New Yorkers demonstrate against SOPA and PIPA legislation (photos) Video
Today, several high-profile sites "blacked out" in protest of the SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills. What effect are these actions having on the Web, and the legislation? We discuss with Declan McCullagh of CNET and Trevor Timm of the EFF.
Anyone surfing the Web on Wednesday probably noticed a lot of their favorite sites looked a little different. Wikipedia, Google, and Amazon, among others, all took steps to protest two antipiracy bills that Congress is considering. The bills are known as SOPA and PIPA. Internet companies say that if passed the bills would threaten the "openness" of the Web. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.
SOPA protesters gather in New York City.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) announces new legislation seeking to make an example of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who recently renounced his U.S. citizenship. Schumer proposed legislation that would deny U.S. visas to anyone who is believed to have renounced their U.S. citizenship to avoid taxes.
The backlash against the SOPA and PIPA anti-copyright bills continues. Major sites took themselves offline. The U.S. government shut down MegaUpload. Anon launched a successful attack against government Web sites. All of these events are related, and the stories are still developing. That's what we're talking about today, with CNET experts Declan McCullagh, Greg Sandoval, and Elinor Mills.
The Internet flexed its power with this week's SOPA/PIPA blackouts, but make no mistake: this battle isn't over yet, and will only intensify--it might get a lot more sneaky, in fact. But this week? The Internet wins. Will students lose out with Apple's new plan to revamp the textbook industry? Or just the students (and schools) who can't can't afford iPads?
Tomorrow, you may notice that you can't access some of your favorite Web sites. Wikipedia, Reddit, and MoveOn.org, among dozens of others, are suspending their services for 24 hours. They're protesting Internet piracy bills currently being considered in the U.S. House and Senate. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.
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