SOPA and PIPA
This year, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives learned a valuable lesson: Don’t enrage the entire Internet. In trying to push through SOPA and PIPA, a pair of deeply troubling bills designed to crush websites suspected of copyright infringement, lawmakers were met with an incredible backlash, with major players such as Google and Wikipedia censoring their sites in protest. Suddenly in the not-so-loving spotlight, the bills’ backers dropped support. It was a big victory for Internet freedom, but a huge failure for the entertainment industry, which had hoped to put some draconian antipiracy measures in place.