Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Stop Online Piracy Act - SOPA - #3437 - Bob Goodlatte - Protecting Us Online? Not So Much - Redstate Virginia (2) Would the House Online Anti-Piracy Bill Lead to Internet Censorship (3) This is SOPA, the Crazy Bill Everyone in Tech is Worried About - Business Insider

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and “Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation” Act or “E-Parasite” were introduced this week in the House Judiciary Committee. E-Parasite begins with this mission statement: “To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.”  Unfortunately, nothing in this bill, and the associated SOPA, promotes prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Representative Zoe Lofgren’s (CA-16) reaction to the bill was, “this would mean the end of the Internet as we know it.”  NetCoalition, the Consumer Electronics Association and the Computer and Communications Industry Association identified some of the bigger flaws, including criminalization of average people and the creation of new costly legal vulnerabilities for websites and service providers.  The House SOPA – in theory, representing the interests of “the people” – went far beyond the Senate’s companion PIPA legislation. PIPA criminalized 10 instances of streaming copyrighted content; Bob Goodlatte, currently representing the 6th District of Virginia and a strong Patriot Act supporter, intends to put you in prison for doing it just once. SOPA/E-Parasite will target people for posting music in the background of videos, dancing to pop songs, or playing in cover bands, and it will criminalize “individuals and sites providing the streamed content.”  That’s not all. Goodlatte’s bill also targets cloud service providers, social networks and other new technologies that simply have the potential of being misused by customers. Sites like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Flickr, Wikipedia, Craigslist, Ebay, Dropbox, Carbonite, and others that could “induce” infringement will be in legal and financial danger based on what their users post or transfer, potentially undermining the long-standing Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
Let’s break it down.  Government laws that hamper freedom and kill productivity? Check.  Congress protecting legacy and rent-seeking industries who are unwilling to innovate in the face of rapidly changing technologies, consumer demands and interactions? Check.  Legislating a government-corporate wishlist to enhance government’s ability to extract massive amounts of data on citizens and businesses, and satisfy the uncompetitive corporations who donate heavily to their campaigns? Check.  Congressmen calling their citizen critics “wrong,” “posturing,” or “unrealistic.” Check.  Read more.......  AW:  This is another Bill your representatives needs to hear from you, the call opposing this bill are making a difference.  Robert Hurt, Va. 5th, 202-2254711,  House of Representatives Contact list.......

Would the House Online Anti-Piracy Bill Lead to Internet Censorship - The Blaze ........


This is SOPA, The Crazy Bill Everyone in Tech is Worried About - Business Insider .......

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