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

SOPA : Stop Online Piracy Act – for the politics and economics of SOPA

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 :

What is Megaupload ?

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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