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Come October, Don't Use YouTube In Japan

While the Japanese public watched a cult leader get arrested, their leaders in government quietly made a move that could make watching YouTube illegal in Japan.

ESA Drops SOPA Support

The Entertainment Software Association no longer supports the Stop Online Piracy Act, the controversial anti-piracy bill that was shelved earlier in the US House of Representatives after a week of fierce online protests.

See You, SOPA. House Postpones It Indefinitely

The Stop Online Piracy Act continues to fizzle and is, for all intents and purposes, dead. US congressman Lamar Smith, who wrote the law and staunchly defended it for weeks amid protests that it would disrupt online speech, announced today he is postponing any further action on the bill.

More US Senators Abandon PIPA

Support for PIPA, the Senate version of the notorious Stop Online Piracy Act, is dwindling faster than most media outlets can keep up with them. If you woke up to an article today that reported that X number of senators have dropped their support for the Protect IP Act, you can assume they under-counted.

Another PIPA Co-Sponsor Bails On The Bill

In a statement made on his Facebook page, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) announced that he is withdrawing his support for the Protect IP Act, which he co-sponsored, though he still supports “the original intent of [the] bill”.

'Retreats' Delay SOPA Hearings To February

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has issued a statement that due to Republican and Democratic “retreats”, hearings regarding the controversial Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) will resume in February. SOPA’s Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act, is scheduled for a vote on January 24.

Gaming Industry Spent $US190,000 Pushing For Senate Version Of SOPA

Many gamers and video game companies can’t stand the Stop Online Piracy Act and its companion bill the Protect IP Act (PIPA). But the Entertainment Software Association, the lobbyists who stage E3 each year and defend gaming’s freedom of speech rights, thinks PIPA is a good idea.

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