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Save the internet (updated) Round 2!

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 17, 2011, 1:38 AM


Edit* "update from The Hill Congress news website" some one linked me this, thought I would share it, I am happy to see people are beginning to withdraw support for the this ridiculous bill....thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-val…

*sorry for all the constant updates, but I promised I would share anything I found regarding this SOPA and PIP issue*

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Just found this on tumblr...www.yousaytoo.com/congressiona…: I don't even know what to say anymore....

from the same site act.demandprogress.org/sign/so…
www.yousaytoo.com/anonymous-al…

I think from now on I am going avoid Hollywood movies and American music... I don't feel like supporting an industry that thinks it can manipulate the laws in its favour...

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Here is a video about it too www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDX8Ly…

The SOPA bill didn't pass but there is still another one one the way. The Protect IP act is still pending. You can still sign a petition against this, check links below.

For more info
www.3news.co.nz/SOPA-internet-…
www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_inte…
www.publicknowledge.org/e-para…
www.eff.org/
spyed.deviantart.com/journal/R…

Online petitions here
IP Act www.change.org/petitions/stop-… <<<sign this one Protect IP act
SOPA americancensorship.org/ &…;<<< this one didn't pass

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I also found this site quite informative if you aren't quite sure what is at stake. arstechnica.com/tech-policy/ne… and arstechnica.com/tech-policy/ne…

Some interesting extracts "The House bill is shockingly sympathetic to a narrow subsection of business interests. For instance, buried deep in the back of the >70-page document is a requirement that the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator prepare a study for Congress. That study should analyze "notorious foreign infringers" and attempt to quantify the "significant harm inflicted by notorious foreign infringers." (Talk about assuming your conclusions before you start.)

The report, which is specifically charged to give weight to the views of content owners, requests a set of specific policy recommendations that might "encourage foreign businesses to adopt industry norms to promote the protection of intellectual property globally." Should the bill pass, the US government would be explicitly charged with promoting private "industry norms"—not actual laws or treaties—around the world.

In the request for the report, we can also see the IP maximalist lobby preparing for its next move: shutting off access to US capital markets and preventing companies from "offering stock for sale to the public" in the US."

"The government can also go after anyone who builds a tool designed for the "circumvention or bypassing" of the Internet block. Such tools already exist as a result of the US government's ongoing campaign to seize Internet domain names it believes host infringing content; they can redirect visitors who enter the site's address to its new location. The government has already asked Web browser makers like Mozilla to remove access to these sorts of tools. Mozilla refused, so the new bill just tries to ban such tools completely. (Pointing your computer's browser to a foreign DNS server in order to view a less-censored Internet still appears to be legal.)"


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"Under the new law, the US could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users' activities. And, because so much of the Internet's hosts and hardware are located in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us. " taken from Avaaz.org

"Our view at deviantART regarding SOPA is that it's probably a bad idea. There should be better ways to deal with mass infringement on the Internet than this. This bill in our view can be seen as a threat to the open Internet itself and this is very hard to digest or support. " $spyed DeviantArt

"If SOPA were to become law, there is a long list of reasons why it would threaten the functioning, freedom, and economic potential of the Internet, but here are PK's main concerns:

By short-circuiting the legal system, it gives rightsholders a fast-track to shutting down websites.
By creating conflicts between "DNS" servers, it would make you more vulnerable to hackers, identity theft, and cyberattacks.
By sanctioning government interference with the internet, it would make the internet more censored, akin to that of China and Syria."
publicknowledge.org

Basically the American government wants to pass a law to 'censor the internet' or blacklist any sites they suspect are hosting/enabling users to post or share copyright infringing materials. Sites I can name of the top of my head that would most likely be blacklisted are sites like Youtube, Photobucket, Tumblr, and Devianart since the users often upload copyrighted materials.

I don't have much to say on the whole issue except that I am obviously against it, there are people telling me Obama will veto it if they try and actually pass the law but the fact people are trying to pass it in the first place is very scary indeed.


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:icondragonboy015:
Dragonboy015 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist
EVERYONE LISTEN THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!!
Theres a petition going on [link] needs 25,000 til Dec.18 2011

Everyone send this link and message to your friends and tell them to send it to THEIR FRIENDS and so on.

Thank You.
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YinnyYangy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
People are jobless/homeless? Eff that! The economy is going down the toilet? Who cares! Someone uploaded a video of them dancing to a Lady Gaga song on youtube? Get those little pirates!
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TheSilentNight Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
basically.. but we can't let you say that its against the copyright. so yeah just dont mention it at all. the lady gaga part i mean.. oh damn i did it too.. we're both going to court now..

sigh...
there goes freedom of speech
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Kanalet1029 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Signed.
I sure how they don't go through with this.
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:icontacosflyfree:
Tacosflyfree Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
We're the reason why those people in hollywood are so famous and wealthy, we deserve respect. but that's just my option. :matteo:
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saywhatproductions Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
the government has too much time of their hands
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MisuMizu Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
"I think from now on I am going avoid Hollywood movies and American music... I don't feel like supporting an industry that thinks it can manipulate the laws in its favour... "

:clap: Totally agree
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Dragonboy015 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist
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Dragonboy015 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist
An update from The Hill Congress news website!
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duckiesmaid Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
This congress really is a prize winner in the deceit category. They trashed the Obama care and came up with a fake death panel. They lied about socialized medicine. They get in there voted in by the scared out of their mind supporters. The first thing they do is go after the transplant patients. In other words, they create the first American healthplan death panel. Obama out of frustration made it illegal for them to take away transplants from people already on the list. They want government out of their business but they are sticking it in ours. What amazes me is the people that are still supporting them. It's people that they are making their lives and will continue to make their lives worse. Unbelievable!!
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