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Re: Stop SOPA Censorship
« on: January 19, 2012, 01:39 AM »
STOP

INTERNET CENSORSHIP


http://www.mozilla.org/sopa/

What’s this about?

 Congress is trying to pass legislation that threatens free speech and innovation on the Internet, under the banner of anti-piracy efforts.

What’s at risk?

The proposed infrastructure would damage the security of the Internet and allow the government extensive censorship abilities.

The result?

Your favorite websites, both inside and outside the US, could be blocked based on a single infringement claim, without any due process of law.

How is it done?

The US will be able to block a site’s web traffic, ad traffic and search traffic using the same website censorship methods used by China, Iran and Syria.

What about piracy?

Piracy is a problem but there are better ways to address it that don’t stifle innovation, knowledge and creativity — or give the US such unchecked power over the global Internet.

I signed...will you?
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Re: Stop SOPA Censorship
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2012, 01:51 PM »
I sure did  :coffee

For those of you who live outside of the USA, if these bills (SOPA & PIPA) pass, they will also affect you. You can sign here via the US State Department http://americancensorship.org/modal/state-dept-petition

Thanks much for starting this post Mystic

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Re: Stop SOPA Censorship
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2012, 02:49 PM »
It was announced this morning that congress has put a hold on SOPA until further hearings. All the furor and uproar over the internet seems to have had a positive effect. Keep up the pressure.
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Re: Stop SOPA Censorship
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2012, 09:19 PM »
Yes. We've halted the Internet Blacklist Bills. Here is an email i received an hour ago. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

Whose Internet? Our Internet!

Thank you for urging your members of Congress to reject the Internet Blacklist Legislation (PROTECT-IP in the Senate and SOPA in the House). We've got big news. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has just declared that he is postponing a vote on the Protect IP Act (PIPA) scheduled for Tuesday. And in the House of Representatives, Rep. Lamar Smith issued a statement conceding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) wasn't ready for prime time either.

The blacklist bills are falling to pieces as we speak.

And it's all thanks to you. Our members took part in one of the largest online protests in history. Over 100,000 websites went black as citizens sent millions of emails to Congress to show opposition to the blacklist bills. The EFF action platform generated over 1 million emails to Congress in a single day.

Congress heard you. Our elected officials are learning that online censorship regimes won't solve the "piracy" problem, and we're not going to let up. When it comes to sacrificing our rights to publish and access information online, there can be no compromise. "Piracy" is a business problem that needs a business solution, not lopsided legislation that favors big content industries over our Constitutional rights.

EFF fights for online freedom through netroots activism campaigns, building technologies to safeguard online rights, and fighting bad laws in the courtroom. Will you consider a donation so we can continue our work of fighting for the users?

We'd love it if you also left a celebratory note on your social networks:

The Internet spoke and Congress finally listened! https://eff.org/r.Q6m #SOPA #PIPA via @eff


Beating the blacklist bills is just one part of our larger strategy of defending privacy, free speech and innovation. We're going to be launching a campaign to fix the broken copyright system. And we're going to need your help to do it. So please stay tuned.

Defending your digital rights,

Rainey Reitman, Activism Director, and the rest of the EFF anti-blacklist crew


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Re: Stop SOPA Censorship
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2012, 09:38 PM »
FBI Shuts Down File Sharing Site: 7 Charged With Piracy

WASHINGTON -- The FBI on Thursday shut down popular file-sharing website Megaupload.com and charged the site's founders and five others with running "an international organized criminal enterprise" responsible for "massive online piracy."

Megaupload Limited and sister company Vestor Limited generated "more than $175 million in criminal proceeds" and caused "more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners" through the piracy of "numerous types of copyrighted works," the US Justice Department and FBI said in a joint statement.

Seven people have been charged with online piracy crimes in an indictment, dated Jan. 5 and unsealed in northern Virginia. Four of those suspects are already in custody, authorities said.

Among those charged are site founders Kim Dotcom and Kim Tim Jim Vestor and Chief Marketing Officer Finn Batato.

Megaupload CEO Swizz Beatz, a rapper and producer and husband to pop star Alicia Keys, was not listed among those charged.

Dotcom, Batato and two others were arrested Thursday in Auckland, New Zealand, by New Zealand authorities carrying out warrants on behalf of the US. Three suspects remain at large, the Justice Department said.

Megaupload.com is a content hosting site that allows users to upload content for others to then download.

But according to the indictment, "for more than five years the conspiracy has operated websites that unlawfully reproduce and distribute infringing copies of copyrighted works, including movies - often before their theatrical release - music, television programs, electronic books, and business and entertainment software on a massive scale."

As of Thursday afternoon, Megaupload.com had been shutdown.

The indictment charges the suspects with racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.

If convicted, each individual faces up to 55 years in prison, the Justice Department said.

Investigators said there was no connection between arrests in their two-year investigation and the political firestorm that erupted this week over a pending vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The charges came a day after Washington lawmakers were inundated with complaints about legislation designed to crack down on the online sharing of pirated copies of music, movies and other material.


Hackers Retaliate

Hackers have targeted the US government and copyright organisations following the shutdown of the Megaupload file-sharing website.

The Department of Justice (DoJ), FBI and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) among others have been bombarded with internet traffic.

Web links have been distributed which, when clicked, make the user's computer part of the attack.

A statement attributed to Anonymous claimed responsibility...

Read Full Story Here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16646023
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