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SOPA/PIPA/All the Internets

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Here is what I want to do: I want to say something intelligible and profoundly correct about what is happening in regards to SOPA/PIPA. I want to be righteously angry about how anyone could ever propose to take away any of our most basic freedoms by proposing H.R. 1981 or what it has most recently been proposed as: “The Keep Every American’s Digital Data for Submission to the Federal Government Without a Warrant Act”. I want to write something about these topics that makes infinite sense to everyone.

*Side Note: I also want to write these next few statements without coming off as a pretentious, pompous ass (Insert: “Too Late” joke here).

I cannot do these things.

Besides the obvious, (and not phishing for compliments) I am not a good enough writer to do so. And even if I were, I still do not believe I could do so.

My reasoning: As these “anti-piracy” bills have come to occupy our current social/political attention, I have been confronted with the idea of a life without the internet as it is today – which includes its vast and ever evolving potential for continued innovation. I grow extremely frustrated and distraught with this thinking (*Can I call these daymares? Nightmares for daydreams?) [At this point, I thought about trying to put some kind of clear point to go along with my own feelings. Wikipedia as always, delivered: “”Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge”] I won’t belabor my point – infinite access to different information, multiple points of view/frames of reference. All allowing us to be consumer’s of information (“traffickers of information” #namethatreference) and if we do it right, cultivate our own quasi-original opinions and further the reasons behind our actions.

(Not that we cannot already do these things in different fashions, but there is none so intuitive and all-encompassing as our use of the internet right now).

What was my real point? I don’t even know enough about these issues to respond the way I would like to. It’s hard to have the amount of time it would take to fully verse myself on these topics. And so my real point to all of this was to post a good number of links to articles about the topics and the organizations/people on both sides of the issue.

In no real particular order:

1. Via Reddit: The Activism Team at EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) did an AMA at Reddit today. It is  bevy of information. It has just about everything you might want to know about the current threats to our internets/what you can do and how you can stay active/aware. Really interesting stuff. (*For my non-reddit friends, feel free to get lost in the AMA section. There have been really cool ones from people like Megan Ganz – a writer on Community and Matt Jones – an actor on Breaking Bad).

2. Via Wikipedia: Learn about the EFF

3. The EFF’s Blog

4. Via TheNextWeb: SOPA/PIPA and the new threats.

5. Via TechCrunch: Anonymous Reacts to the take down of MegaUpload

6. Via Mashable/TED: An emergency TED talk: “Defend Our Freedom To Share (Or Why SOPA is a Bad Idea)”

7. Via Mashable: Is Anonymous targeting Facebook?

8. Via CNET: Umm, so is Anonymous targeting Facebook?

9. Via NedHardy: The PirateBay responds to SOPA

10. Via DeepLinks: More from the EFF and our ally Ron Wyden

11. Via KeeptheWebOpen: Advocay

I won’t saturate my market too much, so 11 is all for now. I expect this topic to be an on-going discussion.

Thanks for reading.

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Written by nathanley

January 25, 2012 at 12:44 AM

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  1. Hmm, the problem with this new legislation is the fact that congressmen/women, dont have a fundamental understand of how the internet works. There is video online from CSPAN, of a bunch of congressmen, talking about how they don’t understand technology and the internet [ http://bit.ly/vOEEbt ]. This is no longer a valid excuse when creating law that can fundamentally change the internet. In the United States, 95% of people that use the Internet, would never notice if the government cut off the US from the global internet.

    So a few things about PIPA/SOPA. These bills are about 75% identical. They focus on recommending punishments for copyright infringement. What we really should be worried about is the effect the US government would have on the Internet on a global scale.

    Also, the argument that these bills are here to save jobs, is full of shit. Whose jobs would they be saving? I dont know of any companies distributing counterfeit goods in the United States. Its not like Italy where you can buy knock-off sunglasses on every street corner.

    When people buy counterfeit items, they know they are buying a fake. Mistaking a fake for a real Louie Vuton handbag is out of the question. Buying a fake does not translate into a lost sale for Louie Vuton, had that website or street corner shop not existed. The person buying the fake will most likely not have enough money to buy the real thing, which is why they bought the fake. It is every copyright holders right to protect their copyright, however, it is bad for business. Suing the customer, or making it next to impossible to watch a movie or play a game with DRM, just hurts the consumer who actually bought your product.
    [ http://dl.dropbox.com/u/805215/pirating_vs_legit.jpg ]

    Finally, why do we even need this legislation? The DMCA, is not perfect, but it works. Giving the government and copyright holders more power bad. This has been proven multiple times.
    Revision3.com is an InternetTV company that distributes hundreds of hours of content. They decided to distribute their content via bittorrent (a perfectly legal protocol). They were temporarily shut down by the MPAA, because the MPAA saw a ton of bittorrent traffic coming from Revision3’s servers. While bittorrent can be used for illegal purposes, such as downloading movies, music and tv shows, it has plenty of legitimate purposes, just like a knife or [insert any old object here].

    please keep paying attention to SOPA, PIPA and now the OPEN Act: http://www.pcworld.com/article/248525/sopa_pipa_stalled_meet_the_open_act.html

    -Phil

    Phil

    January 26, 2012 at 4:16 AM


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