#Login Register


  • 5 Vote(s) - 3 Average
Home 


PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America
Anonymous Kritter Show this Post
10-31-2011, 05:06 PM #1
Anonymous Kritter Incognito Anonymous
 
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.

Tech Dirt

İmage

10-31-2011, 06:10 PM #2
Ghostie Member
Posts:1,074 Threads:212 Joined:Mar 2011
whatever happened to a persons right to privacy? gaah.gif13.gif
10-31-2011, 06:56 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:42,813 Threads:1,472 Joined:Feb 2011
(10-31-2011, 06:10 PM)GhostHunter Wrote:  whatever happened to a persons right to privacy? gaah.gif13.gif

İmage
10-31-2011, 07:37 PM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
Posts:31,350 Threads:1,438 Joined:Feb 2011
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 ğck 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.

wonder.gif



Home 




 



DISCLAIMER / Terms of Service (TOS):
Kritterbox.com - Socialize anonymously, commentary, discussion, oddities, technology, music and more!  This website is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. kritterbox.com shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever, including, without limitation, those resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage, and on any theory of liability, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of this site or other documents which are referenced by or linked to this site.
This website exists solely for the purposes of exchange of information, communication and general entertainment. Opinions from posters are in no way endorsed by kritterbox.com. All posts on this website are the opinion of the authors and are not to be taken as statements of fact on behalf of kritterbox.com. This site may contain coarse language or other material that kritterbox.com is in no way responsible for. Material deemed to be offensive or pornographic at the discretion of kritterbox.com shall be removed. kritterbox.com reserves the right to modify, or remove posts and user accounts on this website at our discretion. kritterbox.com disclaims all liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of any material on this website. Fictitious posts and any similarity to any person living or dead is coincidental.
All users shall limit the insertion of any and all copyrighted material to portions of the article that are relevant to the point being made, with no more than 50%, and preferably less of the original source material. A link shall be visible in text format, embedded directly to the original source material without exception.
No third party links, i.e. blogs or forums will be accepted under any circumstances, and will be edited by staff in order to reflect the original source of copyrighted material, or be removed at the sole discretion of kritterbox.com.
Fair Use Notice:
This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Users may make such material available in an effort to advance awareness and understanding of issues relating to economics, individual rights, international affairs, liberty, science, and technology. This constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C.Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for educational and/or research purposes.
This Disclaimer is subject to change at any time at our discretion.
Copyright © 2011 - 2017 kritterbox.com