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    Most voters only see what the politicians want them to see.... Hopefully the Internet is so big now, the likes of Google, wiki, etc., are getting the REAL message out there to them.




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    Yeah its times like this I'm glad the Internet has so much power.
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    nothing is going to happen. well except for more pointless protests


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    MEGAUPLOAD is already taken down.

    On 19th January 2012 Federal Prosecutors in Virginia closed down Megaupload and charged its founder and others for breaching anti-Piracy laws[26]. This comes just one day after a global blackout online in protest to the SOPA bill.
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    Our Anus friends have launched their biggest attack on the entertainment industry yet.

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    Not like they didn't have it coming. Was kind of expecting something worse though.
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    Might as well post this here too...

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/n...main-works.ars

    Supreme Court rules Congress can re-copyright public domain works

    Congress may take books, musical compositions and other works out of the public domain, where they can be freely used and adapted, and grant them copyright status again, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

    In a 6-2 ruling, the court ruled that just because material enters the public domain, it is not “territory that works may never exit.” (PDF)

    The top court was ruling on a petition by a group of orchestra conductors, educators, performers, publishers and film archivists who urged the justices to reverse an appellate court that ruled against the group, which has relied on artistic works in the public domain for their livelihoods.

    They claimed that re-copyrighting public works would breach the speech rights of those who are now using those works without needing a license. There are millions of decades-old works at issue. Some of the well-known ones include H.G. Wells’ Things to Come; Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the musical compositions of Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky.

    The court, however, was sympathetic to the plaintiffs’ argument. Writing for the majority, Justice Ruth Ginsburg said “some restriction on expression is the inherent and intended effect of every grant of copyright.” But the top court, with Justice Elena Kagan recused, said Congress’ move to re-copyright the works to comport with an international treaty was more important.

    For a variety of reasons, the works at issue, which are foreign and produced decades ago, became part of the public domain in the United States but were still copyrighted overseas. In 1994, Congress adopted legislation to move the works back into copyright, so U.S. policy would comport with an international copyright treaty known as the Berne Convention.

    In dissent, Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito said the legislation goes against the theory of copyright and “does not encourage anyone to produce a single new work.” Copyright, they noted, was part of the Constitution to promote the arts and sciences.

    The legislation, Breyer wrote, “bestows monetary rewards only on owners of old works in the American public domain. At the same time, the statute inhibits the dissemination of those works, foreign works published abroad after 1923, of which there are many millions, including films, works of art, innumerable photographs, and, of course, books — books that (in the absence of the statute) would assume their rightful places in computer-accessible databases, spreading knowledge throughout the world.”

    Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford University and a plaintiff’s lawyer in the case, called the decision “unfortunate” and said it “suggests Congress is not required to pay particularly close attention to the interests of the public when it passes copyright laws.”

    The majority, however, rebuffed charges that a decision in favor of Congress’ move would amount to affording lawmakers the right to legislate perpetual copyright terms.

    “In aligning the United States with other nations bound by the Berne Convention, and thereby according equitable treatment to once disfavored foreign authors, Congress can hardly be charged with a design to move stealthily toward a regime of perpetual copyrights,” Ginsburg wrote.

    It’s not the first time the Supreme Court has approved the extension of copyrights. The last time was in 2002, when it upheld Congress’ move to extend copyright from the life of an author plus 50 years after death to 70 years after death.

    The lead plaintiff in the case, Lawrence Golan, told the high court that it will not longer be able to perform Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Peter and the Wolf, or Shostakovich’s Symphony 14, Cello Concerto because of licensing fees.
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    Not like they didn't have it coming. Was kind of expecting something worse though.
    Yeah, I was expecting something far worse, but I'm sure thats still yet to come.
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    I do not know if this is real but.

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    It's pretty sad to see that the bill still has supporters.

    But at the same time, it's cool to see so many more people opposing it.
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    Apparently SOPA is dead. Twitter is trending it like crazy.

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    Remember SOPA? The one which lost a lot of support? Oh don't worry, we have ANOTHER BILL from the same guy! Now it's to protect the kids, which really doesn't protect anyone!

    http://www.slashgear.com/sopa-sponso...-247-20210264/

    Senator Lamar Smith, lead sponsor of the currently dead SOPA bill you’ve heard so much about, has another bill in the works that uses Child Pornography as a screen to push through an amendment that’ll have your internet service provider tracking all of your financial dealings online. Each time you use a credit card, each time you read your bank statement, all of your IP information and your search history will be required by your ISP to be stored for 18 months at all times. This bill is H.R. 1981 and will have more dire consequences than SOPA or PIPA ever had the potential to have.




    What it does is to amend several rules that have to do with Child Pornography and preventing it, the bill itself called the “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011.” What it also does is to change the U.S. code Chapter 18 section 2703 Required Disclosure of Customer Communications or Records to include a requirement that your internet service provider do the following:

    A commercial provider of an electronic communication service shall retain for a period of at least one year a log of the temporarily assigned network addresses the provider assigns to a subscriber to or customer of such service that enables the identification of the corresponding customer or subscriber information under subsection (c)(2) of this section.

    While it was legal for the government to issue a subpoena for the viewing of the information they speak about here before, it was not part of the law that internet service providers capture or retain that information at any point. In effect, while before the authorities would need to first find a reason for you to need to be watched to get the ISP to start collecting information from you, that information will already exist on file, effectively meaning you’re being watched and recorded even if you’ve done nothing wrong.

    Don’t worry though, there’s an additional set of lines that should placate you because it’s so very kind of them to think of:

    (1) to encourage electronic communication service providers to give prompt notice to their customers in the event of a breach of the data retained pursuant to section 2703(h) of title 18 of the United States Code, in order that those effected can take the necessary steps to protect themselves from potential misuse of private information; and

    (2) that records retained pursuant to section 2703(h) of title 18, United States Code, should be stored securely to protect customer privacy and prevent against breaches of the records.

    So don’t worry, your information will be “stored securely” so noone else can access it! But if they do access it, your ISP will give you “prompt notice” so you can change all your credit card numbers, hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband. This bill has currently cleared its committee, this meaning that the next step is a full vote. This bill needs to be stopped, and if I might go one better, Lamar Smith needs to be stopped, for the good of the internet and YOUR privacy.
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    Anybody up for impeaching Lamar Smith for being an idiot and a threat for trying to undermine our constitution?

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    If this passes, it won't just be the US that it'll affect. It'll be the internet all over the world. This can't happen.

    They could take any website or forum down if there's even the slightest hint of copyrighted material on the site. So there would be no more fan vids, no more artwork, no more fanfics. You can say bye bye to all that.
    Last edited by littlegoldfish666; 01-22-2012 at 15:22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlegoldfish666 View Post
    If this passes, it won't just be the US that it'll affect. It'll be the internet all over the world. This can't happen.

    They could take any website or forum down if there's even the slightest hint of copyrighted material on the site. So there would be no more fan vids, no more artwork, no more fanfics. You can say bye bye to all that.
    And we would be seeing those horrible internet package deals, like "with this deal you can visit these sites and with this package you can visit these sites" shit.
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