Internet Bills

Important Bills

COICA introduced in Senate

19 September 2010

ACTA final draft

15 November 2010

PIPA introduced in Senate

12 May 2011

S. 978 Bieber bill introduced in Senate

12 May 2011

DATA introduced in House

12 June 2011

ACTA signed

1 October 2011

SOPA introduced in House

25 October 2011

SOPA/PIPA Internet Blackout Protest

18 January 2012


PIPA/Bieber bill introduced in Senate

12 May 2011

Protect IP Act and Commercial Felony Streaming Act (Bieber bill) introduced in Senate.
Overwhelming initial support: 40 co-sponsors, 11 at time of introduction

PIPA passes Senate Judiciary //committee by unanimous voice vote

26 May 2011

Protect IP Act passes Senate Judiciary Committee by unanimous voice vote.
Mark-up session is 7 minutes long and no amendments are debated.
Bill is placed on Senate calendar.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) immediately announces opposition

Commercial Felony Streaming Act passed by Judiciary Committee

16 June 2011

unanimous voice vote launches against S. 978 provisions that would become part of SOPA

19 October 2011

felony-streaming provisions

Anti-PIPA video released by FFTF

25 October 2011

4 million+ views over next 3 months on Vimeo + YouTube

SOPA introduced in House w/ strong support

26 October 2011

31 co-sponsors (12 at time of introduction)

Justin Bieber says on radio that Amy Klobuchar should be ‘locked up’

28 October 2011

for supporting the felony-streaming provisions in S. 978 and SOPA

House Judiciary Comittee hearings on SOPA

16 November 2011

American Censorship Day is held to commemorate the House Judiciary Committee's first hearing on SOPA (6000 + websites)
1 million+ Congress contacts in one day
2 million petition signers
Boing Boing, Mozilla, Hype Machine, TechDirt agree to site takeover. 4Chan and 6,000 sites also take over their sites.
Unprecedented Tumblr blackout (first major web company direct action)
80,000 calls generated to Congress
Thousands of sites blacked out their logo all day
First mass political participation by web companies
Rep. Lofgren participates and censors her page
Reddit community becomes active on SOPA
subreddit /SOPA gains 10,000+ subscribers in just a few days

Nancy Pelosi tweets her opposition to SOPA

17 November 2011

100,000s of calls for coalition-wide call-in campaigns

29 November 2011 - 15 December 2011

to House Judiciary Committee

Colbert Report covers SOPA/PIPA

1 December 2011

One of the first major television coverage moments
(many TV news parent companies are SOPA supporters)

House Judiciary Committee hearings on SOPA

15 December 2011

Huge online audience for the hearing
Dozens of amendments introduced and voted down

SOPA/PIPA Blackout Protest

18 January 2012

Web Goes on Strike: Largest Online Protest in History, precipitated by, wikipedia and grassroots groups:
SOPA Strike Protest Happens
Largest online protest of all time
More than 1 billion people saw anti-SOPA messages on January 18
4 top-10, 13 top-100 US sites, 115,000 small and medium sites participated in strike, 50,000 blacked out all or part of site (Wordpress network: 27,000 blackout and 17,000 ribbons)
Participant list
Largest participants include:
Imgur, Pinterest, Flickr, Amazon
10 million petition signers, 3 million emails, 100,000+ calls and 8 million Wikipedia call lookups to Congress opposing PIPA
3 million+ tweets mentioning "SOPA", "PIPA", "sopastrike", "blackoutSOPA", "stopSOPA"
Top 10 trending search terms on google: "sopa and pipa bills", "piracy", "censorship", "blackout"
Thousands protest outside senators’ offices in NYC, SF, Seattle, DC
Gallery of blacked-out sites and other actions here soon.
Senate responses:
At least 13 senators backed away from the bill in one day. 5 co-sponsors dropped their support of the bill: Blunt, Boozman, Cardin, Hatch, and Rubio
1/19 PIPA Whipcount becomes meme of the day

Senate plans to take up PIPA

24 January 2012

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) plans fillibuster