Timeline of Key Events

October 23, 2007
-United States announces anti-piracy initiative called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) with trading partners

May 12, 2011
-Anti-piracy bills PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and Commercial Felony Streaming Act (CFSA) introduced in U.S. Senate

May 26, 2011
-Five leading Internet engineers issue white paper on anti-piracy bill’s potential threat to cybersecurity through DNS blocking

September 2011
-Center for Rights plans initiative called Fight for the Future to oppose PIPA and CFSA

October 1, 2011
-United States, Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Morocco, and Singapore sign ACTA in Tokyo; the European Union and its members expected to sign in January 2012

October 19, 2011
-Fight for the Future launches “Free Bieber” campaign against CFSA

October 26, 2011
-Anti-piracy bill Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) introduced in U.S. House

November 9, 2011
-Mozilla hosts a “brown bag” meeting for Internet companies, nonprofits, activists, and congressional staffers to plan protest to SOPA/PIPA

November 16, 2011
-House Judiciary Committee holds hearings on SOPA
-American Censorship Day held with websites blacking out and people calling Congress to oppose SOPA

December 15-16, 2011
-House Judiciary Committee holds markup on SOPA, but cannot finish before recess

December 22-23, 2011
-Reddit user starts protest to transfer domain names from GoDaddy due to its support of SOPA
-GoDaddy changes its support of SOPA to opposition

January 14, 2012

-Obama Administration responds to “We the People” petitions and opposes SOPA/PIPA’s potential harm to free speech, open Internet, and cybersecurity

January 18, 2012
-Wikipedia, Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist, Reddit, Tumblr, WordPress, and thousands of other sites go black in largest Internet protest in history

January 19, 2012
-Polish government informs Dialogue Group including Internet NGOs that Poland would sign ACTA; NGOs object based on lack of public consultations
-Effects of U.S. and New Zealand governments’ shutdown of Megaupload site felt in Europe

January 20, 2012
-Congress indefinitely suspends consideration of SOPA and PIPA bills due to protests

January 24-25, 2012
-Massive street protests against ACTA involving thousands of people in 50 cities in Poland

February 11, 2012
-Massive street protests against ACTA involving over 100,000 people in 250 cities in 27 EU countries

February 25, 2012
-More street protests held against ACTA in EU countries

June 9, 2012
-Final round of mass street protests held against ACTA in EU countries

June 21, 2012
-EU Parliament’s International Trade committee recommends (19 to 12) rejecting ACTA

July 4, 2012
-EU Parliament rejects ACTA by a landslide vote of 478 to 39

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