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Voting on SOPA and PIPA Delayed: a Win for XDA and the Web

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XDA, along with many other sites across the web, went dark on January 18th in protest of two pieces of legislation that, if passed, could dramatically impact the free exchange of information on the internet. We’re excited to report that as a result of the negative backlash against SOPA and PIPA, voting on these two bills has been indefinitely delayed.

Representative Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, remarked:

After vowing two days ago to move forward, Mr. Smith said in a statement on Friday: “The committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation.” But he added,

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XDA is Back; SOPA/PIPA Still a Threat

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We want to thank all of you for signing our pledge today. We hit 50,000 signatures much faster than expected (actually, we had over 80,000 before eliminating duplicate IPs). We debated staying dark longer, but are keeping our commitment to XDA members to return online at the 50,000 mark.

We know that sites like Wikipedia will continue to raise awareness among the general public. We hope more savvy users–like those on XDA–will continue to be the loudest and most vocal opponents of SOPA and PIPA. We all have the most to lose. Whether you signed our pledge or not, please do contact your local Senator or Representative, or, if you’re not in the US, inform any friends or family you have in the States t. . . READ ON »

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XDA to Go Dark on Jan 18th at 8AM; You Can Help Bring Us Back Online

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XDA is a community built on openness and sharing. It has flourished because of our ability to freely exchange information, ideas, and development. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the Senate and Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the House give copyright holders the ability to more easily shut down sites (with mere accusations and without due process) that *might* be in violation of copyright laws. It was because of GoDaddy’s initial support for this legislation that we moved to another registrar. If you are unfamiliar with the particulars of the bills, read up on them on Wikipedia.

We had a long debate among admins and moderators about the best way XDA can combat this legislation. Several sites (most notably, Re. . . READ ON »

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Website Update: We’re moving from GoDaddy

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As many of you may be aware, we here at XDA-Developers occasionally stand in support of our members. All of you feel that you can submit things on the forums, knowing that the information is appreciated, used, and shared. We have members all over the world, and we know that the rules aren’t always the same when it comes to what you are “legally” allowed to do. I think I can speak for a great many by saying that while our unified voices are strong, there is nothing stronger than action. In keeping with that, we have decided to move XDA-Developers away from GoDaddy entirely.

This won’t surprise many. GoDaddy’s original support of the Stop Online Piracy Act, followed by their frankly . . . READ ON »

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