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SOPA/PIPA Would Directly Affect...

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SOPA/PIPA Would Directly Affect...

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  • What about... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ZeroZen (136166) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @09:29AM (#38737554)


    What the hell guys? Do we not care about these bills to even change the color scheme?

  • Missing Option: (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MadMoses (151207) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @09:35AM (#38737644) Homepage

    SOPA/PIPA Would Directly Affect... ... the whole internet.

  • by Greyfox (87712) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @10:17AM (#38738190) Homepage Journal
    Seeing as how it would pretty much destroy the Internet as we know it. Copyright owners have already been shown to abuse the DMCA to suppress speech that they don't agree with, taking down fair use works, parodies and even works that they don't even own the copyright to. Under SOPA, any asshole with an axe to grind will be able to take a site off the Internet with no questions asked. In a world where even telling someone where to find something becomes illegal, do you think there will be anything left?
  • by linebackn (131821) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @10:24AM (#38738256)

    As I understand it, even if they drop the DNS blocking provision, it still provides the power to block funding to sites. This can often effectively have the same result.

    A bigger, more subtle problem is that it may create a "chilling" effect towards any site that could even imaginably potentially be hit by SOPA. Why would you risk doing business with someone that could have have their funding sources pulled? I think this is the critical bit for Open Source projects.

  • Re:What about... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by silanea (1241518) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @12:23PM (#38739692)

    [..] oh and the Matrix movies.

    You mean the Matrix movie. Too bad there never were any sequels made.

  • Re:eh (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Pieroxy (222434) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @12:24PM (#38739702) Homepage

    What portion of SOPA/PIPA authorizes the AG to censor sites simply for reporting on civil rights issues?

    That would be the entire thing.

    People didn't understand what the big deal was with the DMCA. Now the *AA are taking down youtube videos of kids around their swimming pools, just because they're humming three notes of the latest Lady Gaga.

    These kind of laws should have a due process and should go through the judiciary system. But now, those people are above that. Proof: They are buying laws that allow them to punish people / websites without the justice being even notified.

  • Re:What about... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by pclminion (145572) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @12:25PM (#38739712)
    Taking down Slashdot to protest SOPA would be a bit of pointless preaching to the choir, don't you think? That said, if it went down it's not like I'd have a heart attack.
  • Re:What about... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Wyatt Earp (1029) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @12:55PM (#38740058)

    As soon as the Matrix nerds stop going on about Jar Jar, I'll forget about the sequels.

    Computer Vampires!

  • by Baloroth (2370816) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @01:47PM (#38740616)
    Actually, no. SOPA allows rights-holders to directly request ad networks and payment facilitators to suspend services to a website until and unless they file a counter notification. They can also request takedowns from search engines, or for that matter request the search engine itself be taken down (since it assists in infringement). Certain parts require court orders, but not all of them. PIPA was actually written to require court orders for rights-holders, but not SOPA. Source: Wikipedia [] (that page should be working. If it isn't just shut off Javascript for Wikipedia, you don't really need it there anyways).
  • by Kethinov (636034) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @02:01PM (#38740758) Homepage Journal

    Google posted some rhetoric that says: "End Piracy, Not Liberty" []

    A lot of SOPA critics make similar arguments, but I don't buy it.

    How do you stop piracy without Orwellian bullshit like internet censorship, deep packet inspection, etc? The only way to completely eradicate piracy is to install a surveillance state as terrifying as 1984's.

    So, given that, how exactly do we end piracy without ending liberty?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @02:15PM (#38740860)

    Remove the reasons that people pirate. The easier it is to obtain a legal version of something, the fewer people will pirate it. The more convenient it is to make use of a legal version of something, the fewer people will pirate it.

  • Re:yes and no... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by abroadwin (1273704) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @02:33PM (#38741010)
    Will the internet die? No. Will the internet as you know it die? Possibly. It's kind of like saying that censoring speech won't kill spoken communication. You're right about that... but it changes it significantly for the worse and gives those in power the ability to arbitrarily decide what can and can't be online. Similarly, it's like saying "oh, the Great Firewall in China isn't going to kill the internet! It will be FINE!". The end of the internet? No. A good thing? Definitely not.
  • Re:yes and no... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gestalt_n_pepper (991155) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @03:16PM (#38741330)

    No, the internet won't die. It will become a corporate/government-controllled walled garden. Think Compuserve with a bit more content, if you can pay for it, that is. The government/corporations that own the media companies, can't, for the moment, control the messages read on the internet. Truth still lives there, on blog sites like,, and the like. This legislation would change that, and make all websites about as informative and useful as fox's local evening TV news, or Yahoo's front page.

  • Re:eh (Score:4, Insightful)

    by hatemonger (1671340) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @04:08PM (#38741740)
    The problem isn't that the day after the bill gets passed, we'll experience a media blackout. These things happen in steps. Thailand [] started censoring porn, but once the system and precedent was established they went on to censoring political content. Many, many [] other countries followed similar paths, starting by censoring some things and then getting worse and worse. (disable javascript to view Wikipedia)

    Also, "facilitating the commission" of copyright infringement (which SOPA and PIPA includes in their infringing site definition) is so broad that the many non-tech-savvy judges will be able to be influenced through heavy lobbying by MPAA and the like.

    Lastly, H.R. 3261, Title I, 103.d [] (in SOPA) does allow plaintiffs to issue court orders to service providers from what I understand.
  • Re:Missing Option: (Score:4, Insightful)

    by UncleTogie (1004853) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @05:49PM (#38742458) Homepage Journal

    Someone has to organise the Internet though.

    Yes, and politicians are the LAST group that should be trusted with said organization.

  • Re:What about... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Wyatt Earp (1029) on Wednesday January 18, 2012 @06:11PM (#38742638)

    Exactly my point.

    Many fans of the Matrix will paint the Star Wars prequels as "crap", but shrug off the terrible Matrix sequels with comments like "too bad there weren't any sequels".

    Criticizing Star Wars for "bad acting and bad dialog" while being an avowed fan of the stilted dialog and wooden acting of the Matrix is bold.

    Christen Hayden could take a class on wooden acting from Keanu Reeves.

  • Re:What about... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by pspahn (1175617) on Thursday January 19, 2012 @12:58AM (#38745600)
    You seriously just described Rush as 'rockers'?
  • Re:Missing Option: (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Chrisq (894406) on Thursday January 19, 2012 @03:30AM (#38746076)

    SOPA/PIPA Would Directly Affect... ... the whole internet.

    No - darknets and peer to peer would be unaffected. Ironically these are mostly used by blatant copyright infringers, the one the bill is designed to stop

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a multipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer, as amended by Jeff Daiell, a Libertarian


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