Dec 4 2011, 09:33 PM
Oppose PROTECT-IP Act: U.S. Government Wants To Censor Search Engines And Browsers
We knew that members of Congress and their business allies were gearing up to pass a revised Internet Blacklist Bill -- which more than 325,000 Demand Progress members helped block last winter -- but we never expected it to be this atrocious. Last year's bill has been renamed the "PROTECT IP" Act and it is far worse than its predecessor. A summary of it is posted below.The above is copied from act.demandprogress.org: Oppose PROTECT-IP Act
Senators Leahy and Hatch pretended to weigh free speech concerns as they revised the bill. Instead, the new legislation would institute a China-like censorship regime in the United States, whereby the Department of Justice could force search engines, browsers, and service providers to block users' access to websites, and scrub the American Internet clean of any trace of their existence.
Furthermore, it wouldn't just be the Attorney General who could add sites to the blacklist, but the new bill would allow any copyright holder to get sites blacklisted -- sure to result in an explosion of dubious and confused orders.
page has more info on the proposed PIPA act, and also Wikipedia
has an article on it: Protect IP Act
Sign the petition if you want the Internet to be free and uncencored in America. The petition is also open to non-US citizens. And you should care even if you live in Spain or in Japan, because this act will have some effects globally because of the US' inflated status.
Dec 6 2011, 05:15 AM
Related act: Stop Online Piracy Act
Quoting this demandprogress.org article
Oppose Internet Censorship: Help Defeat PIPA And SOPA
Internet censorship legislation is barreling through Congress, and could come up for a vote in the next couple of weeks.
Please fill out the form at right to ask your lawmakers to oppose the legislation -- and visit StopCensorship.org to ask for the Senator who's going to filibuster the bill to read your name into the record from the floor of the Senate.
Here's what the Washington Post wrote about it last week:
Imagine a country where the government is able to shut down Web sites at the slightest provocation, where elected representatives invoke fears of "overseas pirates" to defend the interests of domestic industries, and where Internet companies like Google must cave in to the demands of government censors or risk being shut down.
No, we are not talking about China, North Korea or Iran — we are talking about the United States, where legislators in both the House and Senate are attempting to push through new anti-piracy legislation by year-end that would benefit Hollywood at the expense of Silicon Valley.
The Stop Online Piracy Act would ruin so much of what's best about the Internet: It will give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans' access to sites that are accused of copyright infringement, force sites like YouTube to go to new lengths to police users' contributions, and put people in prison for streaming certain content online.
Just fill out the form at right to ask your lawmakers to oppose these Internet censorship bills.
This recent Washington Post article provides a concise overview of what's wrong with these bills.
American politicians... they must completely have lost it.
Dec 6 2011, 07:30 AM
Censoring the internet is like banning guns; the average law-abiding citizen will be losing something they have a right to use, and the criminals, the people the government thinks it's hurting, are going to keep doing the same shit they've been doing. I can access thousands of illegal files online just as easily as I can obtain an illegal firearm, and if the government takes away my right to get these things legally, I'm going to have them illegally before they even finish signing the bill into law.
Dec 6 2011, 08:12 AM
You are right Massacre. But, as the laws gets more and more crazy, you risk a harder punishment if you get caught. So also people who don't give a shit about the laws and are able to get what they want illegally, have reasons to be concerned.
Dec 6 2011, 09:03 AM
I've got nothing to worry about. In the extremely unlikely event this thing even gets passed, people will get fed up and revolt long before I run into any problems.
Dec 6 2011, 03:02 PM
The Second Amendment and your right to carry guns, wasn't that because the people should have the right to protect themselves from criminals, but also to be able to protect themselves from the state? A long time ago I read something about this, but I can't verify if it was bullshit or not. But I don't think it sounds too unbelievable that the people needed arms to protect themselves from the state in the 17th century.
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