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We sifted through the news covering the SOPA protests to bring you the mother of all news roundups, with virtually every line gleaned from somewhere else...
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This wednesday, Wikipedia, Reddit, and a range of other high profile on-line sites will go black in protest of SOPA and PIPA, legislation currently being considered by the U.S. Congress, which will impose regulations on net practices in the name of exerting greater control over "piracy."
"While the 20th Century media titans are gearing up to push SOPA through Congress, we are just getting word that 2011 will be the worst year for motion picture theatrical attendance since 1995. Is it a coincidence? Or are these two events - the ongoing collapse of theatrical and the push for a new internet piracy law - related?"
Mashable editor in chief Lance Ulanoff explores what SOPA would mean for content distribution on the web. It looks like 1994.
This year the movie industry made $30 billion (1/3 in the U.S.) from box-office revenue. But the total movie industry revenue was $87 billion. Where did the other $57 billion come from? From sources that the studios at one time claimed would put them out of business…
The past few weeks on Capitol Hill have been busy for culture industry lobbyists, technology companies and civil liberties organizations. Both houses of Congress have been busy considering variations iterations of SOPA (the Stop Online Privacy Act, in some iterations known as the Protect IP Act) that would attempt to address issues surrounding copyright infringement by developing a swift judicial solution to shutting off sites suspected of copyright infringement in the US.
[Note: Further discussions of this have been put on hold until 2012 ... http://boingboing.net/2011/12/20/sopa-dead-until-2012-for-real.html]