On Wednesday, January 18th, 2012, sites such as Reddit, Wikipedia, FSF.org, Firefox, WordPress and many others striked against censorship in protest and opposition of the PROTECT IP Act and SOPA. Congress has further postponed the bills, after many members dropped support and co-sponsorship.

PIPA is the PROTECT IP Act and SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act. They were two bills, one in the Senate, the other in the House, that would make copyright laws worse with poor copyright enforcement, instead of focusing on correctly attributing works under "some rights reserved".

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The Pirate Bay - Away From Keyboard

"Away From Keyboard" is a documentary film that focuses on the trial of the three founders of The Pirate Bay - Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm. Filming began in summer 2008, and concluded on August 25th, 2012, and was released on February 8th, 2013. This film is directed by Simon Klose.

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Tears of Steel

"Tears of Steel" is a short film made in Amsterdam the Netherlands by the Blender Institute. As usual these films get financing by crowd-funding in online communities of 3D artists and animators. Producer Ton Roosendaal invited young Seattle talent Ian Hubert to come work in Amsterdam for 7 months to write and direct the film – assisted in Blender Institute’s studio by an international team of 3d and vfx artists, and with a Dutch film crew and Dutch actors. The film’s premise is about a group of warriors and scientists, who gathered at the “Oude Kerk” in Amsterdam to stage a crucial event from the past, in a desperate attempt to rescue the world from destructive robots.

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Patent Absurdity

Patent Absurdity explores the case of software patents and the history of judicial activism that led to their rise, and the harm being done to software developers and the wider economy. The film is based on a series of interviews conducted during the Supreme Court's review of in re Bilski — a case that could have profound implications for the patenting of software.

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Occupy Los Angeles TV

On October 1st, 2011 protesters took to City Hall in Los Angeles to protest economic inequality in the United States and worldwide. The actions of a few courageous people inspiring a movement of not only the solidarity of a nation, but the solidarity of humanity globally. What happens next is up to you.

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Cyrano De Bergerac

Hercule Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, a cadet (nobleman serving as a soldier) in the French Army, is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents. In addition to being a remarkable duelist, he is a gifted, joyful poet and is also shown to be a musician. However, he has an extremely large nose, which is the reason for his own self-doubt. This doubt prevents him from expressing his love for his distant cousin, the beautiful and intellectual heiress Roxane, as he believes that his ugliness denies him the "dream of being loved by even an ugly woman."

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Code Rush

The year is early 1998, at the height of dot-com era, and a small team of Netscape code writers frantically works to reconstruct the company's Internet browser. In doing so they will rewrite the rules of software development by giving away the recipe for its browser in exchange for integrating improvements created by outside unpaid developers. The fate of the entire company may well rest on their shoulders. Broadcast on PBS, the film capture the human and technological dramas that unfold in the collision between science, engineering, code, and commerce.

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Oceania

A drama of heartbreak and broken homes of the lives of teenagers as they handle the breakup of their parent's marriage in a small California coastal town. Oceania is written and directed by Harry Dehal, at the age of seventeen, and on a budget less than $4,000. The film hit the big screen at the 2008 Cinequest Film Festival, closing with a sold-out audience. Oceania has since been released for free under a Creative Commons license and shared over peer-to-peer networks and torrents, with contributed translations in English, French, Spanish, Galego, and Turkish.

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Sintel

"Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free software 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.

This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.

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Big Buck Bunny

Big Buck Bunny is a comedy about a well-tempered rabbit "Big Buck," who finds his day spoiled by the rude actions of the forest bullies, three rodents. In the typical 1950s cartoon tradition, Big Buck then prepares for the rodents in a comical revenge. The creative team for the movie was brought together by the Blender Institute from all over the world, including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and USA. In addition to the online release, Big Buck Bunny has been released in 35mm film format on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Elephants Dream

Elephants Dream is the story of two strange characters exploring a capricious and seemingly infinite machine. The elder, Proog, acts as a tour-guide and protector, happily showing off the sights and dangers of the machine to his initially curious but increasingly skeptical protege Emo. As their journey unfolds we discover signs that the machine is not all Proog thinks it is, and his guiding takes on a more desperate aspect.

Elephants Dream is a story about communication and fiction, made purposefully open-ended as the world's first 3D animated "Open movie". The film itself is released under the Creative Commons license, along with the production files used to make it (roughly 7 Gigabytes of data). The software used to make the movie is the free/open source animation suite Blender, along with other open source software, thus allowing the movie to be remade, remixed and re-purposed.

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Valkaama

A Swedish poet, Lasse, has travelled around the world for years - alone, independently, restlessly. His heart knows no home except one that a prophecy from his childhood revealed to him: Valkaama, a mysterious place in northern Finland.

Lasse always longed to settle there one day, along with Ari, a good friend bound to a wheelchair. In time, Lasses's travels have lost their youthful innocence. He decides to go on one last great journey with Ari. Meanwhile Ari gets in touch with someone who abruptly changes the perspective on his own destiny for the worse.

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