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Posted on Techdirt - 21 January 2012 @ 12:00pm

DH's Love Child's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Wow. What a week. Unless you were living under a rock this week, you probably noticed a rather pervasive theme… At my last count, 46 articles were written this week about SOPA/PIPA including 20 on SOPA protest day. As I look back at the week, I was almost overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of articles and comments about this issue. For something that was supposed to just breeze through the legislative process, these bills very quickly polarized the population.

My favorites are a mix of the political (which, I have to confess, normally bore me to tears), and the funny.

Marcus Carab’s article about mocking the blackouts easily got my top spot for the week. His analysis was thoughtful and witty. I particularly loved this part:

“WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? WHY AM I THE LAST TO KNOW WIKIPEDIA IS BLOCKED! I BE ON THERE DAILY!!! [I like that she is less annoyed about losing Wikipedia than she is about the fact nobody told her. I’ve often thought SOPA/PIPA supporters are just mad because they were the last to find out about free movies.]”

Too true.

On the political side, this short but sweet article about both SOPA and PIPA being delayed (but not canceled) was a great result of netizens mobilizing, while this article asking what’s next is a good reminder that there’s still a lot of work to be done to make sure we keep our internet freedom.

This write-up about government and technology was a fascinating look into the procurement process (including some insightful comments) as well as a reality check on why government should tread VERY carefully on technology issues.

In the middle of this was the very disappointing ruling from our top jurists. This ruling disturbs me greatly and I wish the netizens could organize the same kind of blackout to raise awareness of how out of control copyright has become. The ruling also illuminates just how treaties and trade agreements (like ACTA and the TPP) can cause laws to have to change to meet our ‘international obligations’.

This trio of articles on DOJ, Megaupload and Anonymous were another look at how SOPA and PIPA really aren’t necessary as long as big content has the DOJ’s ear. Spend those dollars wisely, Hollywood!

Finally, if you want to know more about how the MPAA and Chris Dodd think, these articles are a great read. Remember kids, it’s all about the Benjamins.

And with that, I return you to your regularly scheduled trolling.

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