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News, Feature The Copyright Standoff: Technology Pits Bad Rules vs. No Rules

The Copyright Standoff: Technology Pits Bad Rules vs. No Rules

Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen. On the morning of Jan. 18, Alexis Ohanian sat down, bleary-eyed, in front of his computer and, as he often did, opened Wikipedia. But this time something was wrong. The site refused to load.…
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News, The Snitch SOPA Might Be Bad Policy, but It's Not Censorship

SOPA Might Be Bad Policy, but It's Not Censorship

If you're reading this, chances are that you regularly consume media online. And if you regularly consume media online, you're almost certainly seeing and reading more today than you know what to do with about the federal Stop Online Piracy…
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News, The Snitch Media Companies Outspend Tech Giants in Fight Over SOPA

Media Companies Outspend Tech Giants in Fight Over SOPA

The tech industry has been paying quite a bit of attention to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill wending its way through the U.S. Congress that would allow media companies to pursue legal remedies against online search engines…
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Music, All Shook Down The Stop Online Piracy Act: The Owner of San Francisco's Burning House Records Explains His Support

The Stop Online Piracy Act: The Owner of San Francisco's Burning House Records Explains His Support

You've probably heard some rumblings about the Stop Online Piracy Act recently. And in all likelihood -- especially if you watch major news channels like CNN -- it's probably all sounded pretty bad and pretty scary. Casey Shafer owns and…
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News, The Snitch Google, Facebook, Others Fight Legislation to Stop Online Content Piracy

Google, Facebook, Others Fight Legislation to Stop Online Content Piracy

A veritable who's who of major tech firms in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley are fighting federal legislation aimed at putting a stop to theft of original content online.The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would allow content creators to…
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