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
    anon, 19 Jul 2012 @ 8:51am

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

    LO they did not say this, this is a troll trying to muddy the waters so that people do not get together and use there strength of numbers to protect themselves and the internet as a whole

    Saying that fair use can be rather complicated, for instance any company making a profit from using someones art should be paying for it, but news sites can claim fair use as can parody sites.

    The main aspect though is that big business cannot take anyone's content and use it as there sole source of income without paying the content creator.

    If i have a site with all of the music in the world and let anyone come to my site to listen to it, as long as i do not make money from the site it seems like it should be fair use.

    If use the same site and get ad revenue i am generating income from the content and should be paying the artists, i.e like youtube and other content sites.

    The problem comes when we have torrent sites, there we can get anything and it is actually fair use, but artists expect to be paid for there content which is reasonable. If anything the more paid sites we have the better the artists would be compensated as people would rather download content from a site that they know compensates the artist.

    But the problem at the moment is that big business has twisted copyright law so much it is being used to stop torrent sites instead of compete with them with a better way to compensate artist.

    as an example. If there was a site that provided torrent links to every bit of content out there, and they made sure only quality content was represented with no fake or virus ridden torrents more people would use them, thereby increasing traffic and add revenue and thus being able to compensate artists, even if they has a donate button on every page to donate to the creator of the content i am sure they would make a lot of money, even then if they wanted to they could charge a fee for access to there torrents.

    Most if not all of us would rather pay something to compensate the artists if we could , we would pay a subscription fee or view adds but only if there was a good infrastructure and quality content as with torrents.

    But this removes the power from the big Hollywood copyright groups to make money controlling the content. They are fighting to stop just anyone from making a profit even if they are paying the artists more than they do at the moment.

    As soon as people start realizing this the sooner we can overcome the lies about fair use.

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