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Friday, December 23, 2011

What is the Controversy Over Protect IP and SOPA Legislation? Do You Prefer Freedom or Government Intrusion?



Chris Pirillo, technology expert for real people, leads a discussion with Brian Rowe and Marcus Barnes-Cannon on the controversial legislation in Congress for Protect IP and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).

Don't let the names of the bills fool you.  They would have drastic and dramatic negative effects on the freedom of the internet, giving old media companies and government massive power and control over what you can see, read, watch and share.

Chris explains:

The Protect IP Act is a set of legislation that would dramatically change the way the government and copyright holders handle potentially infringing sites. If the DoJ or the copyright holder deems a site in violation, they would have the authority to go directly to various search engines, domain registrars, and social networking sites to have the site pretty much blocked from anyone being able to access it. This, of course, prior to any trial or due process that one might imagine needing to come before such a drastic action takes place.


You can read the legislation for yourself here:

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a counter legislation currently being proposed in the House which takes a different (yet equally drastic) approach to combating piracy. By granting the copyright holders the ability to cut off the funding of these sites by directly contacting their advertisers and financial institutions, the RIAA or MPAA would essentially have the power to put you out of business if they deem your site in violation of copyright.

You can read the Stop Online Piracy Act yourself here:

With either legislative proposal, the media conglomerates, RIAA, and MPAA would essentially have the power to shut businesses down without due process. Imagine having the fate of your site determined by the same legal bodies that have prosecuted children and put their families out of house and home because they installed a program like Kazaa on their parent's system without knowing the implications. If this is the type of drastic legal action they would take to a kid, imagine how quickly this same body would respond to a site that may be equally infringing, whether they know it or not.



OpenlineBlog joins companies across the technology landscape such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and many others to strongly oppose any legislative attempt to micromanage the internet.

Congress will consider the legislation in January 2012 and will have a choice to make America more like China or the Soviet Union...or stand for freedom.

We urge President Obama to VETO any legislation, if Congress makes the tragic mistake of passing it (note: ironically, if SOPA were law today, the White House's own website and Barack Obama's campaign website would be in violation and blocked from the American people).






9 comments:

Anonymous said...

old media can't compete with new media and technology, so they are trying to change the rules of the game and kill the internet.

Anonymous said...

And new media wants to be able to steal the work of the artists and display it and make money off it w/o sharing any of their profits w/ the artists. Heaven forbid they actually have the creativity to produce things for themselves. Copying and pasting links, videos, songs,etc. isn't creativity. It's thievery.

Anonymous said...

These certainly sound like they'd be bad for Openlineblog. Maybe if they pass, you'll have to be accountable for your actions?

Anonymous said...

More galloping socialism brought to you by who else but the Commie-Democrats. I'll bet the EVIL UNIONS will be exempt.

Anonymous said...

India just instituted their form of thought control by eliminating their internet freedom, hope y'all like it. Vote only who we tell you for and eliminate the competition. Obama on the march again!

Anonymous said...

Don't count on any petition to OBUMMER stoping this. He is the one promoting it. Its all good for the liberal agenda. Control, control, control.

Anonymous said...

PROGRESSIVE AGENDA. GET WITH IT PEOPLE. THEY START WITH SOMETHING MOST DON'T CARE ABOUT, AND CONVINCE THOSE THAT DO CARE THIS IS SOMEHOW FOR THEIR OWN GOOD, THEN ONCE IN PLACE CONTINUE TO TIGHTEN THE NOOSE.
WHAT'S NEXT? SHUT DOWN SITES FOR "OBJECTIONABLE" MATERIAL.HOW BOUT "ANTI SOCIAL" OR EVEN "ANTI GOVERNMENT" MATERIAL. OR EVEN THOSE SITES WHO HAVE THE AUDACITY TO TELL THE TRUTH PROGRESSIVES DON'T WANT US TO KNOW. HAD THIS BEEN INTRODUCED BY AN ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERED CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE WOULD BE UP IN ARMS OVER THE ISSUE OF CENSORSHIP

Anonymous said...

It is kind of scary when you have a president that says he will now have to work around congress to get things done. This after completely destroying our country. Shades of CHAVEZ, STALIN, PUTIN, HITLER etc etc. He even has his CZARS in place to take over congress's job. Been reluctantly waiting for thisl. Next will be marshal law so buy your guns TODAY.

Anonymous said...

7:06 Chimes in w/ the NRA/gun industry line about guns being seized. Even NRA knows that's not true, it's just a scare they helped the gun industry create to accomplish two thing. 1. Increase gun sales and make money from unfounded fears. 2. Increase their political power. So what flavor was that kool-aid you drank?

As far as working around Congress, the vast majority of the American people want him to. As low as Obama's approval ratings are, Congress's are even lower - significantly!

Funny how certain people are all up in arms when the Chinese steal from American companies and artists by pirating their productions, but think it's okay for Americans to do it. Look at Openline, which has gone to the majority of his posts being cutting and pasting and stealing other people's work and productions. Exploring local issues and railing against our local leaders has taken a backseat to all the videos (none produced by Openline), selling books for Amazon, and now even directly selling merchandise. ("100% of profits to charity" yeah right. I'm going to just take the word of someone wearing a mask who steals from other people? No way).