Wednesday, January 11, 2012

STOP SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act)

I've been meaning to write this post for about a month now, but my little bro was visiting during that time.

Anyway, regular readers of my blog are well aware of how disillusioned I've become with the American government (the people are amazing though, don't get me wrong) and recent developments have further solidified my opinion.

Scumbag Obama

For those unaware, Obama recently signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) after previously stating he'd veto it. Due to how vague this bill is, what it allows is the indefinite detention of everyone suspected of terrorism, including American Citizens, without trial regardless of geographic location. This is an egregious violation of Constitutional rights, considering your only recourse for due process would be under a military court. As a side note, a big FUCK YOU to Carl Levin...if I were still registered to vote in Michigan I would vote your ass out.

Fuck You

Getting to the point of this post, SOPA and the Protect IP Act.

This is a two pronged attack by Congress and the numerous corporations backing this bill.

SOPA is ugly...real ugly. It's so ugly that it makes the nearly equally ugly PIPA look like a good idea, and passable through Congress.

What does SOPA do?

The bill would authorize the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders against websites outside U.S. jurisdiction accused of infringing on copyrights, or of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement.[4] After delivering a court order, the U.S. Attorney General could require US-directed Internet service providers, ad networks, and payment processors to suspend doing business with sites found to infringe on federal criminal intellectual property laws.

This is effectively censorship of the internet. The freedom, innovation, and opportunity that the internet enables that we all enjoy daily would be stunted FOREVER.

Want to visit a website that's been simply accused of infringement? Blocked by your ISP.
All those music videos on YouTube? Gone.
reddit? Out.
Mediafire, Megaupload, and so on? Peace.
Google searches? Most results blocked.
Flickr? Bye. GTFO.
Vimeo? So long.
Twitter? No chance.

PIPA is just as bad.

The bill provides for "enhancing enforcement against rogue websites operated and registered overseas", and authorizes the United States Department of Justice to seek a court order in rem against websites dedicated to infringing activities themselves, if through due diligence an individual owner or operator cannot be located.

Are you serious? The US government is able to shut down websites operated overseas? Oh hey what's up Big Brother?

This means the US government can effectively block websites across the whole world, simply by an accusation of infringement.

This bill is opposed by Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Yahoo!, eBay, American Express, and more.


A big THANK YOU to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden for stepping up and placing a hold on PIPA earlier last year and getting the word out on SOPA.

Please contact your State Representatives and Senators to stop these two ridiculous bills from passing. Unfortunately, since I'm registered in DC I have no vote...I can only spread the word to others.

Please spread the word.

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