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As Wikipedia Schedules Blackout, White House Comes Out Against SOPA-PIPA
2012-01-17 12:08:55

On Saturday, the Obama administration issued a formal statement in response to the highly controversial anti-piracy bills Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) that are scheduled for debate in the U.S. Congress next week. Although not quite tantamount to a veto threat, insiders say that this all but permanently derails both bills in their current form and many are interpreting the statement as a victory for advocates of a free Internet. The statement...

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2012-01-17 03:30:11

Jedidiah Becker for RedOrbit.com When the U.S. Congress returns from recess on January 24, both houses are expected to begin rolling up their sleeves to hammer out a final version of two of the most controversial pieces of legislation in recent memory: the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT IP Act, or PIPA for short) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Yet as the date draws closer, a growing panoply of concerns and...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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