Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Censorship isn't Freedom: Stop SOPA!


There is a big hype on the internet about the US government trying to censor, or even shut down sites with user generated content. Eg, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Gadgetzz and even Blogs would have to turn commenting off.  Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users.  It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user.

The Stop Online Piracy Act, commonly known as SOPA.  Generally speaking, this legislation is intended to help content creators like movie and music companies to combat the overseas Web sites that host illegal downloads.  Sounds fairly harmless, right? Couple of problems with that.  First, it was apparently written by people without a basic understanding of things like DNS entries and IP addresses.  Long story short, it wouldn’t stop people from accessing the sites Congress (and big media) want to block.  For added fun, it would give those big media companies – and just about everyone else – a whole raft of legal tools allowing them to harass hosting companies, search engines, social media sites and little old bloggers like you and me.

Censorship isn’t freedom.  SOPA needs to be stopped.

3 comments:

Anand said...

Technology should be the master of situation under legislation any thing on the web should pass through filters of piracy & content should be blocked before it is allowed to be clicked. Let us not defame foreign clients when those elements are with in the grips of promoters. There is likely hood of local sites spring out to serve the piracy.

Anonymous said...

Here's your joke:::
Military pilot who had sex with an 11 year old boy when he was 17!!!
A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL WHO HAD SEX WITH AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT!!! He needs to be on a sexual preditor list.
How long did he masterbate and think about having sex with boys? In boot camp? Into his flight training? 20, 25 YEARS OLD??? OLDER???
"Creepy rotten grape attached to an otherwise normal bunch." And he hurt property values too.

Nick said...

We did win, right? It's dead in the water I hope.

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