I’m censoring this post in protest of two bills that would censor the web. SOPA and the PROTECT IP act would give governments and corporations the power to take down entire websites over infringing posts by users, endangering the internet as we know it. These is no due process, it’s an act of Communism. The potential for abuse of power through digital networks – upon which we as citizens now depend for nearly everything, including our politics – is one of the most insidious threats to democracy in the Internet age. This is no time for politicians and industry lobbyists in Washington to be devising new Internet censorship mechanisms, adding new opportunities for abuse of corporate and government power over online speech. These bills were written by the content industry without any input from the technology industry. And they are trying to fast track them through congress and into law without any negotiation with the technology industry. It contains provisions that will chill innovation. It contains provisions that will tinker with the fundamental fabric of the internet. It gives private corporations the power to censor. And best of all, it bypasses due legal process to do much of it.
I’ve censored the following, in protest of a bill that gives any corporation and the US government the power to censor the internet–a bill that could pass THIS WEEK. To see the uncensored text, and to stop internet censorship, visit: http://americancensorship.org/posts/10285/uncensor After you do, you’ll see my uncensored post on the next page.
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The RED page to the left could come up on your favorite website’s blocking you from all the site’s content thanks to the US Congress. The US Congress is considering America’s first system for censoring the Internet. Despite public outcry, the Internet Censorship bill could pass at anytime. If it does, the Internet and free speech will never be the same. While these bills appear to aim towards controling Piracy, if passed they will drastically impact the internet in ways that will FOREVER change us! If SOPA or Protect IP passes, the government can order internet providers to block any site for its users’ infringing posts, using the same DNS-blocking methods as China or Iran. It would become a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are an ordinary noncommercial user. Singing or posting a song on Facebook could be a felony. Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn’t be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system any longer. Please sign the form below to tell Congress your OPPOSED to this! Here are the 2 bills that are gaining support and are being pushed by extremly high paid lobbist in both the House and Senate:
H.R.3261 – Stop Online Piracy Act
To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.
This bill would establish a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be dedicated to copyright infringment. The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against any site they deem to have “only limited purpose or use other than infringement,” and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. It would also make unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty up to five years in prison. This bill combines two separate Senate bills — S.968 and S.978 — into one big House bill. Click here to read the Offical Summary
S.968 – PROTECT IP Act of 2011
A bill to prevent online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property, and for other purposes.
Establishes a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be “dedicated to infringing activities.” The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against the alleged infringer and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. In some cases, action could be taken to block sites without first allowing the alleged infringer to defend themselves in court. Click here to read the Offical Summary
Please take the time to tell Congress that these are bad pieces of legislation: