We list our top five most read stories of 2012, which include a personal story on how piracy affected a Neowin writer, a blow up over a Samsung ad using an actor from an Apple ad and more.
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The US Congress will begin another legislative session in January, but we should not expect lawmakers to deal with any bills similar to the SOPA and PIPA bills that blew up in their face in 2012.
A new four letter bill, the IAMA, looks to protect the Internet from other bad four letter bills like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA. But will the Internet American Moratorium Act gain traction?
In less than a month, behind closed doors, the UN is going to hold discussions that could have huge ramifications for internet users everywhere. Let's get them to come clean and bring it into the open
ACTA and the whole copyright concern around it, was thought to have been laid to rest. It hasn't been: A European Commission negotiator managed to let slip CETA copies from ACTA.
A recently leaked RIAA presentation says that legislation like SOPA and PIPA wouldn't have done much to combat piracy, even if they had passed, while blaming Google for the backlash against them.
SOPA author Lamar Smith is back again, this time rallying for a new law that would allow the Justice Department to bring down the 'full force of the law' against journalists who leak state secrets.
After fighting against SOPA earlier this year, the Internet rejoiced at its ability to come together against controversial bills. Now it's coming back again, ready for another round.
The fight for internet freedom could be getting a little bit more defined; one group has created the Declaration of Internet Freedom, a bare-bones summary of their idea of 'digital rights.'
Some in the government believe that corporations tricked citizens into protesting against SOPA and PIPA in order to protect their own profits.
Despite the efforts of internet activists like Test PAC and Fight for the Future, SOPA author Lamar Smith has won re-election by an unbelievable margin. Did we mention the RIAA funded his campaign?
A new grass roots organization, the Internet Defense League, has been formed with the goal of having websites join together to combat threats to the Internet such as SOPA.
CISPA, the bill hailed as 'the new SOPA,' passed through Congress by a healthy margin, despite cries from privacy advocates, and the Obama administration's threats to veto the bill.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, is coming up for a vote in the US House of Representatives this week despite protests that the bill could lead to online privacy problems.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin fears that the open nature of the Internet is being threatened by "very powerful forces", adding, "I am more worried than I have been in the past,"
A new piece of legislation is causing an uproar among privacy advocates regarding the bill, which encourages ISPs to share information regarding cybersecurity threats and piracy with the government.
After all the outrage they caused, the MPAA is still trying to force SOPA-like legislation into law? It's finally clear: this is a battle to death between the free internet and big media.
A former vice-president at the Motion Picture Association of America has turned against the group and the Stop Online Piracy Act they were so keen to push through to the greater internet masses.
Christopher Dodd, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, said in a new interview he is "confident" there are conversations between the tech and entertainment industry about SOPA.
The threat that the hacker group Anonymous will shut down the Internet this weekend for "Operation Blackout" most likely won't happen as some Anonymous news groups deny such a event is planned.
Anonymous is threatening to blackout the web on March 31st, in protest of SOPA and Wall Street. The plan is to DDoS the entire DNS system, making it impossible to access a website by any normal means.
As promised a few months ago, the Wikipedia domain names have now been moved from GoDaddy over to MarkMonitor, thanks in part to GoDaddy's previously announced, and then retracted, support of SOPA.
SOPA author Lamar Smith is back, and worse than ever. He's the author of a new bill which would require ISPs to record tons of sensitive information, and it's got a title that you won't believe.
JotForm, a service that allows users to create online forms, was taken down by the U.S. Secret Service for a couple days due to content posted by a user, according to a JotForm co-founder.
Germany has announced that the country has postponed its vote on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, showing that ACTA is starting to lose support in the European territories.
Star Wars creator George Lucas has signaled his opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), saying that the bills before the US Congress are "sloppy legislation."
A new version of SOPA, including internet kill switch provisions, is in the works after the RIAA CEO called for tougher laws and declared the collective internet to be members of Anonymous.
The hacker group Anonymous is continuing to launch cyber attacks on various web sites around the world, with the newest victims being three Mexican government-based web sites.
Striking government websites once again, Anonymous is taking credit for bringing down several Irish government websites, in protest of copyright reform laws that are being called the 'Irish SOPA.'
The official web site of the Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA) has been hit with lots of emails from people who think the site is supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act.
The hacker group Anonymous has continued its run of cyber attacks inspired by the Megaupload shutdown by hacking and defacing the Federal Trade Commission's online security site
US Senator Chuck Grassley got his official Twitter page hacked on Monday by an unknown person who used it to post anti-SOPA and PIPA messages before the page was taken back later that day.
The official web site for the mixed martial arts company UFC was the victim of a cyber attack on Sunday, apparently due to the organization's support of SOPA and PIPA.
The US's video game trade group, the Entertainment Software Association, has killed its previous support of the SOPA and PIPA bills, calling on the parties involved "to refocus their energies".
In a major victory for opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), the leaders of both sides of the US Congress have decided to delay voting on both bills.
All four remaining Republican candidates for President of the US declared their opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act in a debate on Thursday, putting them in agreement with President Obama.
Opposition to SOPA and PIPA continues to grow in the House of Representatives, while the Senate has more supporters of the bills than opponents as of Thursday evening.
The day after its SOPA/PIPA blackout, the Wikipedia web site announced that over 162 million people viewed the blackout page. The site urged people to continue to contact their elected representatives
Google created an online petition to show members of Congress that the American public opposes SOPA and PIPA - and collected 4.5 million virtual signatures in one day.
As the Internet protests SOPA, there's still a few who don't know what the bill means, or why law-abiding citizens should care. Anti-SOPA isn't pro-piracy, and here's why you should care.
A new document claims that US Senator Harry Reid, who is leading the charge to have the Senate vote on PIPA next week, received over $3.5 million in campaign donations from pro-SOPA/PIPA groups.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a public post on his Facebook and Twitter page today saying he and his company are opposed to the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US Congress.
Today's online protest against SOPA and PIPA has broken out into the real world with over 2,000 people protesting the bill in New York City's midtown Manhattan district.
A large number of web sites have decided to join Wednesday's protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act bills, including BoingBoing.net, Gamasutra and more.
The US House of Representatives has announced that it will continue discussing the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) sometime in February due to congressional retreats being held this month.
As promised, Wikipedia's English language web site is now down for 24 hours with only a message protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act. Other web sites will join the protests later today.
Microsoft has finally issued a direct statement about its position on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) saying that it opposes SOPA "as currently drafted."
The head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has issued a statement slamming the upcoming "blackout" protests of the Stop Online Piracy Act that are scheduled for Wednesday.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has confirmed that the free online encyclopedia will join other web sites and will shut down operations for 24 hours on Wednesday, January 18 to protest SOPA.
The controversial bill that has been causing mayhem on the Internet, The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA for short, has been set aside until the House is able to come to a consensus.