Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CNET has a rush of blood to the head. UPDATE (heh)

Draconian copyright bill hits the Internet buzz saw | Business Tech - CNET News
The Stop Online Piracy Act, a controversial nutty, delusional and shortsighted bill created by people who could be construed as idiots, is hitting a buzzsaw of Internet opposition. Large companies are also starting to tabulate their potential compliance costs.

On the surface, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) sounds reasonable. All the legislation wants to do is stop online copyright infringement. The rub is that anyone can complain and have sites taken down and cut off from their revenue sources. Yes, you too can be a rogue site.

SOPA was introduced Oct. 26 and despite some initial outcry largely went unnoticed. A hearing with a arguably loaded deck in favor of SOPA was met by late inning resistance from AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo! and Zynga.

In a nutshell, SOPA kills the safe harbor in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). So long, safe harbor, and hello, U.S. Attorney General.
Furthermore: Chief Sponsor Wavers on Web Censorship Bill in Charged Hearing | Threat Level |
Legislation that would prevent Americans from visiting websites the government claims are violating copyright rules had a tumultuous first hearing Wednesday, with its main sponsor unexpectedly expressing reservations over the bill’s scope.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), one the chief sponsors of the bill, expressed uncertainty over allowing the Justice Department to obtain court orders demanding that American ISPs prevent users from visiting blacklisted websites. ISPs receiving such orders would have to alter records in the net’s system for looking up website names, known as DNS.
Given the readiness with which certain internet corporations roll over for the Chicoms at the merest suggestion of unhappiness, not to mention just how far in the tank the tech community is for the Obama mis-administration, apparently, Congressman Smith has also had a rush of blood to the head...

1 comment:

Carl-Bear said...

I've had a lot of work pirated; some for outright profit, some just "file-shared". And I think SOPA is purest BS.