- Internet & the Web
SOPA and PIPA Explained
Stop Online Piracy Act Is A Slippery Slope
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a United States bill proposed by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith (Republican) to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.
Internet Black-Out Day
photo Â© by Judy Ferony
Provisions include the requesting of court-orders to bar advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with infringing websites, and search engines from linking to the sites, and court orders requiring Internet service providers (ISP) to block access to the sites. The law would expand existing criminal laws to include streaming of copyright material, imposing a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Read more on Wikipedia
We are heading down a very slippery slope when we allow legislation like SOPA & PIPA to be passed. This country was built on free speech, and so many other freedoms that we as Americans have taken for granted. Little by little our elected officials chip away at our Constitutional Rights. Just over the holidays Obama passed legislation that gives the government the right to hold American citizens in custody with the right to a fair trial. He thought no one was paying attention. Maybe he was right, I sure hope not.
The photo in my intro is how my web site Deadicated.Org looked on January 18, 2012 in a show of Solidarity; I also Blacked Out all the posts on the front page of my local blog, The Morris Park Blogspot. The reason why I love the EFF (John Perry Barlow's Foundation) or The Electronic Frontier Foundation is in part, he was the only one who took interest when I was being threatened and pressured to take my blog down (or sanitize it). The blog would report on local politics in my Bronx neighborhood and every once in a while I'd get a frantic call from a staffer at a politician's office to take down a post. I was also cheated out of an internship over this blog, even though our local Community Board would deny it. As it turns out, I wound up taking most of it down, you see, I'm out of work and HR people scour the internet looking for the slightest excuse not to hire you. One example of this was an operator's job at one of the big three networks; I applied for the job on their web site in the wee hours of the morning and the very next day (first thing in the morning) I had a tremendous amount of page views.
Not only is Freedom Not Free; it's becoming very scarce too.
We Are Throwing Our Civil Rights Down The Toilet - Then Wiping Our Bottoms With The Constitution
SOPA and the Demonstrations, and their aftermath. For those of you that say "Who Cares!", you should, under this law you may go to your Squidoo or FaceBook account and it will no longer be there because they were in violation of the SOPA Laws. Think about it! Be an educated voter. Keep an eye on the people who initially supported it like Senators Charles Schumer and Gillibrand; and (most important) remember this in November when you go to vote. Remember while we weren't paying attention during the holidays, that Obama sign into legislation a law that gives the government the right to hold American Citizens without a fair trial. Think about this when we go into other countries and tell them how to live their lives, and in the process, spill the blood of our youth and America's best, bravest and brightest. Right now we don't have a draft, next war that may change. We are going backwards, not moving forward and should be ashamed of ourselves, one day we will look back in regret at what we so easily gave up.
John Perry Barlow Speaks At An Anti-SOPA Demonstration In NYC
SOPA & PIPA Explained - By The Khan Academy
We The People ... Disagree! - The Uphill Battle For The Right To Free Speech ...
... and those who are fighting for it.
- The Day After the SOPA Demonstrations in NYC and Online
The people have spoken and according to this ABC News article the Senators that backed this legislation are backing off.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
John Perry Barlow was one of The Grateful Dead's songwriters who wrote many of Bob Weirs song; some of his greatest works are being done right now as co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- FOX News on Why SOPA Is Bad
SOPA - What is it, and why it is bad is an article written by Sally Kohn.
- Bloomberg: U.S. Lawmakers Abandon Anti-Piracy Bills as Google Launches Online Protest
Eight U.S. lawmakers dropped their support for Hollywood-backed anti-piracy legislation as Google Inc. (GOOG), Facebook Inc. and other websites protested the measures...
- Google's SOPA Page
Take Action and Sign a Petition.
- Mark Zuckerberg posted this link on the 18th of January.
The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can't let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet's development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws th
- Deep Links: EFF Blog
I'm unemployed and I though that what the EFF are doing is so important that I joined at the Copper Level; in order to do this I gave up taking public transportation, and now walk to where I need to go for distances under 3 - 5 miles. They give you a
- Squidoo And The SOPA Blackout
Today a lot of sites you know and love like Wikipedia and Boing Boing and Reddit have gone dark in protest of the proposed legislation for the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act (SOPA and PIPA). Here's a quick overview of SOPA, here's an i
- SOPA & PIPA Not Dead Yet Warns LA Times!
A day after a widespread Internet protest, key opponents of SOPA and PIPA warned Thursday that the controversial online piracy bills are not dead yet and called for lawmakers to slow down and start over...
- SOPA, PIPA Stalled: Meet the OPEN Act - Computerworld
SOPA and PIPA may have been put on hold -- thanks to possibly the most contentious uproar seen on Capitol Hill and in the tech world ever -- but other legislation was introduced this week to combat online piracy.
- The Daily News ~ New York
Spoken like the true rag it is.
- Forbes: Does Online Piracy Hurt The Economy
Reports of the entertainment industry's death seem much exaggerated. (Image via Wikipedia) Julian Sanchez has an excellent piece in Ars Technica which takes a look at the claim that content creators are being discouraged from creative pursuits due to