In the most decisive sign yet that support for controversial antipiracy legislation has collapsed, Sen. Harry Reid issued a statement announcing he has postponed the vote on the Protect IP Act.
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.
Citizens took to the streets with signs in hand today in outrage over the ramifications of proposed legislation before Congress.
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.
Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Darrell Issa say they want a Bill of Rights to protect Web users against censorship and those that would limit their online freedoms.
Today a NY tech meetup group rallied hundreds of citizens to gather at the steps of Senators Gillebrand and Schumer. From there, the peaceful demonstrators marched to Times Square, carrying signs and chanting. Once in the square, an Occupy-style "mic check" commenced as attendees decried the bills before congress as dangerous to americans' freedom of speech.
An important vote on SOPA is held up in the House, and support in the Senate appears to be faltering. At the same time, the White House sounds a critical note on the antipiracy bills.
In an era when Peter, Paul, and Mary aren't topping the charts with "Blowin' in the Wind," the protest song still seems to be finding a way to make itself heard.
Rep. Darrell Issa is pushing for a cooling-off period that would prevent the federal government from introducing new Internet regulation or bills for two years.
Perhaps as many as a thousand people gathered in midtown New York as part of a protest against antipiracy legislation.