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There are a couple of bills (like PROTECT IP) coursing through Congress that if enacted threaten the entire internet only to protect outmoded business models of the movie and music industries.

One particularly pernicious example is the Stop Online Piracy Act which would require the US government to do their or any supposed "rightsholder's" bidding to shut down foreign "rogue" sites. The truth is that it would also shut down US sites  like Twitter and YouTube and including the DailyKos - (that means you, too) if found in violation of Hollywood's whims the SOPA provisions.  It even threatens to shut down and blacklist ISPs who don't cooperate.

It is opposed by big internet companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, eBay, Twitter, LinkedIn, Zynga and others. Even VP Joe Biden has spoken out against it (although not directly and only until he is for it - coming soon!):

More information can be found on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's website.

More importantly if you want to do something about it, participate in American Censorship Day tomorrow, November 16, 2011.


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  •  Odd how this is getting little attention.... (3+ / 0-)
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    poorbuster, blueyedace2, kurt

    I don't get it.

  •  While I'm not thrilled by it, the internet (2+ / 0-)
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    poorbuster, Flying Goat

    actually is hella big, and the vast majority of sites don't actually ever infringe copyright.  Just a lot of the popular sites.  

    Too bad we don't have a 'Pirate Party' here in the US to take some electoral seats.

  •  I wonder (1+ / 0-)
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    How much of a tidal wave of hackivism against the congress and the White House would be unleased if something like this passes.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 07:23:37 PM PST

    •  I suppose there will be new hackers... (0+ / 0-)

      jumping on the change to hack with impunity!!!  

      ...Oh, I forgot there's the  DMCA passed by Clinton in 1998 that does a pretty good job of protecting copyrights (and Draconian one at that).

  •  And, btw, how do you 'shut down' foreign sites (1+ / 0-)
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    Flying Goat

    without the compliance of the foreign ISP?  While you could certainly block DNS for those sites on DNS servers under US control, I suppose, and even block traffic on the main routes between continents, wouldn't people using overseas DNS or overseas services along the lines of TOR that mask the IP connection still continue to work?  It would be harder to hit those sites, but unless you can actually take them down at the point of origin, I don't see how you 'take them down' entirely.

    •  I am not that technically oriented... (1+ / 0-)
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      Flying Goat

      but my understanding is to do exactly what you suggest - block them.  Having said that, one tech site said that, if passed, it will foster darknets.  

      But the main worry is that MPIAA and the RIAA will use this act against domestic sites and ISPs and anyone else that tries to innovate contrary to their outmoded business models.  They are still trying to stop the VCR by outlawing it.

    •  pretty easy (0+ / 0-)

      The server may be hosted in a foreign country, but it's pretty straightforward to take over a .com domain registration or get the big US ISPs to block the site. Tor is so slow, it's useless except for low-bandwidth text content, and even for text it's annoyingly slow. It isn't a 100% takedown, but good enough to deter most traffic except for the most tech savvy and determined.

  •  This diary belongs on PirateBay (0+ / 0-)

    because it's full of hyperbole and misinformation.

    I fully support these efforts and anyone who isn't a thief should too. Who are you to declare that the movie and music industry have outdated models... who are you to support the efforts of thieves and pirates worldwide.

    Noone is going to shut down Youtube, Twitter or any of the other services that you claim could be shut down... however, it may shut down sites like The Pirate Bay, Isohunt or other who make money through multiple counts of criminal activity including Piracy, Child Porn and Hacking (because quite alot of the pirated software contains viruses that were injected by the thieves).

    I am a developer with more than 15 years experience building software and websites. I am a Democrat... your diary isn't liberal or Democrat... it's Libertarian. Don't believe me? Why not do some research and find out who is behind these campaigns and organizations like the EFF and who funds them.

    •  That's how I found out about this bill. (1+ / 0-)
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      Try following the links I've included in the diary for better information as I mentioned.

    •  we get it, you don't like EFF (0+ / 0-)

      but it's a huuuge stretch to equate them to the "don't touch my junk" libertarian fake outrage machine.

      I've personally met EFF staff at Netroots Nation and other confs and I invite anyone to take a look at their work.

      and in case anyone doubts the use of IP law to censor political speech, check the case of Righthaven vs. Democratic Underground, a lawsuit seeking $150,000 damages for posting a 5 sentence excerpt from a newspaper article?


      •  I didn't say that... (0+ / 0-)

        I do agre with them on some things but not this.

        Especially being a developer, I know a lot about the open source movement vs classic entrepreneurs. These guys think that I shouldn't own my creation and that I should make my money on support. It's not their fucking business how I earn my money and they don't have the right to tell me that I shouldn't own what I create.

        Congratulations to them for their successes.

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