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!
There have been other threads talking about this bill in the past months, so I won't go into grave detail. Anyways, it is coming up for a vote today and we're trying to flood Congress with letters of opposition.
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15th September 2004
One of these anti-piracy bills will pass eventually, but hopefully we can find a solution that will make end-users mostly happy instead of feeling threatened by blacklists.
Anyway, I added something to my copy.
Stop Online Piracy Act in the House). I am deeply concerned by the danger these bills pose to Internet security, free speech online, and innovation. The Internet Blacklist Legislation is dangerous and short-sighted, and I urge you to join Senator Wyden and other members of Congress, such as Representatives Lofgren, Eshoo and Issa, in opposing it.
Furthermore, I think any future legislation on the matter of piracy should be drafted alongside public opinion.
Also that has a fancy little video.
And for a philosophiculz conversation on the bill, the Pub as it for you here:
Congress, why you be stupid? :facepalm:
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15th September 2004
Got an e-mail back from a PA congressman today.
Thank you for contacting me about intellectual property protection and copyright infringement. I appreciate hearing from you.
I understand your concerns about expanding intellectual property protection and value your input on S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act. As you may know, Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) introduced this bill on May 12, 2011. Among its provisions, this measure would allow the U.S. Attorney General or qualifying plaintiffs to pursue legal action against registrants, owners, or operators of nondomestic Internet sites that infringe upon intellectual property rights.
It may also interest you to know that Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation (S. 978) concerning copyright infringement on May 12, 2011. Among its provisions, this measure would increase the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright.
I understand your concerns regarding these issues and value your input. S. 968 and S. 978 currently await consideration by the full Senate. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as work continues on these important issues.
Thank you again for your correspondence. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.
Pat Toomey U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania
A pretty generic response. It sort of reads "TL;DR, so I'll fire you copypasta promoting the bills" except longer.
At least you got a response, my congresspeople don't give a shit what I think, they've been in office for 10-20 years.
According to Real Clear Politics the Congressional Approval Rating is at 12.3% Approval and 81.7% Disapproval. Congress hasn't given a shit about the American people for some time now. Look at the Gulf of Tonkin. That was the lie that got us into Vietnam. We're just numbers to them in the end anyway, percentages. Expendable assets, a lifesource for their greed and Capitalism... The more they can force us to have to rely on them the more power over the people they gain. They can live as nobility while we peasants work their land and their buisnesses, keep them safe, and purchase their products... What a joke. Our Founding Fathers would be sickened to see what we are becoming, and what has already been done... I'd hate to think what another war or "Terror Attack" would do to this "House of Cards" of a "Free" country... The economy virtually raped and yet Congress is still interested in passing bills that take our rights away. I know there are many who haven't given this a thought not realizing this will also be a blow to freedom of speech and freedom of information... One day you could be telling your children you used to be able to watch news channels like bbc or Russia today instead of just Fox or CNN... Or even were able to have a swiss email account like me, instead of google, linked to facebook, linked to snagajob, linked to youtube, and all your search results and information and assets... The more of your Freedoms they take away the easier it will become to force you to do what they want you to, whatever that may be... to fight their wars, eat their cheap fake food, whatever just name it. They'll brainwash your children with their fake plastic pop culture. A generation blind from birth, perfect little consumers to keep their markets flowing, weak, lazy and unwilling to take responsibility for themselves, the Government will be more than willing to do it for them. A materialistic generation, not too bright, eating only 34% real organic food and just bursting with media and Hollywood influenced propaganda... We have medication for what your feeling right now. Take one with every meal and you'll feel much better. After all it's anything for the sake of Capitalism. Also, this "Border Fence" is a bad idea. Who the hell's bright idea was it to agree to that? To put a wall around our country? Look at the history of walls and fences surrounding countries... btw we're not in the Medieval Times! One day we might just be locked in... for our own protection. P.S. Most of the Presidential hopefulls look like cartoons if you ask me... hear some of their speeches and they sound like they're trying to run a Corperation. The CEO... I once heard the US was actually classified under the the US Government as a Corperation. If somebody can verify this as fact I sure would like to read your sources. Thanks. Also heard Marijuana will be equal to a traffic violation soon. I heard the police have more important things to worry about... I always said that but for some reason I feel like there is something they aren't telling us... Who knows. We hear all this jive on progress but I just want to know... What is it we are working for? What is it we are trying to achieve? I think this word "Progress" is just as big of a deception as "The American Dream". I haven't seen either... Sorry about the rant.
Seems the European Union got some common sense about this at least and are working on a counter-measurement rendering this bollocks useless in Europe.