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New bill will shut down websites with copyright issues, scary

  1. Reality Bytes profile image92
    Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago

    A new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would allow law enforcement officials to shut down websites that enable or facilitate copyright infringement, leading some digital rights groups to suggest that YouTube, Twitter and online news sites could be targeted.

    Representative Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act Wednesday, along with a bipartisan group of 11 co-sponsors. The bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders to block U.S. access to foreign websites accused of infringing copyright.

    The bill would also allow copyright holders to seek court orders to block the allegedly infringing sites if efforts to get online advertising networks and payment processors to stop doing business with the sites failed.


    http://itgovernment.computerworld.com/e … fringement

    Just a way to allow the government to control the internet.  Would it be fair if HP was shut down and charged along with Google with copyright infringement because someone copied and pasted someone else's work on to their site?

    1. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      HubPages isn't a foreign site. It's a U.S. based company, therefore it's website is also.

      1. Reality Bytes profile image92
        Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I did not want to paste the article in its entirety:

        Websites operated for the purpose of infringement or having "only limited purpose or use other than" infringement would be targeted, as would sites that engage in, enable or facilitate infringement, according to language in the bill. The bill would also make it a crime, with a five-year prison term, to stream Web content without permission, in some cases, and it reenforces a process that U.S. agencies are now using to shut down U.S. websites accused of infringing copyright.



        "Anyone who writes about, or links to, a site suspected of infringement could also become a target of government action."

      2. yols-a profile image61
        yols-aposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I 'm really concerned about the news because I do news from Trinidad but as soon as what i think is a top story is released i try to get it on the internet but i guess this is something we need to follow

        1. Reality Bytes profile image92
          Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I agree, will they shut down FB if I post a link to a site that I am unaware is guilty of infringement?

          1. lobobrandon profile image82
            lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            So anyone can go to their competitor site and leave a comment etc to a copyright infringed site and that site gets banned - WOW WHAT A FANTASTIC IDEA YOUR HOUSE HAS COME UP WITH

            1. Reality Bytes profile image92
              Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              There are two bills in Congress right now that the media ignores but both could have long lasting effects on the People.

              Enslavement and control, that's what they are all about.

              1. lobobrandon profile image82
                lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Hmmm That's not good - not good at all...

  2. Reality Bytes profile image92
    Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago

    Another thing to consider. HP has users from all over the globe.  If their links on their hubs lead to "foreign" websites that are guilty, does HP and Google get the whack?

  3. whoisbid profile image73
    whoisbidposted 5 years ago

    The internet is filled with copyright infringements. Even though Youtube has developed ways to filter it out there are still millions of videos that got through the hole. There is no way to stop people copying stuff.

  4. rebekahELLE profile image92
    rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago

    I just saw this post on my FB feed, it appears the House Judiciary committee adjourned without voting on the bill at this time.. http://searchengineland.com/the-stop-on … paign=wall

    The delay is to allow more experts to weigh in with opinions and recommendations addressing technical, legal and first amendment issues.

    http://marketingland.com/what-all-marke … -sopa-1677
    What All Marketers Need To Know About SOPA

    1. IzzyM profile image87
      IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the links, and I sincerely hope this bill, which was being fast-tracked through, is stopped.

      http://www.webpronews.com/wikipedia-con … pa-2011-12

      Even wikipedia is against it.

      1. rebekahELLE profile image92
        rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        one more someone posted on my wall: http://www.themysteryworld.com/2011/12/ … ional.html  Harvard Law - Why SOPA is Unconstitutional

        1. IzzyM profile image87
          IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          That'll be the link that Matt Cutts tweeted when he said

          "Some dude says SOPA violates First Amendment: http://t.co/eJ0gc5ns P.S. He’s a professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard."

          My eyes are too sore to read it, the writing is small.

          1. melbel profile image91
            melbelposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I lolled at the "some dude" part when I saw the tweet. I still have to read that, too.

  5. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    Criminals can't stand free speech. They are going to be doing everything they can to take it away.
    Enjoy it while you got it.

  6. Pearldiver profile image87
    Pearldiverposted 5 years ago

    Why should this BS concern us.... really?  yikes

    Clearly someone is taking the Unemployment issue seriously and proposing another poorly thought through idea for gaining jobs for 1000s of welfare recipients! smile

    Obviously, a few thousand of the market entre-prune-their-arials may well have to move over to provide a better class of prisoners within the system.. but in Texas the monopoly for manufacturing Pink Tent Gear is well established and slipped through Anti-Trust legislation years ago! smile

    Or Was this considered as an opportunity to provide some further 'stable' work for the returning troops who are currently being withdrawn from deployment throughout the World... Where foreigners urgently required the US Government representatives to formulate a Viable Plan and Supervise the Immediate (With Force if need be) implementation of Democratic Rights of Free Speech and Expression!!!! ???  big_smile

    I'm pretty sure that WikiLeaks issue is a bit larger than the not-so-Clever politicians need to SHUT US ALL UP!!  OMG... Transparency Viva Transparency! roll  big_smile

    But Hey.... What do I know? .... I'm a Frippen Kiwi Foreigner!!! big_smile

    1. melbel profile image91
      melbelposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Because HubPages could be shut down because of this bill. In fact, HubPages has publicly asked us to fight this bill:

      http://blog.hubpages.com/2011/11/internet-blacklisting/

      If one HubPages user copies something from elsewhere and posts it into a hub, it could mean goodbye HubPages... for all of us.

      1. Pearldiver profile image87
        Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Ohhhhh Pleeeeezzzze sad

        You have completely MISSED the points I have made in my post!  sad

        Factually, I AM quite well informed in MY foreign world.. which I hope allows me the ability to see a larger picture than many less informed others! Much of the 'current' technology has been developed by Kiwis! (Including certain Chips!) smile

        This is Not About HP.. and I WASN'T Fishing for Advice.

        If You Lighten Up... and you may find that you bite too prematurely.. and thus miss the best bits! big_smile

  7. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    Its capitalists against socialists. Copyright corporations who want to own the world against Fair nonprofit Use.

    1. Brooke Lorren profile image60
      Brooke Lorrenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      So who's for this bill, according to you?  The capitalists or the socialists? 

      I'm a capitalist who doesn't want this bill because I could be out of quite a bit of income if this bill gets passed.  I might be able to keep my job designing T-shirts, and my personal web sites might stay up because I control what goes up there, but if sites like Hubpages shut down, that's most of my money.

      Why would the socialists want it?  Don't they believe in free information sharing?

  8. John Holden profile image60
    John Holdenposted 5 years ago

    I thought Hubpages were pretty good already at killing duplicate copy!
    In other words, why would they be seen as a threat to copyright?
    I would have thought that most people would be glad to not have their work copied and profited from by others.

  9. FloraBreenRobison profile image60
    FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years ago

    as someone who lives in Canada, I have no vote.

  10. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    So what if someone on these forums posts something copyrighted? Do they have to check every post?

  11. nifwlseirff profile image95
    nifwlseirffposted 5 years ago

    People who live overseas can sign the Avaaz petition: http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_intern … _center_b/

 
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