Internet censure: the ‘anti-piracy bill’…

SOPA and PIPA are bills currently before the US Congress that threaten to undermine the openness and freedom of the internet (which are already undermined), as well as ability of many of your favorite websites to stay online.

Opposition efforts of highly debated Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) from GoogleWikipedia and others have pushed an official vote on the proposed legislation back at least a month, according to a new statement from the House Judiciary Committee today.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who authored SOPA, said he expects markup on the bill (a.k.a. debate, amendments and rewrites to the bill) to continue in February due to Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks that will keep many members of congress busy.

“To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy,” Smith said in a statement. “I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.”

To summarize the bill, SOPA gives both the U.S. government and copyright holders the authority to seek court orders against foreign-operated websites associated with infringing, pirating or counterfeiting intellectual property. If it becomes law, it could drastically change the way the Internet operates. For example, if a website is accused of containing copyright-infringing content, the site could be blocked by ISPs, de-indexed from search engines and even prevented from doing business online with services like PayPal.

Many leaders in the tech industry as well as online communities have banded together in protest of SOPA and the senate version the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Earlier today, a group of tech leaders participated in a public discussion about the potential evils of bad copyright bills like SOPA/PIPA, as VentureBeat previously reported.

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7 reacties op Internet censure: the ‘anti-piracy bill’…

  1. kruitvat zegt:

    SOPA and PIPA bills could threaten natural health websites with government-ordered shutdown

    On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, NaturalNews.com went “dark” to protest SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” that is actually a thinly-veiled government censorship effort. We are also protesting PIPA, the “Protect IP Act,” which is similarly destructive in its effects. You may have arrived at this page from our mock “seizure” index page which depicts what might happen if SOPA becomes law.

    This is crucial for all NaturalNews readers and fans to understand: If SOPA becomes law, NaturalNews.com will be shut down. In fact, the proposed law contains a specific provision — section 105 — which allows the U.S. government to shut down websites it claims “endanger public health.”

    Given that NaturalNews openly and repeatedly advocates things like natural sunlight and vitamin C — both of which the government has said are dangerous — our website could be seized by the government under SOPA. And that doesn’t even consider our public stance against routine vaccinations, processed food chemicals and dangerous prescription medications (which the government is always trying to push on the public to kill people before they live long enough to collect social security).

    If passed into law, SOPA would shut down NaturalNews, InfoWars, Drudge, Lew Rockwell, Reddit and many other alternative news websites

    Make no mistake about the seriousness of this issue: If SOPA (or PIPA) becomes law, it will sooner or later result in the government seizure and shutdown of virtually all alternative news websites — especially those that disagree with the criminality of the current corrupt political regime in Washington.

    Imagine an internet without NaturalNews.com. Imagine the liberty movement without InfoWars.com. Imagine the entire world wide web being “sanitized” by the government to remove any websites that do not agree with the government’s official position on finance, the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, pharmaceuticals and vaccines. That’s what we’re facing if SOPA becomes law: A virtual wipeout of all truth across the internet, leaving only the lies of “official” government information… the Ministry of Truth, in other words.

    The Internet is the vehicle for restoring freedom and crushing tyranny

    Why is the U.S. government working so feverishly to crush independent, truthful information on the internet? Because the globalist controllers realize that the internet is the last bastion of freedom in a world run by global elite corporatists.

    While the global elite own and run the mainstream (corporate whore) media, and they own Congress, and they own all the influential non-profits such as the wholly corrupt American Cancer Society, they do not yet control the internet! This freaks them out, especially when they see so much truth being produced by liberty-loving individuals who are exposing the neocons, the socialists, and the criminal-minded thugs who run Wall Street and the White House.

    They are desperate to crush internet freedom and SOPA is the tool they hope to use to accomplish that. This is why your opposition to SOPA is absolutely crucial. It’s also why internet giants such as Wikipedia and Reddit have joined in this one-day protest against the tyranny of SOPA and what is fast becoming a government-sponsored “information terrorism” campaign against free speech.

    Take action NOW – or you will lose internet free speech forever

    This is an absolute must: Take action today to voice your opposition to SOPA. Here’s how you can do that:

    Click this link to email your Representative:
    http://house.gov/htbin/findrep
    (Use the little envelope icon that appears to the right of the picture to send them an email.)

    And click here to email your U.S. Senator:
    http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
    (Use the “web form” link.)

    Send your representatives and Senator a short message that covers the following fundamental points:

    * You oppose SOPA.
    * You will not support or vote for any candidate that supports SOPA.
    * Urge them to vote against SOPA.

    You can also call the capitol switchboard at: (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your representatives.
    http://www.naturalnews.com/034682_SOPA_online_piracy_protest.html

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    Stop American Censorship
    On Wednesday Jan. 18th thousands of sites will go dark to protest SOPA & PIPA, two US bills racing through Congress that threaten prosperity, online security, and freedom of expression.
    http://americancensorship.org/

  3. Pingback: Tell Government to BUTT OUT of the Internet – Who is supporting SOPA? | Letting Freedom Ring

  4. kruitvat zegt:

    Facebook:
    Facebook’s Zuckerberg Formally Opposes SOPA, PIPA
    By Chloe Albanesius
    January 18, 2012
    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg formally voiced his concern with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) today, calling them “poorly thought out laws.”
    “Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the Internet,” the Facebook CEO said plainly in a Wednesday blog post.
    “The Internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world,” Zuckerberg continued. “We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development.”
    He called for leaders who are “pro-Internet,” and said Facebook has been working with lawmakers for months “on better alternatives to these current proposals.” Zuckerberg closed by encouraging Facebook users to “tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-Internet.”
    Zuckerberg also tweeted a link to his blog post, the first time the Facebook chief has used his Twitter account since March 2009.
    Facebook set up a Web site that details “How We See the Online Piracy Debate.” The company acknowledged that “rogue foreign sites that pirate American intellectual property or sell counterfeit goods pose significant problems for our economy,” but PIPA and SOPA “are not the right solution to this problem, because of the collateral damage they would cause to the Internet.”
    Specifically, Facebook is concerned by the “overly broad definitions” within the bill, as well as provisions that would allow copyright holders to target Web sites they believe contain infringing content. “In addition, we are concerned about provisions in the bills that could chill free expression or weaken the Internet’s architecture,” Facebook said.
    The social network urged Congress not to rush the issue; “it’s too important not to take the time to get it right,” the company said.
    Both bills target overseas “rogue” Web sites that traffic in fake goods, from purses and prescription drugs to pirated DVDs and MP3s. But the power that SOPA and PIPA provide to the Justice Department to go after these bills is worrisome to opponents, who fear the legislation will put legitimate Web sites at risk.
    As a result, Jan. 18 has been dubbed SOPA/PIPA blackout day, with many high-profile Web sites shutting down service or adding anti-SOPA/PIPA signage to their sites. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), however, said last night that the move was simply a publicity stunt and an “abuse of power.”
    For more, see the Top 5 Objections to SOPA, PIPA and Who’s Going Dark to Protest SOPA, PIPA? Also check out PCMag analysts’ take on the bills, as well as the slideshow below, which features screen shots from Web sites that are participating in today’s blackout.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399039,00.asp

  5. kruitvat zegt:

    Censorship of Facebook:

    Facebook blocked our Facebook Page. Our Server and blog were also
    blocked for a while and for an unknown reason. Strange in this case is
    that a certain Debbie-Anne bombarded us with many Facebook people we
    did not know. She introduced them as ‘friends’. One of these people we
    accepted as ”friend”, was a certain Dion Gibbs (if it is his real
    name). Gibbs supported the NATO bombings of Libya. We published a
    number of issues on NATO on his Facebook page…

    Facebook: ‘We received feedback that you sent friend
    requests to people you don’t know, which isn’t allowed on Facebook.
    Please only send friend requests to people you know, like classmates,
    family, friends and colleagues. Otherwise, you could be blocked from
    sending friend requests.’

    We sent now a friend request to Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg,
    which we consider as our family 😉

    We sent also a friend request to Nicolas Sarkozy, nicknamed as the
    ‘bomber of Libya’.

  6. kruitvat zegt:

    Censorship of Facebook:
    Some weeks ago, Facebook blocked us and deleted a photo montage of
    Barack Obama that we found some months ago when the media announced
    Osama bin Laden (in the press erroneously called Obama bin Laden) was
    murdered.
    Facebook deleted also our commentary: ‘Obama was a terrorist – Three days after
    NATO intervened in Libya, the cost to U.S. taxpayers has reached
    hundreds of millions of dollars and continued to climb. 14% of the
    Americans live in poverty. America needs a regime change‘.

    It is clear that some people have a lack of humor… 😉

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    Facebook boss Zuckerberg opposes censorship. But at the same time Facebook is censuring… 😉
    ——–
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/18/mark-zuckerberg-sopa_n_1214090.html

    The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet.

    The world today needs political leaders who are pro-internet. We have been working with many of these folks for months on better alternatives to these current proposals. I encourage you to learn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-internet.
    Mark Zuckerberg: ‘Facebook Opposes SOPA And PIPA’
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com
    Zuck has spoken. On Wednesday, popular websites like Wikipedia, Reddit, Google and Twitpic joined the ranks of an online protest over Congress’ anti-piracy bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

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