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 Falcon91
Joined: 10/10/2011
Msg: 26
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 Aristotle_Amadopolis
Joined: 12/8/2011
Msg: 27
First Strike in SOPA wars..
Posted: 2/22/2012 4:53:13 AM
We won! It's dead!

http://www.examiner.com/computers-in-denver/house-kills-sopa
House Kills SOPA

It's back and we have the same stuff happening here in Canada with Bill C-30

SOPA author back and worse than ever
Tyler Holman

Another day, another threat to internet freedom. According to International Business Times, beloved Texas Representative Lamar Smith is the author of a new bill that includes extreme surveillance provisions, and a name that will make opponents sound like criminals: H.R. 1981 (bump that last digit up three times for a more fitting title), or the 'Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011.'

The new name has outraged many opponents of SOPA and other bills that could bring more government control to the internet, like PIPA and ACTA. It's hard to imagine the whole world turning out against a bill with the words 'protect' and 'children' in the title, regardless of the actual contents of the bill.

In the words of Business Insider's David Seaman, it's “just a B.S. name so that politicians in the House and Senate are strong-armed into voting for it, even though it contains utterly insane 1984-style Big Brother surveillance provisions.” Ouch.

So, what's so dangerous about the bill? If it's really designed to protect innocent children from pedophiles, why should anyone (other than pedophiles, of course) be worried about it? As David Seaman pointed out, H.R. 1981 contains some very hefty surveillance provisions, including one which would require ISPs to keep track of the IP addresses it assigns to its users, and to record that information for at least 18 months. Other information like credit card data and who knows what else would also be stored.

Adding insult to injury, the bill describes its target – in reality the entire internet – as 'unregistered sex offenders.' Once again, ouch. The scary part is that the bill could lead to monitoring of all internet activity, so that a subpoena can be issued for further investigation of the suspicious activity.


Read more at:
http://www.neowin.net/news/sopa-author-back-and-worse-than-ever



If you want some background in the whole "We must protect our children BS" look no further than:

27 april 2010
IFPI’s child porn strategy
Postat i: Censilia,English,informationspolitik — Christian Engström @ 15:01

“Child pornography is great,” the speaker at the podium declared enthusiastically. “It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that, we can get them to start blocking file sharing sites”.

The venue was a seminar organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm on May 27, 2007, under the title “Sweden — A Safe Haven for Pirates?”. The speaker was Johan Schlüter from the Danish Anti-Piracy Group, a lobby organization for the music and film industry associations, like IFPI and others.

I was there together with two other pirates, Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge, and veteran Internet activist Oscar Swartz. Oscar wrote a column about the seminar in Computer Sweden just after it had happened. Rick blogged about it later, and so did I. (All links in Swedish.)

“One day we will have a giant filter that we develop in close cooperation with IFPI and MPA. We continuously monitor the child porn on the net, to show the politicians that filtering works. Child porn is an issue they understand,” Johan Schlüter said with a grin, his whole being radiating pride and enthusiasm from the podium.

And seen from the perspective of IFPI and the rest of the copyright lobby, he of course had every reason to feel both proud and enthusiastic, after the success he had had with this strategy in Denmark.

Today, the file sharing site The Pirate Bay is blocked by all major Internet service providers in Denmark. The strategy explained by Mr. Schlüter worked like clockwork.

Start with child porn, which everybody agrees is revolting, and find some politicians who want to appear like they are doing something. Never mind that the blocking as such is ridiculously easy to circumvent in less than 10 seconds. The purpose at this stage is only to get the politicians and the general public to accept the principle that censorship in the form of “filters” is okay. Once that principle has been established, it is easy to extend it to other areas, such as illegal file sharing. And once censorship of the Internet has been accepted in principle, they can start looking at ways to make it more technically difficult to circumvent...


Read more at:
http://christianengstrom.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/ifpis-child-porn-strategy/
 Aristotle_Amadopolis
Joined: 12/8/2011
Msg: 28
First Strike in SOPA wars..
Posted: 4/20/2012 1:50:27 PM
1) Rewrite SOPA.

2) Sweeten the pot for the companies that opposed SOPA to begin with.

3) Profit.


CISPA = SOPA 2.0?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6BKU9mCnn0

 lyingcheat
Joined: 9/13/2009
Msg: 29
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First Strike in SOPA wars..
Posted: 4/21/2012 3:07:17 AM
SOPA? pfft.
They haven't yet managed to deport Kim Dotcom - the founder of MegaUpload.
http://mashable.com/2012/04/02/kim-dotcom-back-online/

Even if they do, there's no certainty they can get him into court in the US.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10800409

This has implications for the SOPA thing, and for the MegaUpload (attempted) prosecution as well.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/iinet-wins-landmark-copyright-case/story-e6frgakx-1226334090530
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/6781558/iiNet-verdict-good-news-for-Kim-Dotcom

If they thought they had a case and could prosecute iiNet (an Australian internet service provider) why don't they go after Google? Or YouTube?

That they haven't makes one wonder if SOPA was really just a corrupt attempt to ensure US monopolies dominate the internet and not about making sure individual musicians, actors, or even programmers, get every dollar they are entitled to.
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