Wednesday, January 18, 2012

All Eyes On US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA): Fate Of Bill Now Unclear; Intellectual Property Watch, 1/17/12

Liza Porteus Viana, Intellectual Property Watch; All Eyes On US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA): Fate Of Bill Now Unclear:

"Meanwhile, tomorrow (18 January), thousands of websites such as Reddit, BoingBoing, Free Press, Wikipedia, and others plan to “go dark” (#SOPAblackout on Twitter) in protest of the bill. Some critics are also organising a flood of censored posts on Facebook to coincide with the blackout. People are also taking to Twitter to ask for simple blackout codes so their sites can participate in the day of protest.

“The uncertainty and the compliance burden … would just make it unprofitable to run Reddit and we would shut down,” Erik Martin, general manager of Reddit, told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. “As far as what the internet would look like … they’re [venture capitalists] just not going to be funding companies in this area. …It has a chilling effect.”

But not all technology companies are on board with the blackout. Twitter, for one won’t join, and Facebook is not encouraging the move."

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