STOP SOPA AND PIPA THEY WILL DESTROY THE FREEDOM OF THE INTERNETon January 17, 2012 at 12:01 am
THIS WEEK’S REGULARLY SCHEDULED PAGE OF GATES
WILL BE DISRUPTED DUE TO A BOYCOTT OF TWO BILLS
THAT ARE ANTI-FREEDOM AND ANTI-INTELLIGENT!!!!!
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, H.R. 3261):
The Protect IP Act (PIPA, S. 968)
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, H.R. 3261) is on the surface a “HAPPY” bill that claims to attempt to curb the online piracy of copyrighted media content. As a creator of an IP myself in Gates the comic book, I myself believe that it would be nice to have something in place that could protect my hard work more. However as sadly as this may be, the proposed way SOPA goes about attempting to do this would devastate the online economy and the overall freedom of the internet that all of us enjoy today. In particular this bill will affect sites with heavy user generated content, for example like Youtube, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and many other sites may cease to exist in their current form if this bill is passed and enforced with a heavy hand of censorship, ignorance and laziness.
Basically we will all pay for the laziness and stupidity of companies such as Marvel comics, who support the bill yet were not intelligent enough to embrace and capitalize on the growing internet opportunities before the were pirated to the point of online in effectiveness. The music industry and companies like BMG, were also ravaged by the laziness of their executives who moved too little too late to embrace the internet and how it could benefit their artists. Instead of work on new technologies to protect their IP’s or new business models to promote and distribute their content, these multi-billion dollar babies, have cowardly banded together to create an asinine “Patriot Act”-like abuse of power that will ravage the internet if employed.
The Protect IP Act (PIPA, S. 968) is SOPA’s twin in the Senate. Under current DMCA law, if a user uploads a copyrighted movie to sites like Youtube, the site isn’t held accountable so long as they provide a way to report user infringement. The user who uploaded the movie is held accountable for their actions, not the site. PIPA would change that – it would place the blame on the site itself, and would also provide a way for copyright holders to seize the site’s domain in extreme circumstances.
The Protect IP Act (PIPA, S. 968) is SOPA’s twin in the Senate and just as harmful and ridiculous. Under the current DMCA law, if a user uploads a copyrighted movie to a sites like Vimeo or Youtube, that particular site isn’t held accountable, as long as they provide a way to report user infringement and the company being infringed upon can block the content. Youtube is very good about this and is policed very well. It is the user who uploaded the video, that is held accountable for their actions, not the site that is hosting the content. PIPA would change that and it would place the blame on the site itself, which is bad enough, but to make matters worse, it would also provide a way for these copyright holders to seize the site’s domain in extreme circumstances and shut it down in true communistic, Big Brother like fashion.
America was built on a cry of freedom to stop the evil’s of empires form ruling society, holding it back and crushing the ability for the common man to survive and make a living. This heavy handed act of cowardly ignorance is ant0-freedom, anti-American and is another way for governments, lobbyists and multi-billion dollar corporations of greed to control our lives and keep the economy in their control.
This is the 1% that the Occupy movement discusses.
This is the 1% being backed into a corner and being afraid.
WE MUST FIGHT THEM! OR BIG BROTHER WILL SURELY WIN!
war is peace
freedom is slavery
ignorance is strength..BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU!
On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate…Even though the a gigantic population of intelligent, tax paying Americans are opposed to this act of cowardliness. We need to kill the bills, specifically PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House. We must protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and economic and intellectual prosperity.
“THIS AGGRESSION WILL NOT STAND” – JEFFERY LABOWSKI
List of Supporters: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act
60 Plus Association
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Americans for Tax Reform
Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies
Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Building and Construction Trades Department
Capitol Records Nashville
Christian Music Trade Association
Church Music Publishers’ Association
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP)
Concerned Women for America (CWA)
Congressional Fire Services Institute
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
Council of State Governments
Country Music Association
Country Music Television
Covington & Burling LLP
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
EMI Christian Music Group
EMI Music Publishing
Estée Lauder Companies
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Gospel Music Association
Graphic Artists Guild
Hachette Book Group
HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Inc.
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE)
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Union of Police Associations
Irell & Manella LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
Lathrop & Gage LLP
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Lost Highway Records
Major County Sheriffs
Major League Baseball
Majority City Chiefs
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC)
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Moving Picture Technicians
The Association of Magazine Media
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Crime Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
National Football League
National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee
National League of Cities
National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition
National Songwriters Association
National Troopers Coalition
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Phillips Nizer, LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Provident Music Group
Raulet Property Partners
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Showdog Universal Music
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Nashville
State International Development Organization (SIDO)
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
The Perseus Books Groups
The United States Conference of Mayors
Tiffany & Co.