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1st Big Event of 2012 : SOPA, PIPA, Megaupload

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/sopa-pipa-debate-ranks-higher-than-most-big-events-in-2011/67633

SOPA : Stop Online Piracy Act

www.sopa.com – for the politics and economics of SOPA http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/sopa-debate-whos-involved-and-what-are-the-stakes/2012/01/17/gIQAZAVq5P_gallery.html#photo=1

PIPA : Protect Intellectual Property Act

Result of protests (including Wikipedia & WordPress blackouts) :

Both have been postponed being voted on in the US (where these proposals originate)

Impact on Singapore : https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/01/singapore-considering-anti-piracy-legislation

What is Megaupload ?
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/megaupload-back-high-tech-whack-mole/story?id=15405292

File-sharing site – claims to have 150 million online customers
Founder, Kim Dotcom, charged in New Zealand. The US want him extradited.
His site was shutdown, but in retaliation, hackers hacked into FBI servers.
Site was found reopened from servers in the Netherlands

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