SOPA/PIPA-Has the US Congress finally lost it?

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  1. Recent News from the States; apparently parts of their government have gone mad with power and think they should control the internet.

    This video sums up nicely what this legistation will do:

    And an Article on its ramifications:

    "The following are companies that signed this letter which was written in support of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, which is the House’s equivalent of the PROTECT IP Act, which I have previously exposed as China-style internet censorship on steroids.

    I encourage everyone to not only boycott these companies but flood them with letters, e-mails and phone calls telling them why exactly you are boycotting them.

    SOPA would put completely legitimate sites, like End the Lie and countless other alternative news outlets at risk of being shut down, along with literally any site that freely allows users to post content.

    That includes YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, Craigslist, Dropbox and literally any website or service that allows users to upload content.

    The United States Attorney General can not only seek court orders against “foreign infringing sites,” meaning any website with a non-U.S. domain name, but can also demand that internet service providers (ISPs) would have to cut off access to the site by not resolving domain name requests.

    Furthermore, if served with one of the Attorney General’s court orders, search engines would have to remove any links to the site, payment networks would have to stop all payments to the site from U.S. customers and advertising networks would be forced to stop serving advertisements about the website or for the website.

    But wait, it gets even worse. SOPA would require that within five days of receiving an allegation by a copyright holder, payment services and advertising networks would have to cut off all business with the site either U.S. based or foreign.

    All the copyright holder has to do is allege that the site is “dedicated to the theft of property,” and if the payment provider and advertising networks don’t cease business within five days, the copyright holder can file a private lawsuit against the site compelling the payment service and others to cut off relations.

    Furthermore, The Atlantic reports that the definition of “dedicated” in this bill “has little relation to common usage,” and in addressing the bill they characterize it as “dangerous.”

    As experts in the technical, operational, academic and research communities who are the leading domain name system (DNS) designers, operators, and researchers who have also published numerous peer-reviewed academic studies regarding the architecture and security of the DNS have pointed out, this will create major cybersecurity and other technical concerns that did not exist previously.

    The above linked technical whitepaper regarding the PROTECT IP Act also quite interestingly points out that the DNS filters could be easily circumvented, essentially making one of the biggest parts of the bill null and void.

    The thing that the House and Senate don’t seem to realize is that there will always be online pirates and they will always find a way around whatever roadblocks are put in their way.

    The issue is that this can and likely will be used to target important platforms for sharing information like YouTube and blog platforms like WordPress and Blogger.

    All it would take is for a copyright holder to find one bit of infringing content and then it could very well be the end of the website, despite the massive amounts of legitimate content.

    We must remember that major websites like YouTube and blog platforms are quite skilled and hasty when it comes to removing infringing content from their websites.

    SOPA would also endanger the entire spirit of the internet which has pioneered social media and free expression, giving a platform to writers like myself who might otherwise be sidelined by the establishment media.

    If you care about the internet, free speech and the future of sharing information with the world, I beg of you: take action and boycott these companies and make it clear why you will be boycotting them and telling everyone you know to do the same.

    Please do not forget to contact your Congressperson and Senator to ask if they are supporting either bill and tell them why you think it would be a horrible idea for them to do so.

    Hopefully we, as the collective users of the internet, can create a large enough buzz to shut down these bills before they get major support.

    If “We the People” still have any power in this country, we need to flex it now when it really matters!"

    So, are they just insane or is it just another symptom of congress being bought by corporate interests?

    Follow this link to oppose these ludicrous proposals:
    Avaaz - Save the Internet
  2. there never gonna stop me from downloading stuff for free
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  3. You can thank the "Entertainment Industry" For this, still when the internet consists of just Blockbuster and Itunes you can take comfort in the fact your no longer taking food off Bono's table
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  4. Ah. America. The land of the free............
  5. Trans-sane

    Trans-sane LE Book Reviewer

    Let them pass it. It will pretty much destroy Silicon Valley and all the other technology inovation companies in the states (which is to say one of the largest contributors to the US GDP AND the reason they can still compete in certain sectors of manufacturing). Silicon Roundabout in London would then be seen not as a ollection of very promising start-ups to be bought out by the US technology giants, but as a place to relocate to- thus solving the Uk's brain-drain in this sector AND bringing in massive investment.

    Win-win for us! Until China gets punchy. Then we'll have no big brother to back us up...
  6. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    By the time the Chinese get punchy we'll have come full circle, with the sheeple getting fed up with the Tories "ruthless cuts" ("oh noes, my dole cheque is gone!") and we'll be lumbered with another lefty government. At that point we'll be sold out to the invading forces by our incumbent Marxist leader and become a foreign territory of the Great Chinese Empire. You heard it here first!
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  7. You mean like the idiotic court injunction orders here against non-UK news outlets? What does it do, feck all! Also, what they're going to actually do to pursue the offenders, send a hit team against them?

    Personally, I don't anything is going to come out of all these proposals.

    p.s: My country's congress lost is a long time ago.
  8. You could download a dictionary!
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  9. They're Marxists, not masochists.

    If it's been sent from my HTC Sensation using Tapatalk then I'm probably pissed.
  10. Oh Teh Noes!

    Wikipeadia drama!

  11. Aye, but PIPA isn't.
  12. I wonder how far they will back pedal with this, it's only a small number of (admittedly powerful) organisations that have done nothing more than flex their muscles in protest.