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PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America
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10-31-2011, 05:06 PM #1
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from the censorship-galore dept

As was unfortunately expected, the House version of PROTECT IP has been released (embedded below) and it's ridiculously bad. Despite promises from Rep. Goodlatte, there has been no serious effort to fix the problems of the Senate bill, and it's clear that absolutely no attention was paid to the significant concerns of the tech industry, legal professionals, investors and entrepreneurs. There are no two ways around this simple fact: this is an attempt to build the Great Firewall of America. The bill would require service providers to block access to certain websites, very much contrary to US official positions on censorship and internet freedom, and almost certainly in violation of the First Amendment.

Oh, and because PROTECT IP wasn't enough of a misleading and idiotic name, the House has upped the ante. The new bill is called: "the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act" or the E-PARASITE Act (though, they also say you can call it the "Stopping Online Piracy Act").

The bill is big, and has a bunch of problems. First off, it massively expands the sites that will be covered by the law. The Senate version at least tried to limit the targets of the law (but not the impact of the law) on sites that were "dedicated to infringing activities" with no other significant purposes (already ridiculously broad), the new one just targets "foreign infringing sites" and "has only limited purpose or use other than" infringement. They're also including an "inducement" claim not found elsewhere in US regulations -- and which greatly expands what is meant by inducement. The bill effectively takes what the entertainment industry wanted the Supreme Court to say in Grokster (which it did not say) and puts it into US law. In other words, any foreign site declared by the Attorney General to be "inducing" infringement, with a very broad definition of inducing, can now be censored by the US. With no adversarial hearing. Hello, Great Firewall of America.

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10-31-2011, 06:10 PM #2
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whatever happened to a persons right to privacy? gaah.gif13.gif
10-31-2011, 06:56 PM #3
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(10-31-2011, 06:10 PM)GhostHunter Wrote:  whatever happened to a persons right to privacy? gaah.gif13.gif

10-31-2011, 07:37 PM #4
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Essentially, this means we cant post any links to, for example TV shows that are shown online, even though we don't operate that way to begin with, and though we don't host them ourselves.... just the link could take us down with no recourse and they do not have to inform us first.

Depending on the climate after this bill gets past, we may have to disable youtube embedding etc., if youtube is even still around after this goes into effect.

Our news articles may become a headline which we ourselves generate and then a link to the content, we may not be able to quote from any source.

Thank god for free speech eh? Obviously they do not want open discussion in any form. Make no mistake,this is the NAZI equivalent of book burning in digital form. Societys that burn books typically do the same to citizens shortly thereafter.

The biggest reason I've kept this place ad free is that we can currently post whatever, we're NOT making any money off of anything. I do not know how that will work out after this. What this means is they want to do away with everything except mainstream media, and FUCK that.

At that point the internet is dead. Time to cancel our connection, who needs it if all we get to read about is what the corporate fascist indoctrination squad wants us to read. Seriously, at this point they are going to turn the internet into television. No thanks, I had enough mind control in the so called education system.

At least we're all free to do exactly as we're told.




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