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  •  Hmm... (3+ / 0-)
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    Brown Thrasher, Eric Nelson, jessical

    From what I understand, this does more than prevent pirating. I know it would affect YouTube in a very big way.

    For those of you who know more, please enlighten me.

    •  Here are some quotes (10+ / 0-)

      Here is what experts have to say about these bills:

      “When civil liberties organizations describe the bills as encouraging “American censorship,” a weighty charge, the legal analysis by Professor Tribe and I support that conclusion. At least, according to the American Supreme Court’s established First Amendment jurisprudence.”

      - Marvin Ammori (& Laurence Tribe), Leading Constitution Scholars

      “The potential for abuse of power through digital networks – upon which we as citizens now depend for nearly everything, including our politics – is one of the most insidious threats to democracy in the Internet age … This is no time for politicians and industry lobbyists in Washington to be devising new Internet censorship mechanisms, adding new opportunities for abuse of corporate and government power over online speech.”
      - Rebecca MacKinnon (New York Times)
      “It contains provisions that will chill innovation. It contains provisions that will tinker with the fundamental fabric of the internet. It gives private corporations the power to censor. And best of all, it bypasses due legal process to do much of it.”
      - James Allworth (Harvard Business School)
      “[SOPA would] overturn the long-accepted principles and practices [of the DMCA] in favor of a one-sided enforcement mechanism that is far more broad than existing law while not attempting to protect the rights of anyone accused of copyright infringement.”
      - Gigi B. Sohn (President of Public Knowledge)

      http://americancensorship.org/

      "No man born with a living soul can be working for the clampdown" The Clash

      by Calee4nia on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 05:26:32 PM PST

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