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Republicans in Congress don’t know what internet freedom means

18
Sep
2014

In 2011, Joshua Kopstein wrote a killer piece for Motherboard titled Dear Congress, its no longer ok to not know how the internet works. Back then, the clumsy ignorance of our lawmakers allowed a charade called the Stop Online Piracy Act to make serious steps toward becoming law. The brief history of SOPA is this: the music and movie industry lost the battle against online piracy in the 2000s, and then decided it would just be easier to get Congress to blow up the internet. The bill was so odious that it led to unprecedented efforts to kill it, including an internet blackout intended to inform internet users that Congress was about to embark on a disastrous adventure in legislative stupidity.

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