Please Share: Our image about SOPA back from the grave

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U.S. President Barack Obama has picked Robert Holleyman, who led efforts to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), to help lead the effort to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

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National Post: The U.S.-style copyright trolls have their sights set on Canada

The Canadian government is government is pushing forward a double whammy of legislation that could significantly undermine our privacy. Bills C-13 and S-4 threaten to introduce U.S.-style copyright trolling in Canada, allowing telecom companies to share your private information with law enforcement and even private companies without any court oversight. Are you worried about the privacy implications of these bills?

Article by Justin Ling for The National Post

You might want to think twice about downloading a pirated copy of the new Captain America movie — or any other film — thanks to a new federal piece of legislation that was quietly tabled in the Senate this week. Read more »

Please Share: Our image about how the TPP could kick families off the Internet is going viral

Do you think a 'censor first and ask questions later' approach is fair?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens to kick whole families off the Internet just for suspicion of copyright violation.

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Here’s how we can create a new vision for sharing and collaborating online

“How do you plan to create rules that support the wishes of all the people using the Internet without consulting all of the people who use the Internet? Democratic process needs to be followed when dealing with any system or structure that is relied upon by this many people.”

This comment was put forward by an OpenMedia community member using our Digital Future tool last year, as ultra-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations were coming to a crunch. Although we knew the TPP was bad, our worst fears were confirmed late last year when Wikileaks released shocking information exposing just how severe the TPP would be for our digital future. Read more »

From Antarctica to Vietnam, global Internet users are creating a vision for our digital future

Our small team at OpenMedia would like to take a moment to thank you - all of you - who have used the Internet to help create a roadmap forward for a fair digital future.

It was in October 2013 that we asked our community - Internet users who are invested in driving the Internet, creating and sharing online, and collaborating without borders - to help shape our collective digital future.

Our call was in response to continued backdoor negotiations of a massive agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which will threaten our ability to innovate online, create excessive copyright terms, and criminalize your online activity. Read more »

Topics: Copyright

We’ve seen it happen in the U.S. - Are ‘copyright trolls’ coming soon?

Last week, Canada’s federal court handed down a ruling that media outlets across the country reported as having significant implications for Canadian Internet users. While the headlines have tended to focus on the threats to users’ privacy, and the possibility of U.S.-style lawsuits over alleged infringement coming to Canada, the real-world consequences may turn out to be much less dramatic, as new rules proposed by the court bode well for Canadians.

This past June, we alerted our community to legal action being taken against indie ISP TekSavvy by media giant Voltage Pictures. The company claimed that approximately 2000 TekSavvy customers had allegedly violated copyright by downloading movies Voltage held the rights to. Read more »

Topics: Copyright

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