The story of how people defeated SOPA and Hollywood to save the Internet--for now.
SOPA proposed to crack down on online piracy by giving the Attorney General the power to block people's access to "rogue" foreign websites through DNS blocking, a technique utilized by China's government.More
January 18, 2012 was the biggest Internet protest in history, with over 115,000 sites blacking out their sites. SOPA was shelved two days later.
ACTA was a controversial trade agreement negotiated by the U.S., EU, and other countries in secret. The Internet chapter required countries to implement greater enforcement against piracy online.
Soon after the Wikipedia blackout, over 100,000 people marched in the streets of 250 cities in Europe to protest ACTA. The EU Parliament later rejected ACTA by a landslide vote of 478 against to 38 in favor.