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December 30, 2011 9:32:54 AM

Burned By Fleeing Customers, GoDaddy No Longer Just ‘Doesn’t Support’ But Actually

“OPPOSES” SOPA



Just in time for the aptly named “Dump GoDaddy” day, our favorite PR piñata GoDaddy just emailed a number of press, with a fresh statement from new CEO Warren Adelman.

From the email …

The statement is from our newly appointed CEO, who makes it clear, we don’t just ‘not support SOPA,’ Go Daddy OPPOSES SOPA.

“We have observed a spike in domain name transfers, which are running above normal rates and which we attribute to GoDaddy’s prior support for SOPA, which was reversed,” said Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman. “Go Daddy opposes SOPA because the legislation has not fulfilled its basic requirement to build a consensus among stake-holders in the technology and Internet communities. Our company regrets the loss of any of our customers, who remain our highest priority, and we hope to repair those relationships and win back their business over time.”

In the statement GoDaddy admits to seeing a “spike” in domain transfers due to its SOPA support — I’ve emailed them to put an actual number to the spike and have yet to hear back. For those that haven’t been following along, domain registrar GoDaddy removed itself from the official list of SOPA supporting companies over the weekend after ambiguously saying it “didn’t support” SOPA the week prior.

Because its support eventually led to a mass exodus of customers, the company faced accusations of purposefully slowing down domain transfers, and even got to the point where it had representatives call users transferring domains, begging them to stay.

Not the most amazing situation, for any business. So now GoDaddy straight up “OPPOSES” SOPA (ALL CAPS theirs) – But is a statement like that enough to bring customers back? Or is this another case of too little/too late?


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http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/29/burned-by-fleeing-cust...
December 30, 2011 11:03:27 AM

Can we make one of these threads official and keep it updated as information comes out?
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December 30, 2011 12:01:32 PM

It doesn't matter how much opposition there is. This is going to pass, and Obama will sign it. It's part of "the plan" man.

Control of information = control of thought = control of the sheeple
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December 31, 2011 3:49:14 AM

Oldmangamer_73 said:
It doesn't matter how much opposition there is. This is going to pass, and Obama will sign it. It's part of "the plan" man.

Control of information = control of thought = control of the sheeple

Well, u know, it was introduced in the House as H.R. 3261 by Lamar Smith (Republican-TX) on October 26, 2011

It has written lobby($$$) all over it, and politicians can include all they want in the bill like this. That's why they like it. They don't really care about anything, but their career as a politician.

Why they are allowed to serve more than 4 years?
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December 31, 2011 4:17:06 AM

It seems we have 2 choices these days to fight these things
Our wallets and our votes
Just remember who voted for this
Just like Bank of America, and lately Verizon, money talks
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December 31, 2011 4:20:24 AM

JAYDEEJOHN said:
It seems we have 2 choices these days to fight these things
Our wallets and our votes
Just remember who voted for this
Just like Bank of America, and lately Verizon, money talks

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December 31, 2011 6:32:23 AM

If Richard Stallman says SOPA is bad, I will agree.

;) 

Down with SOPA! (whatever it is!)

Seriously, if anyone thinks that BoM can be responsible for the content posted on these forums, they are sadly mistaken. I would hate to see Tom's Hardware banned because some spammer posts some link to an illegal file-sharing website or the such, even accidental copyright infringement... Unless we employ a moderation team like in a dystopian regime where we have censors...

I'm against piracy, but all this bill seems to be aiming to do is to shut down the internet as we know it. If they did something to incur the wrath of the beard of Stallman and the EFF something is amiss about this bill...
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December 31, 2011 3:38:59 PM

This insane.

I wonder if we as people can revolt over this. You know...use your imagination.
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December 31, 2011 3:39:45 PM

I also find it funny that EVERY website in the world would have to be shut down.
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December 31, 2011 4:12:04 PM

dogman_1234 said:
I also find it funny that EVERY website in the world would have to be shut down.


All of the sudden, google search would go from million results to maybe a few thousands, if that. And many topic's would be 0.
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December 31, 2011 4:13:55 PM

And all kinds of disclaimers before u could visit most websites.
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January 1, 2012 1:46:43 PM

I know im gona get some hate for this comment but oh well
like was said this bill was pass and more like them will keep coming and keep getting passed and its just the way it will be $ is all the world revolves round
There is only a couple problems with it all and that is one. there will be more people hacking and getting around it all which will just make more and more hackers (black hats) two. the us is a country founded by rebels and rebels fought to keep this country "free" unlike china and country's alike which have been under communist rule for thousands of years and know no different. unfortunately it will take all this to get much worse for people to stand back up
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January 1, 2012 11:43:18 PM

^About China...

It's not North Korea. It's semi-capatialist. I could write about ten little disclaimers about your comment, but I won't. That statement is very generalised and probably offensive.

But I understand what your talking about. We lost most of our freedoms with the new terrorism laws.
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January 1, 2012 11:58:06 PM

If staying on the theme of the internet, its fairly apropo
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January 6, 2012 12:28:19 PM

Al Gore: SOPA Is a Threat to the Internet

During a speech at a CareerBuilder event last night Al Gore voiced his concerns about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Responding to a question from the audience, the former US Vice President said that while content creators have legitimate concerns, SOPA is not the right answer.

“In our world today there is hardly anything more important [...] than to save and protect the vibrancy and freedom of the Internet,” Gore said.

“The Internet is bringing life back to democracy.”

“Anything that would threaten the vibrancy and freedom of the Internet and the future, I’m against.”

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http://torrentfreak.com/al-gore-sopa-is-a-threat-to-the...
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January 7, 2012 1:12:11 AM



No SOPA - Extensions @ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gagmjmoimnkgo...
Be notified if you're visiting the website of a company that supports the dangerous Stop Online Piracy Act legislation.
When you visit a site of a known Stop Online Piracy Act supporter's domain name, you'll see a notice bar at the top of the page letting you know.

Boycott? Nasty letter time? You decide.

by Andy Baird (@ajbaird) and Tony Webster (@webster)
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January 7, 2012 3:49:55 AM

SOPA = Sadistic Oppression (of a) Population's Activity.
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January 7, 2012 10:53:28 PM

Tom's Hardware and their related sites would do well to support and join the proposed internet blackout, along with Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, and others. It will most likely be Jan. 23. Possible the last, best way to get everyone's attention.

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January 8, 2012 6:18:20 PM

i think SOPA is needed ...

Let me tell you why ... because piracy is DESTROYING the IP creators of this world ... i mean it , it's tottally demolishing them , and SOMETHING , ANYTHING needs to be done ... if it's too strong , well we can work on weakning it later , but this far NOTHING has stopped the piracy judgernaught ..

i'm sorry that many of you are disapointed that the free buffet is about to end , but let's get real , IT NEEDS to ...

SOPA will pass , and let's all be HONEST , SOPA needs to pass ... none of us may LIKE it , but i think all of us can UNDERSTAND why it has come about .
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January 8, 2012 6:22:06 PM

Let me tell you why ... because piracy is DESTROYING the IP creators of this world

Can u explain what it means???
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January 8, 2012 6:39:24 PM

nikorr said:
Let me tell you why ... because piracy is DESTROYING the IP creators of this world

Can u explain what it means???


sure , IP means intellectual property , movies , books , music , video games etc .
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January 8, 2012 6:42:29 PM

marquis said:
sure , IP means intellectual property , movies , books , music , video games etc .

Why IP - make your case. Point out an example, please.
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January 8, 2012 6:56:31 PM

nikorr said:
Why IP - make your case. Point out an example, please.



wow , where did you come from ? are you new to the tech world ?

MAKE MY CASE?????????????? :pt1cable: 

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 




NO lol ......
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January 8, 2012 6:58:33 PM

marquis said:
wow , where did you come from ? are you new to the tech world ?

MAKE MY CASE?????????????? :pt1cable: 

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 




NO lol ......

Is that all u have?
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January 8, 2012 7:02:37 PM

nikorr said:
Is that all u have?


look , maybe you don't understand tech , so i'll TRY to make it simply for you ..... with todays pirating software you can get any movie , video game , E-book , windows application , tv show , song .. or any other form of intellectual property , completely free , off of the interent ....

This has been going on and increasing since napster first came about , if you want you can google napster , the wikipedia journal should fill you in on what it used to be when it first came out .



do you understand now ?
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January 8, 2012 8:10:43 PM

.. because piracy is DESTROYING the IP creators of this world ..

Oh, IP = Internet Protocol

Well, I understand little too much there for your term IP a.k.a. Internet Protocol and not intellectual property short. That's why the confusion, if think about that.

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Did u read it at all, what SOPA is all about? The SOPA is unconstitutional because, if enacted, "an entire Web site containing tens of thousands of pages could be targeted if only a single page were accused of infringement."

They are going to misuse the law if enacted, and censor our freedom as we know it. On Tom's forums if anyone post any links to illegally obtain software, the post is edited and closed within minutes, but still, it would not be enough.

So for anyone to post here, it would have to go through the moderation(censorship) channel and than it could be posted. And it still has nothing to do with piracy!

To have a SOPA to stop piracy, its like killing a fly with USS‑Alabama‑Battleship!

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January 8, 2012 8:20:08 PM

Bro , i don't know what your so up in arms about here ... SOPA actually does something , where as before , very little has been done to stop piracy ... now some people may think SOPA is an over reaction , but as far as i'm concerned it's AN action ... little has been done to really stop piracy , and i think we can ALL admit that it's out of control ... i mean how easy is it to mosey on over to that one webcite that's all about piracy and just start downloading to your hearts content ?

Something has to be done to fight piracy , and it's about time we let the government take the gloves off and actually fight .. i think right now alot of people are hiding behind freedom of speech to defend their continued piracy ... i don't for a second think that toms hardware is going to get shut down because of SOPA ... that wouldn't be rational , and SOPA is a rational bill to confront an out of control piracy sitaution ..

please understand that SOPA is not desgined to be an assult on freedom of speech , it's designed to be an assult on unmitiaged file sharing that is destory our countries content providers ...
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January 9, 2012 3:33:54 AM

If piracy was destorying innovation, destroying jobs, or 'destroying creators'...then there would be a fallout of the economy and innovation. Many Americans do not want to spend 30 -40 dollars to go see a movie which they can actually get for almost nothing.

The reason there is a huge nerd-rage right now is that the US gov't may use this as a 1st Amendment circumventer or silencer of opposition. Also, this bill will actually WORSEN IP guys. There works will be used less.

The IP guys still make money off royalties and lawyers.
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January 9, 2012 3:34:26 AM

Can someone get Oldmangamer over here please!?!!?
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January 9, 2012 12:01:53 PM

I've already said my piece. This has nothing to do with stopping piracy. This is a power grab by the federal government. I don't care what they tell us the intention of the law is.

The intention of the Patriot Act was to help stop terrorism. But now its being used to spy on American citizens who have no ties to terror like the TEA party and Ron Paul supporters, etc.

The road to tyranny is always paved by the best intentions.
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January 9, 2012 3:30:52 PM

OMG, are there any presidential candidates that oppose SOPA?

http://www.osnews.com/story/25469/Richard_Stallman_Was_...

There are interesting bits of this...

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Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels.


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But here we are, at the start of 2012. Obama signed the NDAA for 2012, making it possible for American citizens to be detained indefinitely without any form of trial or due process, only because they are terrorist suspects. At the same time, we have SOPA, which, if passed, would enact a system in which websites can be taken off the web, again without any form of trial or due process, while also enabling the monitoring of internet traffic. Combine this with how the authorities labelled the Occupy movements - namely, as terrorists - and you can see where this is going.

In case all this reminds you of China and similarly totalitarian regimes, you're not alone. Even the Motion Picture Association of America, the MPAA, proudly proclaims that what works for China, Syria, Iran, and others, should work for the US. China's Great Firewall and similar filtering systems are glorified as workable solutions in what is supposed to be the free world.

The crux of the matter here is that unlike the days of yore, where repressive regimes needed elaborate networks of secret police and informants to monitor communication, all they need now is control over the software and hardware we use. Our desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and all manner of devices play a role in virtually all of our communication. Think you're in the clear when communicating face-to-face? Think again. How did you arrange the meet-up? Over the phone? The web? And what do you have in your pocket or bag, always connected to the network?


You may not agree with the FOSS slant to this article :p . I wouldn't blame you, but it is definately relevant to SOPA and the terrorism laws (it's like a gov't catch-22 for goodness sakes)
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January 9, 2012 3:40:49 PM

amdfangirl said:
OMG, are there any presidential candidates that oppose SOPA?



You know, I don't think any of them have been asked the question.

Just another reason why letting your opposition run your own debates is lunacy.
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January 9, 2012 3:58:34 PM

I hope that this goes ahead:

http://techland.time.com/2012/01/05/sopa-what-if-google...

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Social Unrest
SOPA: What if Google, Facebook and Twitter Went Offline in Protest?
By Graeme McMillan | @graemem | January 5, 2012 | 83
inShare261

Can you imagine a world without Google or Facebook? If plans to protest the potential passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) come to fruition, you won’t need to; those sites, along with many other well-known online destinations, will go temporarily offline as a taste of what we could expect from a post-SOPA Internet.

Companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, Yahoo! and Wikipedia are said to be discussing a coordinated blackout of services to demonstrate the potential effect SOPA would have on the Internet, something already being called a “nuclear option” of protesting. The rumors surrounding the potential blackout were only strengthened by Markham Erickson, executive director of trade association NetCoalition, who told FoxNews that “a number of companies have had discussions about [blacking out services]” last week.


When Obama can't watch cute cat videos on Youtube, boy will he stop SOPA. :p 
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January 9, 2012 4:00:12 PM

Companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, Yahoo! and Wikipedia are said to be discussing a coordinated blackout of services to demonstrate the potential effect SOPA would have on the Internet, something already being called a “nuclear option” of protesting. The rumors surrounding the potential blackout were only strengthened by Markham Erickson, executive director of trade association NetCoalition, who told FoxNews that “a number of companies have had discussions about [blacking out services]” last week.

I was thinking of the same thing : )
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January 9, 2012 4:08:22 PM

On the topic of SOPA and spying etc.

http://www.fudzilla.com/mobiles/item/25469-rim-nokia-an...

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A group of Indian hackers called The Lords of Dharmaraja have managed to reveal that "in exchange for the Indian market presence" mobile device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple have agreed to provide backdoor access on their devices.

Apparently the backdoor has already been used to have a look at internal emails of the U.S.- China Economic and Security Review Commission. The commission is a government body with a mandate to monitor, investigate and report to Congress on 'the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship' between the US and China.

The hack was posted on Pastebin on December 21 and was immediately deleted. The hackers think it is something to do with US pressure because it did not want people know about their Secret Negotiations with Corporations and Governments what concerns Chinese.

However since the document included a Imgur link to documents called "the preview of the INDIAN MI spy prgramme called RINOA which they used to spy on the commission it could equally the Indians who pulled the article.

The hack hit the headlines when it was revealed that it exploited a weakness in the Symantec security checking software. However, the hackers think that the real news is the fact that the Indians are spying on the US government to find out what it is doing about China. Frankly that surprises us less.
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January 12, 2012 10:29:16 PM

Marquis, "bro", you are just straight up naive, plain and simple. Working in technology and understanding the effects this would have and the inner workings of the way the internet operates, this would completely decimate free speech, far over reaching controlling piracy. You really have no ground to stand on and there is a reason that there is such a unanimous outcry from the public at large. If you had any type of actual understanding of the bills, you wouldn't support it, but you seem like a paid troll or at least an ignorant one anyway.

Here, this independent analysis posted on tha Cato Institute's website from a former reporter for Ars Technica really gives some insight, something that's lacked in entirety by supporters of SOPA/PIPA:

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/how-copyright-industries...
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January 13, 2012 7:03:22 PM



Nvidia Opposes the Stop Online Piracy Act

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Nvidia has released a statement regarding its position on the Stop Online Piracy Act, saying that, while it opposes piracy, the law proposal isn’t the right way to fight such a phenomenon.


The whole gaming industry has been rocked by the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill currently in discussion at the U.S. congress, which would severely impact free speech on the Internet and fiercely punish anyone even remotely dealing with copyrighted content.

While the Entertainment Software Association, a group of video game companies from all around the world, openly supports SOPA, it seems that Nvidia, alongside many of its members, actually oppose the bill.

The graphics card company has now posted a statement on its corporate blog, saying that it wants to stop piracy, because “it hurts our game-developer partners,” but that SOPA isn’t the “right solution to the problem.”

Nvidia joins other video game companies, including Nintendo, Sony, Electronic Arts or Epic Games, which openly withdrew their support for SOPA, at least in its current form.

The bill will once again be discussed in Congress after its winter recess.

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Nvidia-Opposes-the-Stop-...
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January 13, 2012 7:05:22 PM

Recommended by truegenius.
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January 14, 2012 5:10:22 AM

i don't care who SOPA runs over .. piracy has had free regin for long enough ... if you want to make an omllet then you have to break a few eggs ...

i'm sure freedom of speech will somehow manage to survive SOPA ... somehow ...
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January 14, 2012 6:12:16 AM

amdfangirl said:
I hope that this goes ahead:

http://techland.time.com/2012/01/05/sopa-what-if-google...

Quote:
Social Unrest
SOPA: What if Google, Facebook and Twitter Went Offline in Protest?
By Graeme McMillan | @graemem | January 5, 2012 | 83
inShare261

Can you imagine a world without Google or Facebook? If plans to protest the potential passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) come to fruition, you won’t need to; those sites, along with many other well-known online destinations, will go temporarily offline as a taste of what we could expect from a post-SOPA Internet.

Companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, Yahoo! and Wikipedia are said to be discussing a coordinated blackout of services to demonstrate the potential effect SOPA would have on the Internet, something already being called a “nuclear option” of protesting. The rumors surrounding the potential blackout were only strengthened by Markham Erickson, executive director of trade association NetCoalition, who told FoxNews that “a number of companies have had discussions about [blacking out services]” last week.


When Obama can't watch cute cat videos on Youtube, boy will he stop SOPA. :p 


it reminds me of a show (on Nostradamus 2012 predictions (about ip)) of discovery channel
And something like error 404

"If we lose this freedom of ours, history will
record with the greatest astonishment, those
who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent
its happening"
-sign of jaydeejohn
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January 14, 2012 7:47:45 PM

White House cites free speech concerns over online piracy bills



WASHINGTON – The Obama administration raised concerns Saturday about efforts in Congress that it said would undermine "the dynamic, innovative global Internet," urging lawmakers to approve measures this year that balance the need to fight piracy and counterfeiting against an open Internet.
White House officials said in a blog post that it would not support pending legislation that "reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk" or undermines the global Internet, cautioning the measure could discourage innovation and startup businesses.
"Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small," the White House said.
The administration was responding to measures that would allow the Justice Department to target offshore websites -- through Internet service providers -- that offer illegal copies of music, movies and television shows online. The Senate is expected to consider similar legislation later this month.
Tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others have questioned the legislation, warning in a Nov. 15 letter that it would force new liabilities and mandates on law-abiding technology companies and require them to monitor websites. "We are concerned that these measures pose a serious risk to our industry's continued track record of innovation and job-creation, as well as to our nation's cybersecurity," the letter stated.
The White House said in the blog posted Saturday that it would work with Congress on legislation to help battle piracy and counterfeiting while defending free expression, privacy, security and innovation in the Internet.
The post was signed by Victoria Espinel, the intellectual property enforcement coordinator at the Office of Management and Budget; Aneesh Chopra, the nation's chief technology officer; and Howard Schmidt, an Obama adviser on cybersecurity.

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Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/14/white-house-...
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January 15, 2012 3:19:55 AM

DNS Provision Pulled From SOPA, Protect IP


It's a small victory for the technology sector.


On Friday, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he plans to remove the Domain Name System (DNS) blocking provision from the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is a copyright enforcement bill that's has stirred up some rather heated controversy from all corners of the internet.

Prior to its removal, the provision would have required ISPs to ................

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http://www.tomsguide.com/us/SOPA-Protect-IP-Lamar-Smith...
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January 17, 2012 8:12:45 AM

If Wikipedia closed when I was at school, I would be dead :p .

Wikipedia and Google are the extensible parts of my brain. :D 
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January 17, 2012 3:34:40 PM

amdfangirl said:
If Wikipedia closed when I was at school, I would be dead :p .

Wikipedia and Google are the extensible parts of my brain. :D 


:lol: 
Wikipedia will black out for 24 hours and since their is no Sunday on 18th then it will remain close during school/college hours :D 
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January 17, 2012 6:08:01 PM

According to Eric Cantor this thing is dead in the House. This comes as a bit of a surprise to me. I thought for sure it would get pushed through.

Pay attention. It will be back.
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January 17, 2012 8:32:24 PM

Under a new name with amendments of course.
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