SOPA / PIPA and the anatomy of a bad idea

18 01 2012

The following is a site of the day I shared with my faculty which is actually a collection of sites. Rather than waiting to post this at the end of the week, it made more sense to get it out there today as the conversation is alive and well on the Internet and in the traditional media newsrooms.

Today’s site of the day provides context for the two images shown below. These resources are a great place to start a discussion about copyright, laws, emerging technology and effects on society. SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA is the Protect IP Act. You can learn more about both of these from the sites below. Start with the video by Clay Shirky then explore the other sites. You can learn more about Clay Shirky at You will hear about this in the news tonight and likely for days to come.

Google on January 18, 2012

Wikipedia on January 18, 2012

TED TALK: Clay Shirky-
Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)

Clay Shirky speaks about SOPA, PIPA at TED and places it in context and in terms we can clearly understand.

You can learn more about Clay Shirky at
He has two very interesting and timely books and I recommend both
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age


SOPA: Text of Bill from H.R. 3261

PIPA: Text of Bill from S.968

Google on SOPA and PIPA

Wikipedia on SOPA and PIPA

SOPA blackout: Bills lose three co-sponsors amid protests (L.A. Times)

CNN- SOPA explained: What it is and why it matters




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20 01 2012

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