Monday, January 30, 2012

Is MegaUpload Guilty?

The discussion today in class centered around whether or not MegaUpload should be found guilty. Jennifer Granick's article from Stanford weighed in the debate. Some felt that MegaUpload should not be found guilty, but did admit that perhaps MegaUpload was lax about taking down illegal content. The discussion then shifted to France vs. Yahoo and the impact that the Internet is having on crossing and entangling different countries laws and regulations. France thinks the Internet is uncivilized. MegaUpload kingpin was indicted. What do you think?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

In Fight Over Piracy Bills, New Economy Rises Against Old

Legislation (aka #PIPA and #SOPA) had a large number of bipartisan supporters and very little examination generated a huge grass-roots coalition yesterday. Google protested with a blackout over its logo while Reddit and Wikipedia tooks things one step further by blacking out access to their sites greeting users with a sign-in sheet to protest and send to local legislation. In seminar this semester we have discussed such legislation and the widespread effect such regulation will have on the Internet. Will innovation be stifled? Should the Internet be policed? Join the discussion at UNK!