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January: SOPA causes a stir
The year opened with a big to-do in Washington as Congress considered the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Ostensibly designed to curb piracy by foreign websites, the bills prompted intense backlash from netizens arguing that the measures would stifle Internet freedom while protecting the interests of industry groups like the Motion Picture Association of America.
Our Jan. 23 cartoon depicted SOPA as an establishment measure put forward by politicians out of touch with the young and engaged protestors. Indeed, the bills eventually died in the face of a widespread grassroots protest that included many websites choosing to go dark to illustrate the chilling effect such laws could have.