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Topic # 94394 9-Dec-2011 22:01 Send private message

People may like to sign the partition against the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act.
http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet/   

Apologies if this has already been discussed, I find it strange I haven't seen it mentioned on here or find it in a search except on Juha's blog.

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  Reply # 556191 10-Dec-2011 02:22 Send private message

considering this could impact people all around the world its funny the media is keeping silent on this.













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  Reply # 556473 10-Dec-2011 21:13 Send private message

hamish225: considering this could impact people all around the world its funny the media is keeping silent on this.

Probably because it will not affect us immediately.

Even if it passes, it will take a while before the US gets provisions into an international treaty that we sign as part of some trade agreement.

In any case they'll take out all the really horrible stuff, and just leave the averagely horrible stuff in, and then rename it something else.

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  Reply # 556489 10-Dec-2011 21:35 Send private message

hamish225: considering this could impact people all around the world its funny the media is keeping silent on this.

On the surface, dajaz1.com would appear to be a good example of impact - interesting reading about it on techdirt.

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  Reply # 556496 10-Dec-2011 21:50 Send private message

That techdirt article did not tell me what it was all about and gave the impression the seizure was arbitrary. Maybe it was, but the article is not 100% clear on that. This summary is better:

From: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/09/how-a-music-site-disappeared-for-a-year/

"Dajaz1 and the other music sites were suspected of infringing on copyrights by posting songs before they were officially released, and they were shut down without warning. In a detailed affidavit, a federal agent described finding dozens of ?unauthorized? songs on the sites. But people in the music industry were quick to note that a great deal of the music on those blogs had actually been leaked by record companies to promote new releases"

The likely explanation is one record executive got annoyed at lack of control and wanted them shut down, and got it done.

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  Reply # 556497 10-Dec-2011 21:56 Send private message

interesting articles.....god bless the land of the free




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  Reply # 556505 10-Dec-2011 22:22 Send private message

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized that site and others.

ICE also run detention centers which operate on similar principles of non-disclosure and effectively immune from challenge through the mainstream court system.

Like too many other things - ICE is a sub-department of the Department of Homeland Security. 100% nuts.



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  Reply # 556762 12-Dec-2011 04:01 Send private message

It's just another reminder that America has a massive problem with out of control lobbying that's creating a whole bunch of bad laws.

We need to keep an eye on our politicians as they will try and bring in the same nonsense here.

The wikileaks cables showed us that industry lobby groups are not afraid to throw money at lobbying even in NZ.

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  Reply # 557145 12-Dec-2011 18:47 Send private message

by affecting us i mean they might shut down a website and we won't even be able to use it here, since our internet goes through america and australia















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  Reply # 569868 17-Jan-2012 12:43 Send private message

I'm glad Wikimedia are throwing their weight behind this, and bringing it to alot of people's attention. Stuff article

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  Reply # 569872 17-Jan-2012 12:46 Send private message

Looks like SOPA has been canned in the meantime unless Romney flukes getting in in November..

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/putting_sopa_on_a_shelf034765.php




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  Reply # 571008 19-Jan-2012 21:00 Send private message

With the contact your representative campaign in the states today and the black out campaign running world wide today - many senators have defected from and/or come out against SOPA and/or PIPA.

The Khan Academy guy has put up an excellent explanation of how these bills capture and will effectively shut down (due to denial of US based services) tons of sites with user generated content arbitrarily under a shoot first regime:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzqMoOk9NWc&feature=player_embedded

That would include GeekZone.

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  Reply # 571012 19-Jan-2012 21:07 Send private message

The fact that a law such as this could be passed and have such a global scope is absolutely ridiculous and should not be allowed.

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