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#1 Mikorist

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 07:55 AM

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Stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation


The Internet Blacklist Legislation - known as PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House - is a threatening sequel to last year's COICA Internet censorship bill. Like its predecessor, this legislation invites Internet security risks, threatens online speech, and hampers Internet innovation. Urge your members of Congress to reject this Internet blacklist campaign in both its forms!

Big media and its allies in Congress are billing the Internet Blacklist Legislation as a new way to prevent online infringement. But innovation and free speech advocates know that this initiative is nothing more than a dangerous wish list that will compromise Internet security while doing little or nothing to encourage creative expression.
As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs.In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.
It gets worse: Under SOPA's provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has placed a hold on the Senate version of the bill, taking a principled stand against a very dangerous bill. But every Senator and Representative should be opposing the PROTECT IP Act and SOPA. Contact your members of Congress today to speak out!


https://wfc2.wiredfo...action_KEY=8173


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Protect the Internet

Help us stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation

On November 16th, Congress holds hearings on the first American Internet censorship system. This bill can pass. If it does, the Internet and free speech will never be the same.
Join us to stop this bill.
  • Why?
    A few infringing links are enough to justify censoring an entire site, blocking good content along with the bad.
  • How?
    The US will be able to block a site’s web traffic, ad traffic and search traffic using the same website censorship methods used by China, Iran and Syria.
  • Who's at risk?
    Your favorite websites both inside and outside the US could be blocked based on an infringement claim.
  • Could this pass?
    Yes. The Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act have widespread support in Congress and are expected to pass.
http://www.mozilla.org/sopa/





#2 Nuno Brito

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 12:37 PM

Well.. this is in the US, land where "disturbing" sites/servers are already blocked in either case, and where major information portals just remove content that is "undesired" when requested. Or not much to say from legislators who out cast the kinder egg chocolate from US borders since a long time ago: http://en.wikipedia....e_United_States

Heck, even Echelon intercepts everything at its reach and nobody complains: http://en.wikipedia....s_intelligence)

What would be the surprise of discovering that the US networks are under censorship a long time ago and legislating their actions now?

Fortunately, I don't see the same policies spread out onto continental Europe.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 02:25 PM

Fortunately, I don't see the same policies spread out onto continental Europe.

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United States is the global hub of Internet traffic.

The US will be able to block a site's web traffic, ad traffic and search traffic ...

to block a site at : Google, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Bing, Alexa, Youtube, Myspace, Web Archive, Wiki.... etc

if they block any site in this way - wherever site is located,

that site is finished.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 02:57 PM

to block a site at : Google, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Bing, Alexa, Youtube, Myspace, Web Archive, Wiki.... etc

That may be a problem... ;) :whistling:

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 03:19 PM

Well, if those sites are blocked then I only see it as a an opportunity for the European software industry to flourish and provide similar services that are available worldwide.

In the process, we'd see US based services getting isolated from the outside world. Do you really think that would happen one day? Give away their high competitive edge so easily to other parts of the globe? :huh:

Can't say that closing down Alexa to the our side is so bad.

A true entrepreneur recognizes good opportunities on every obstacle: If they close down alexa, we can start eulexa. What do you say Mikorist? :lol:

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 04:48 PM

If it were that simple to finish a site or a service, i doubt P2P networks would still be available.

Like usual with those kind of placebo safety regulations, it makes life harder for the protected ones, while it does zip to stop or at least hinder the targeted ones.

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#7 Mikorist

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 05:25 PM

If they close down alexa, we can start eulexa. What do you say Mikorist? :lol:



It is a great idea :1st:

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Microsoft's implied support for SOPA stems from its membership in the Business Software Alliance, a pork chop-fisted, finger-wagging piracy cry baby lobbying firm, whose life's work is ratting our petty piracy and releasing misleading studies. And as Wilhelm points out, the BSA has, shockingly, come out strong in support of SOPA:

The Business Software Alliance today commended House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) for introducing the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (H.R. 3261) to curb the growing rash of software piracy and other forms of intellectual property theft that are being perpetrated by illicit websites.

So what other companies pay money to have the BSA speak for them in support of SOPA? Many:

•Adobe
•Apple
•Autodesk
•AVEVA
•AVG
•Bentley Systems
•CA
•Cadence Design Systems
•CNC Software – Mastercam
•Compuware
•Corel
•Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation
•Dell
•Intel
•Intuit
•Kaspersky
•McAfee
•Microsoft
•Minitab
•Progress Software
•PTC
•Quark
•Quest
•Rosetta Stone
•Siemens PLM Software, Inc.
•Sybase
•Symantec
•TechSmith
•The MathWorks

Nevermind the pissant little companies on this list you've never heard of. What's worrisome is the giants, like Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, and Intel. Companies who hypocritically thrive off the open nature of the internet—an internet where it's not a felony to post an animated GIF from a tiny fraction of your favorite film, or record you and a friend lipsyncing Nicki Minaj. The internet has exploded because of these seemingly trivial freedoms—the freedom to mess around and create interesting stuff. Experimentation without fear of federal imprisonment leads to some pretty awesome stuff. Stuff that's then used with the very software and equipment these SOPA backers sell. So it's not just that they're supporting an awful censorship law—these BSA cronies are biting our hands that feed them.

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http://gizmodo.com/5...censorship-bill




SOPA allows ISPs to arbitrarily block any site that can be considered "suspicious" in regards to copyright infringement.

So that may have significant effect to a lot of sites

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 06:36 PM

to curb the growing rash of software piracy and other forms of intellectual property theft that are being perpetrated by illicit websites.

It's kinda funny that the US fight for this. After all, the US are the only country in which sparkling wine that is not produced in the Champagne in France, can still legaly be called Champagne.

I'm sure they also produce somewhere scotch and hamburger. :lol:

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 07:01 PM

I'm sure they also produce somewhere scotch and hamburger. :lol:

And mozzarella :w00t: american mozzarella is something that tastes almost, but not quite, entirely unlike the real thing.....

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