith -- Darken on Flickr
Flickr, Yahoo!’s photo sharing website, has given its users the power to darken any (well, almost any) photos they like–even those uploaded by others–if they want to join today’s protests against the proposed anti-piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA. The picture above is an example of one of the darkened photos. As a freemium service, it’d be unfair to pro account users to have their photos made unavailable, for whatever reason. Therefore, users can opt-out of the campaign so that their… continue…

MPAA Chairman Opposes The Blackouts (Surprise!)

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Chris Dodd SOPA
MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd is, not surprisingly, opposing today’s Internet protests of the proposed SOPA and PIPA laws. Chris Dodd, a former Senator from Connecticut, says the blackouts are “irresponsible” and that this is another “gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals.” Speaking for myself, I should remind Mr. Dodd, that if every person with an Internet business had an annual salary of $1.5… continue…

Google, Facebook, Amazon Contemplate Blackout To Protest SOPA

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SOPA is being opposed by a number of companies and individuals for obvious reasons. Large internet businesses like Google, Facebook, Twitter, eBay and Mozilla openly oppose the bill, while savvy Internet users have done all they can to stop it, including calling their congressmen and boycotting those that support it. GoDaddy, for example, reversed its initial stance from “support” to “oppose” after its customers, including Wikipedia, moved their domain names elsewhere in protest. But the battle is far from over.… continue…

Here’s Why GoDaddy Backed Down on SOPA

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Go Daddy
GoDaddy has withdrawn its support of SOPA only a day after the domain registrar shrugged off a boycott attempt by its customers. Earlier, the company told Ars Technica: Go Daddy has received some emails that appear to stem from the boycott prompt, but we have not seen any impact to our business. We understand there are many differing opinions on the SOPA regulations. GoDaddy’s new statement, clearly titled “Go Daddy No Longer Supports SOPA,” says that while the company supports… continue…

GoDaddy Reverses Itself on SOPA

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GoDaddy against SOPA
Even if the vote for SOPA has been postponed to January, every day that passes the bill seems to lose more support. GoDaddy initially supported the bill, but yesterday reversed itself. Why? It could be because someone started a campaign on reddit suggesting everyone transfer their websites to another registrar. Another eloquent example was from Ben Huh, the CEO of Cheezburger: We will move our 1,000 domains off @godaddy unless you drop support of SOPA. We love you guys, but… continue…

GoDaddy Drops Support for SOPA

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No Go, Daddy
UPDATE: GoDaddy, the largest domain name registrar in the world, has reversed itself and no longer supports the SOPA bill. Earlier, the company’s backing of the bill sparked  anger among customers who see the bill as destructive. GoDaddy’s earlier position  shocked many since it was directly opposite to that of many technology players like Google, Facebook, AOL, eBay (and PayPal), Mozilla, Reddit and Twitter. It’s also a PR disaster. It seemed that the company had no idea why the bill… continue…

Wikipedia Could Go Dark to Oppose SOPA Anti-Piracy Bill

Wikipedia Blackout
Wikipedia is taking on SOPA. This week is decisive for the anti-piracy bill,  which goes before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. We’ve talked a little about what it means for the future of the Internet–the end of free services like YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, and Flickr. The European Commission has tried to help, filing a resolution to halt domain seizures by U.S. authorities; but in the end, the EU won’t be able to stop the changes U.S. authorities want to… continue…