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
    Anonymous Coward With A Unique Writing Style, 19 Jul 2012 @ 5:17pm

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

    How is the argument nonsense? You said without asking permission. License or not, I have not directly asked permission per your own definition. Thus, I'm committing piracy per your definition.

    Also, even if I pay a cable company, I am not directly compensating the rightful owner. This is how that AC usually means things. If you aren't giving your money directly to them then you're stealing.

    The rest is the same. You stated a definition that by default is quite easily not met in almost every single situation. Thus, piracy has been committed by everyone not asking permission PER YOUR DEFINITION. Now, it might be nonsensical the manner in which I've explained things, but that's only to show how I'm not keeping with your definition. If you see fit to revise your definition of "piracy" then I'll see fit to revise my examples. In the ones you stated, which were revisions of mine, you are getting or asking permission from someone in control of something, be it a software or internet service, but they are a mere proxy or are allowing you to do so in a proxy-like manner. Ala licenses or agreements, but you at no point directly ask permission of the person who created said things. Again, I'm just keeping in line with your very specific definition.

    Which is why I said, "bad definitions are bad". And regardless, piracy has been defined. Ditto copyright infringement. So there's no real need to even go down this line beyond the AC starting it. But, suffice it to say, his definition of piracy is not even remotely correct. And luckily for the rest of us, the Supreme Court has ruled what is considered copyright infringement.

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