Meet The Internet Defense League (And Join It, Too)

from the defend-the-internet dept

A bunch of the folks who were instrumental in the SOPA/PIPA fight have been working together over the last few months to build The Internet Defense League, which is launching today. Techdirt is a founding member, along with a number of other organizations and sites, including Reddit, Mozilla, Cheezburger, EFF, Fark, Imgur and more. The process is being driven by the awesome folks at Fight for the Future, who were the ones behind the American Censorship Day effort during the SOPA fight. The launch is today, in part because today is also the day that the new Batman movie opens -- and part of the IDL's concept is that when the internet is at risk, it can shine a "cat signal" to alert the internet to jump in and do something:
Believe it or not, they've actually put together a few of these cat signals in real life, so look around tonight in a few cities and you might see one.

Taking a page from Kickstarter, the IDL has set up various tiers to which you can donate to get your own personal mini-cat signal or a t-shirt or some other fun offerings.

Earlier this year, I wrote about the Hacking Society gathering, put on by Union Square Ventures. During that discussion, Clay Shirky brought up the idea of an "Internet Volunteer Fire Department" and Tiffiniy Cheng, from Fight for the Future, explained the IDL and how they were already working on it. You can watch that discussion to get a sense of the thinking behind this effort:
We're proud and excited to be a part of this effort. We, like many, hope that the IDL is actually a wasted effort and is never actually needed. But, given what we see happening all the time, it seems unlikely that the IDL will never need to be called into action.

Filed Under: defense, free speech, internet, openness
Companies: cheezburger, eff, fark, imgur, internet defense league, mozilla, reddit


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  1. identicon
    Someone, 19 Jul 2012 @ 4:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: What about my freedom to create without being pirated?

    If that's the end of the story for you, then that's cool. Since this is an open discussion though, I was simply contributing to the topic.

    As far as not compensating the rightful owners, that's not true at all. You may not be directly giving them your money, but by paying for your cable subscription, you are in effect compensating the creators. Free samples fall under permissions that are granted by content creators. They agree to allow the cable companies (or whoever) to distribute free samples.

    You don't have to ask permission for something in order to receive it. Your argument is total nonsense. If I create a piece of music, and stipulate that anybody can download it whenever they want, it's not necessary for every single person to then come back and ask me if they can download the music whenever they want.

    So, the licenses are in fact enough because they are permissions granted by Microsoft that dictate how the software can be used. I'm granted permission to use the internet by way of paying my Internet Service Provider. The rest of your examples fall under my same argument. Asking for permission to do something is not necessary to be given permission to do that same something.

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