Hello all. I've decided to create a central hub thread for all things SOPA, including explanations of the bill, actions being taken against it, supporters, detractors, etc.
I will be updating this thread over time but in the mean time please feel free to contribute content (cue FEAR, Rapture & co).
SOPA must burn to the ground where it stands and never pass into law. Stand with me in this black crusade against tyranny!
This bill is nothing short of corporate manipulation of our government to enact policies favorable to the extremely select few at the detriment of the overwhelming majority. We must do what is in our power to stop this encroachment upon our rights.
People of the world should know that this is not merely an American bill- it has far reaching implications that will hurt all those on the internet. It will be uniformly disastrous.
Be loud, be educated, be irate.
Don't let give up your rights quietly into the night Americans. Allies in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East support us! We need your voice too!
I support the black crusade against SOPA.
What is SOPA?
The StopOnline Piracy Act (SOPA),also known as H.R.3261, is a bill thatwas introduced in the UnitedStates House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, byRepresentative LamarSmith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initialco-sponsors. The bill expands the ability of U.S. law enforcement andcopyright holders to fight online trafficking incopyrighted intellectualproperty and counterfeitgoods. Nowbefore the HouseJudiciary Committee, it builds on the similarPRO-IPAct of 2008 and the corresponding Senate bill, the PROTECTIP Act.
Theoriginally proposed bill would allow the U.S.Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seekcourt orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitatingcopyright infringement. Depending on who requests the court orders,the actions could include barring online advertising networks andpayment facilitators such as PayPal fromdoing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring searchengines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet serviceproviders to block access to such sites. The bill would makeunauthorized streaming ofcopyrighted content a crime, with a maximum penalty of five years inprison for 10 such infringements within six months. The bill alsogives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take actionagainst websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable fordamages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that awebsite is dedicated to infringement.
Proponentsof the bill say it protects the intellectualproperty market and corresponding industry, jobs andrevenue, and is necessary to bolster enforcement of copyrightlaws especially against foreign websites. Theycite examples such as Google's $500 million settlement with theDepartment of Justice for its role in a scheme to target U.S.consumers with ads to buy illegal prescriptiondrugs from Canadian pharmacies. Opponents say that itviolates the FirstAmendment, is Internetcensorship, willcripple the Internet, andwill threaten whistle-blowing andother freespeech.
TheHouse Judiciary Committee held hearings on SOPA on November 16 andDecember 15, 2011. The Committee is scheduled to continue debate whenCongress returns from its winter recess.
Thebill would authorize the U.S. Department of Justice to seek courtorders against websites outside U.S. jurisdiction accused ofinfringing on copyrights, or of enabling or facilitating copyrightinfringement. Afterdelivering a court order, the U.S.Attorney General could require US-directed Internet serviceproviders, ad networks, and payment processors to suspend doingbusiness with sites found to infringe on federal criminalintellectual property laws. The Attorney General could alsobar searchengines from displaying links to the sites.
Thebill also establishes a two-step process for intellectual propertyrights holders to seek relief if they have been harmed by a sitededicated to infringement. The rights holder must first notify, inwriting, related payment facilitators and ad networks of the identityof the website, who, in turn, must then forward that notification andsuspend services to that identified website, unless that siteprovides a counter notification explaining how it is not inviolation. The rights holder can then sue for limited injunctiverelief against the site operator, if such a counternotification is provided, or if the payment or advertising servicesfail to suspend service in the absence of a counternotification.
Thebill provides immunity from liability to the ad and payment networksthat comply with this Act or that take voluntary action to cut tiesto such sites. Any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents thata website is dedicated to infringement would be liable fordamages. Thesecond section increases the penalties for streaming video and forselling counterfeit drugs, military materials or consumer goods. Thebill would increase the penalties for unauthorized streaming ofcopyrighted content and other intellectual propertyoffenses.
Accordingto co-sponsor Representative BobGoodlatte (R-VA), chairman of the HouseJudiciary Committee's IntellectualProperty sub-panel, SOPA represents a rewrite of the PROTECT IPAct to address tech industry concerns. Goodlatte told TheHill thatthe new version requires court approval for action against searchengines. TheSenate version, PROTECT IP, does not.
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SOPA is just another example of cooperations, not people, controlling government.
What is SOPA? Could you add a link to what SOPA is in the OP?
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This is the first time I've heard of SOPA as well.////Taking sig/avatar requests, PM if interested\\\\
Honestly, the most effective way to battle piracy is to look at companies like Valve and the business model they have with Steam. They treat their consumers with respect and for that they're extremely successful. Unfortunately, the people who are debating this bill, who will have to come to a conclusion when Congress returns from its winter recess this week or the next, really have no idea how the internet works in the first place. They are not "technical experts" which is why more people need to be made aware of the consequences SOPA entails.
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It's almost impossible to "fight" this bill when the masses have never heard of it. It's the kinda thing that needs to be spread and have them understand what it does. Has anyone made an anti SOPA Facebook page? Something with twitter and all other social media sights. Someone really needs to start a campaign against it. Not through small blogs and YouTube videos because that's not nearly enough.
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Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) co-sponsors and entertainment industry vessels Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) have had a very busy few weeks both responding to and ignoring the immense criticism to the DNS filtering aspects of SOPA. This week Leahy proclaimed that he'd be willing to make a not-really-concession by rushing the bill to a vote and then maybe studying the DNS impact at a later date. Leahy issued a statement urging everybody to essentially ignore the Internet-breaking aspects of the bill, while downplaying criticism coming from all corners of the Internet:I remain confident that the ISPs—including the cable industry, which is the largest association of ISPs—would not support the legislation if its enactment created the problems that opponents of this provision suggest. Nonetheless, this is in fact a highly technical issue, and I am prepared to recommend we give it more study before implementing it. As I prepare a managers’ amendment to be considered during the floor debate, I will therefore propose that the positive and negative effects of this provision be studied before implemented, so that we can focus on the other important provisions in this bill...
“It is amazing to me that the opponents apparently don’t want to protect American consumers and businesses. Are they somehow benefiting by directing customers to these foreign websites? Do they profit from selling advertising to these foreign websites? And if they do, they need to be stopped. And I don’t mind taking that on
-Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
In other words, please ignore the devastating, free-speech crushing, Internet breaking aspects of this bill and just pass it. You can trust me and my handlers in the entertainment industry to investigate and fix the problems later. Maybe.
As for ISP support, while myopic media executives at cable ISPs likely love SOPA because they incorrectly think it will stop piracy, the engineers at those ISPs realize the bill's fatal flaws. Unfortunately, that latter segment probably won't get their voices heard, just like when they warn bean counters of security vulnerabilities that are costly to correctly address. Leahy went on to suggest that people really shouldn't be upset about SOPA, because it was built with the input of everybody:The process in drafting the legislation has always been an open one in which we have heard from all third parties, and have worked to address as many outstanding concerns as possible. It is through this process that we have gained the support of the majority of third parties who will be asked to take action under the legislation, as well as a bipartisan group of 40 cosponsors in the Senate.
Except like with most one sided, corporate lobbyist drafted bills, the bill creation process wasn't open in the slightest, with no hearings held on PIPA whatsoever, and consumer and expert input that disagreed with the MPAA/RIAA perspective being utterly ignored. The fact that you've assembled a group of bipartisan cosponsors who have absolutely no idea how technology works and are happily willing to gobble up entertainment industry cash and talking points -- isn't really anything to brag about and does not constitute consensus.
secretly making money off of foreign pirate sites. Or something.“It is amazing to me that the opponents apparently don’t want to protect American consumers and businesses. Are they somehow benefiting by directing customers to these foreign websites? Do they profit from selling advertising to these foreign websites? And if they do, they need to be stopped. And I don’t mind taking that on."
While Smith is busy accusing Google and Facebook of being unpatriotic pirate lovers, Smith himself is taking some heat for the fact he's pushing an anti-piracy law while quietly ripping off website backgrounds without getting permission from the artist. The raw, blistering hypocrisy and ignorance SOPA/PIPA sponsors are exhaling this week needs to somehow be harnessed and used to solve the world's looming energy crisis.
I encourage all of you, even foreigners, to write US officials on this issue. Here's a copy of what I just sent my Nebraska Congressman:
Do not support the Stop Online Piracy Act.
I am in the web development field and on the edge of emerging internettechnology, and this bill is nothing short of corporate censorship.
Ineffect Mr. Nelson this bill would destroy all websites such asAmazon, Wikipedia, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Myspace.
Itis not a scalpel that can be used to cut out the undesirable filththat is out there (Piracy) but a broad sword or, put more aptly, anuclear strike.
Thiswill have devastating consequences and not just in the US. This willhave wide spread repercussions to the entire world, as much of theweb is entirely rooted on US soil and under our governance (such asICANN).
Imaginethe lack of innovation that will happen on the net when investorsrealize that the risks to associated with putting money in start upsis simply astronomical. Where will the future Facebook be? The nextAmazon?
Whatwill happen to all the jobs associated with these types of sitesright now- let alone in the future?
Iunderstand that many members of Congress are not 'tech savvy' as itwere and their professions lean towards law, medicine and the like.
Please,do not get caught up in corporate rhetoric on this issue. They'vebeen saying the same thing since the VHS recorder came out- where hasthe disaster been?
It's never hit. They see record profits because new technology providesever better ways to market content cheaply to the masses..
They're just resistant to changing their dinosaur business models.
Also the forums are glitching up something fierce for me. So the presentation is.. Off.
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My congressman is about to get an even better letter. Do not support SOPA. Your reelection depends on it. Your support of SOPA will constitute treason.
If Google and Wikipedia join one of the many sites going offline on the 18th, it will be massive. Popular sites like Mozilla and Reddit have already confirmed that they will be part of the online strike against the SOPA bill.Thanks to Kwes for the signature!
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So if the worst happens, imagine having a start up site in which you provide summaries to numerous articles highlighting a specific area in a certain field and organizing it so people in the certain field can have one place to read new techniques and goals in their field being taken down because you have links going to different sites. If SOPA passes, I won't have to imagine this, since it will become a reality for me.PS4|PS3|PS2|PS1|PSVITA|XBOX 360|XBOX|N64|3DS XL|DSi|Gameboy Advance|Gameboy Color|PC
I can't take this thread seriously. Imperium being the evil side? I sense that Vulgotha is heretic daemon worshipper. Purge the unclean!
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