Sopa is the worst thing to happen to the internet


Former Signing Ninja
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I'm sure you've seen the ads supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
There have been hearing in the House Judiciary Committee which pretty much ran true form with all the companies testifying about how terrible the net is and how much money they are loosing.
The free speech advocates tried to make thier points but got shot down regularly.
Many articles have done a better job then I can point out how bad this but here is one of the most concise from Ars Technica.

Imagine a world in which any intellectual property holder can, without ever appearing before a judge or setting foot in a courtroom, shut down any website's online advertising programs and block access to credit card payments. The credit card processors and the advertising networks would be required to take quick action against the named website; only the filing of a "counter notification" by the website could get service restored.

It's the world envisioned by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) in today's introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act in the US House of Representatives. This isn't some off-the-wall piece of legislation with no chance of passing, either; it's the House equivalent to the Senate's PROTECT IP Act, which would officially bring Internet censorship to the US as a matter of law.

Calling its plan a "market-based system to protect US customers and prevent US funding of sites dedicated to theft of US property," the new bill gives broad powers to private actors. Any holder of intellectual property rights could simply send a letter to ad network operators like Google and to payment processors like MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal, demanding these companies cut off access to any site the IP holder names as an infringer.

The scheme is much like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) "takedown notices," in which a copyright holder can demand some piece of content be removed from sites like YouTube with a letter. The content will be removed unless the person who posted the content objects; at that point, the copyright holder can decide if it wants to take the person to court over the issue.

Here, though, the stakes are higher. Rather than requesting the takedown of certain hosted material, intellectual property owners can go directly for the jugular: marketing and revenue for the entire site. So long as the intellectual property holders include some "specific facts" supporting their infringement claim, ad networks and payment processors will have five days to cut off contact with the website in question.

The scheme is largely targeted at foreign websites which do not recognize US law, and which therefore will often refuse to comply with takedown requests. But the potential for abuse-even inadvertent abuse-here is astonishing, given the terrifically outsized stick with which content owners can now beat on suspected infringers.[
What can you do if this scares you as much as me.
There are the standard petitions to sign but there are companies who support this who might change their mind if they get the financial incentive.
Here's a link to a complete list of those companies.


Team Member/Troll
Oddly enough, I'm in favor of this law.

Not for any reason that the people who are proposing it are.

It's an absolute way to break the control of the internet. All it will take is anybody filing a copyright claim against somebody else, who is going to check every time, to get something taken down. It's absolute chaos. The one thing people cannot take is chaos which means the law would break down the day after it would be released. It finally show congress for being what they are.


Former Signing Ninja
Staff member
Well the net blackout seems to gotten the message across and Congress is pulling SOPA (at least for the time being.
The did decide to do a big scr-w you to the net by busting megaupload.
Here's the story,0,3705603.story

Of course, I'm waiting for them to bring up the child pornography bill with all the same sh-t as SOPA, but under the guise of something that nobody in their right mind would oppose.
I find it interesting that how some republicans promote less government and then do more government stuff such as this. And that will be my only political comment on this thread.