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Ser Rets

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#1 8 years ago

COICA ( Combat Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act ) is a new act being discussed after ACTA has met with heavy resistance. Basically, given from the viewpoint of someone combating it, it's

"a bill that would give the US Government the power to block any website it did not approve of. This means that any website, be it your favorite blog, an overseas news outlet, your favorite movie streaming site, or download site, the United States Government could make it a crime for you to have access to it. This would effectively cut off all 300 million people in the United States from any website the US Government did not like."

I quote this simply because I do not have ample time to launch into full-research as this is meant to be an IT Course not a play about on filefront course. Once I do, I will bring up more on it. However what do you think of it? It seems to just be another form of ACTA

My personal opinion is one mixed, I see this as a good move to combat piracy and other illegal activities but the power to ban websites just because they're disliked? That can turn to full internet censorship and all the fun jokey sites can be taken down just because some stiff-lipped idiot has control over a Ban Website button

Yeah, Im not up to date and not trying to go out of my depth with all big technical language and stuff so Im not gonna say to much for fear of embarrassment, I'll just retreat to the Graphics Section and let the Masters of Debate have a go at this.

Slyck.com Judiciary Committee Approves Internet Censorship Bill Torrentfreak.com Senate Passes Bill to quash pirate websites lubbockonline.com Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act makes it out of committee




Keyser_Soze

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#2 8 years ago

honestly, i oppose this. it infringes on freedom of speech, which is one of the most important rights we have. it starts with this, then it's going to be restricted press... we need freedom of speech and the internet is part of that. fair enough targeting piracy, even if it is an unwinnable battle, but it's not just piracy.




Freyr VIP Member

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#3 8 years ago

Ser Rets;5426061COICA ( Combat Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act ) is a new act being discussed after ACTA has met with heavy resistance. Basically, given from the viewpoint of someone combating it, it's

"a bill that would give the US Government the power to block any website it did not approve of. This means that any website, be it your favorite blog, an overseas news outlet, your favorite movie streaming site, or download site, the United States Government could make it a crime for you to have access to it. This would effectively cut off all 300 million people in the United States from any website the US Government did not like."

As you say, that's from the point of view of the person combating it.

In the real world, they are looking to be able to block sites that are primarily centred around copyright infringement. ie; the pirate bay or whichever torrent tracker is the favourite of the week.

People are screaming censorship because fighting a straw man is easier than arguing that they should be allowed to pirate everything they want.

Besides, they are only looking at seizing ownership of domain names. My two pence, it won't work technically. People will start bookmarking IP addresses, and hosts files will become popular again. It won't solve the problem.




MoreGun89

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#4 8 years ago

OPPOSE!! If we let them have censorship of these sites, then what's next? Yes we might be "safe", but definitely not happy!


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#5 8 years ago

mm sounds like what china do, lm against it, its a limit on free speech. They use the excuse its for business, and to a degree it is, but even that is a limit on free speech, and then these massive companies can just charge what they want for something thats worth fuckall, its a bad idea. Avatar made 800 million in its first week, l cant see these companies going broke anytime soon, and they still want 30 bucks for a copy instead of 10 bucks, stuff em, there asking to be pirated in my opinion for being so damned greedy.......




Showd0wN

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#6 8 years ago

Oregon Senator Wyden effectively kills Internet censorship bill | Raw Story

Looks like it's being blocked for the time being.




Ensign Riles VIP Member

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#7 8 years ago

A bit off topic, but the average age of the Senate Judiciary Committee is 63 years. I hope their aides are considerably younger and have a good grasp of how the Internet works.




emonkies

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#8 8 years ago

IMHO

Opposed. Its too easy for such a law to be abused and once the rights are given away it will be almost impossible to give them back.




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#9 8 years ago

I thought a post like this would garner a few more opinions. Especially considering the medium people so frequently use.

Such a law could arbitrarily deny access to this site or any other out there, for all US citizens on an arbitrary whim. Undoubtedly it'll be for violations like "disseminated anything that the government has deemed inadmissible or copyrighted". Like a song, or film. As if that weren't bad enough, what's really spooky about it. Is that it could potentially be used to cut off the US population to any outside information.




redgroupclan

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#10 8 years ago

So they're just trying to stop piracy? Or are they trying to stop the internet from spreading the disease of immoralness/amoralness? I only did a quick scan of everything. I haven't the time to read all the posts.




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