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#1 Panthers128

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 06:13 PM

http://www.washingto...XJCuO_blog.html

http://en.wikipedia....p_Online_Piracy

Opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), including Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, slammed the bill and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act, in a Wednesday letter. Critics say the amendment retains too many of its troubling provisions, such as upholding the government’s right to block some Web sites and police the Web.


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has expressed opposition to the bill, as well as Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX), who joined nine Democrats to sign a letter to other House members warning that the bill would cause "an explosion of innovation-killing lawsuits and litigation."


Opponents of the bill include Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, the Brookings Institution and human rights organizations such as Reporters Without Borders,[89] the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU and Human Rights Watch.


http://www.huffingto...50.html#s485268

http://www.rawstory....anian-policies/

The bill would give the government the right to force ISPs and search engines to remove access to certain websites accused of copyright infringement without there being any trial to decide as much.

There is also an emphasis on streaming and linking in the bill which puts even more sites at risk of being in violation of the law and being de-listed from the internet.

A quote on how this authority could easily be abused:

In Russia, for example, authorities have made a habit of claiming copyright infringement when cracking down on social justice groups. That caused software giant Microsoft to issue blanket software licenses to non-governmental groups and media organizations in Russia, after officials began making arrests last year based on allegedly pirated software.


Also it could make it difficult to illegally access porn on the internet. Yes, it's that bad.

Edited by sylvianlight, 14 December 2011 - 06:22 PM.


#2 MadHatter

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 07:46 AM

I understand what they are attempting to accomplish....but this is a BAD way to try and go about it.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:01 AM

The internet is the last true outlet for free speech these days. It's pretty obvious they're doing all they can to control it as well.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:12 AM

people that are way more intelligent than them will find a way around all of this

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:15 AM

The internet is the last true outlet for free speech these days. It's pretty obvious they're doing all they can to control it as well.


I know that basically no one on this board believes that patent infrigement and copyright infringement are no big deals....but they are.

This law is an attempt to try and keep people from breaking the law. However, it is defintely wrought with potential for abuse.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:39 AM

This bill would give Time Warner Cable the right to shut down your web site if there is a PERCEIVED copyright infringement. It doesn't even have to be blatant. This bill would destroy the internet as we know it now.

#7 Nicks To The Colts

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:48 AM

this has the potential to fug with peoples' porn.

i don't think congress knows what they're now poking with a stick.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:23 AM

youtube about to get blown up with copyrighted material and porn again i'd suspect

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:46 AM

Take away porn,and there will be a March on Washington of half the men in the nation. And then we will all be taken hostage and not given a trial. I love our government.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:13 AM

its like stopping a flood. you can't stop it, only momentarily staunch it before it redirects.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:16 AM

It also affects review sites like ones that I frequent. Pretty garbage, really.

What's really ironic is that oftentimes piracy helps sales of items. Not condoning it by any means, and it should be stunted wherever it can be, but destroying the internet over it is a lil bit of overkill.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:18 AM

black markets can be a result of overinflated prices

just sayin'

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:28 AM

The problem is that this gives companies, government, and fuging random people, the ability to shut down a website, at least temporarily, based on nothing but a CLAIM, they don't have to prove poo to have the site closed down.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:05 AM

What Google will look like if this bill passes.

http://i.imgur.com/Nrt7B.png

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:07 AM

The first offense is 5 years in prison. So if you download a Michael Jackson album you'll get more prison time than the guy who killed Michael Jackson.


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