PIPA and SOPA? WTF?
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Congress and the SOPA and PIPA bills
By: Heather Schaub
The government has the ability to do many things. One is to make and pass bills. But the thing is, we have the power to protest. But there’s one flaw: if there aren’t enough voices being heard, if there aren’t enough people standing up and voicing their opinions, bills that can seriously become a threat to our rights will be passed.
At this very moment, they are trying to get President Obama to pass the bills of SOPA and PIPA. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) are bills that sound all well and good and all, but when you look at what they are trying to do with these bills, you will realize that these bills are very damaging to the internet and our rights as Citizens of the United States of America!!!
My recent adventures on the internet have led me to the Google protest page. What they are trying to tell you is that these bills MUST BE STOPPED!!
Reasons being such as listed:
1. “PIPA & SOPA will censor the web.
These bills would grant new powers to law enforcement to filter the Internet and block access to tools to get around those filters. We know from experience that these powers are on the wish list of oppressive regimes throughout the world. SOPA and PIPA also eliminate due process. They provide incentives for American companies to shut down, block access to and stop servicing U.S. and foreign websites that copyright and trademark owners allege are illegal without any due process or ability of a wrongfully targeted website to seek restitution”
2. “PIPA & SOPA will risk our industry’s track record of innovation and job creation.
These bills would make it easier to sue law-abiding U.S. companies. Law-abiding payment processors and Internet advertising services can be subject to these private rights of action. SOPA and PIPA would also create harmful (and uncertain) technology mandates on U.S. Internet companies, as federal judges second-guess technological measures used by these companies to stop bad actors, and potentially impose inconsistent injunctions on them.”
3. “PIPA & SOPA will not stop piracy.
These bills wouldn’t get rid of pirate sites. Pirate sites would just change their addresses in order to continue their criminal activities. There are better ways to address piracy than to ask U.S. companies to censor the Internet. The foreign rogue sites are in it for the money, and we believe the best way to shut them down is to cut off their sources of funding. As a result, Google supports alternative approaches like the OPEN Act.”
The OPEN Act (Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act) “is OPEN is a comparatively svelte 18 pages focused mostly on one core concept, compared to SOPA's 78-page monstrosity that advanced about a dozen different substantive proposals. I can't tell you the number of times I've seen very smart people stymied to keep all of SOPA's moving parts separate, and the failure to do so meant that they were conflating different parts of the statute in ways that prevented productive discussion. (Just two examples: The Colbert Report, where Zittrain mostly focused on SOPA's felony streaming provision while his counterpart was mostly talking about the cutoff provisions; and Business Insider's info graphic where the felony streaming sanction was presented as a remedy to the cutoff provisions). By reducing the number of topics at issue, OPEN substantially reduces the chance that policy discussants will simply talk past each other.”
“SOPA was the product of rent-seekers who were talking only amongst themselves and legislators tethered to their campaign contributions. The drafting process was disturbingly closed-door and exclusionary; exactly the kind we wish didn't take place in our representative democracy. In contrast, the OPEN sponsors want to have a dialogue about their ideas. In support of that, they have posted the draft to a website that allows comments and discussion. This is the way our democracy should work. Why is such an open process the exception instead of the rule?”
“The PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 or PIPA), also known as Senate Bill 968 or S. 968, is a proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to "rogue websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods", especially those registered outside the U.S. The bill was introduced on May 12, 2011, by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)and 11 bipartisan co-sponsors. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that implementation of the bill would cost the federal government $47 million through 2016, to cover enforcement costs and the hiring and training of 22 new special agents and 26 support staff. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill, but Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) placed a hold on it. The PROTECT IP Act is a re-write of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which failed to pass in 2010. A similar House version of the bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was introduced on October 26, 2011.”
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on the legislation for January 24, 2012.”
The real question comes into our minds as we read these truths. Are we going to give up some of our rights just so we can feel safe on the internet? A wise man named Benjamin Franklin once said,
“Anyone who is willing to give up a little freedom for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
The meaning behind this, who knew it would this kind of meaning now?
Now I leave the decision with you, my fellow AMERICANS. Are we going to give up some of our rights just so we can have a little security? Or are we going to stand up and fight these acts to ensure that no matter what happens, we will remain a strong nation, not by our government, but by our PEOPLE!!!
We need more protesters!!!! VOICE YOUR OPINIOIN!!!