Stop the US Senate From Passing the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA)!

If you live under a rock or do nothing but play games on your computer then you may have not heard about this. For the rest of us, January 24th is a looming deadline in which the United States Senate will cast their votes on whether or not to sensor the internet; if it passes then we can all feel like we’re living in China and then there will be NO WAY to gain access to vital information.

Supporters of this bill will tell you “Aw we just want to stop child porn from being accessible on the internet.” or “We need to stop online piracy of software, movies and music.” but it’s all a smoke screen folks. It’s nothing more than a way to fulfill  their power hungry need for complete and total control of the American people. Plain and simple, there’s just too much dirt, too many documents and facts about our government out on the net  and this will be their way to regain control of the flow of information.

They already have the main stream media in their pockets so the “news” that you watch is what those stations are ALLOWED to broadcast.They aren’t the real hard hitting truths about what’s going on! Clearly, when you’ve got Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (better known as Mittens) with his dirty little mitts (no pun intended) all over Clear Channel which owns more than 850 radio stations and reaches more than 110 million listeners every week. Oh you can rest assured that most of what you see on television and hear on the radio is censored. For me, as well as many others, there is a huge question of ethics in a scheme such as this; a political leader that OWNS a huge portion of the public media…. That’s food for another post though.

So getting back to PIPA, founders of some of the largest internet based companies actually OPPOSE this bill.On that list….

Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape, Michell Baker, co-founder of Firefox, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square, Caterina Flake, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch, David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo!, Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and co-founder of Alexa Internet, Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, Biz Stone, co-founder of Obvious and Twitter, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation, Evan Williams, co-founder of Blogger and Twitter, and Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!.

In addition, there are 83 Internet professionals, cybersecurity experts, and Internet engineers including Vint Cerf, the creator of TCP/IP, Paul Vixie, the author of BIND, Esther Dyson, the founding Chairman of ICANN, and Robert Taylor, an early ARPAnet innovator which oppose PIPA as well.

These are just a few of the people and businesses which oppose PIPA and for good reason. Let’s take a closer look at what PIPA could achieve if made law.

SOURCE:

Sec. 102 allows the government to impose new obligations on a range of intermediaries to
block access to sites that facilitate criminal copyright or trademark infringement

This section defines new actions that may be brought by the U.S. Attorney General against a “foreign
infringing site” or portion thereof. The court can then issue injunctions against the site to cease and desist
further activity as a foreign infringing site.

Once an order has issued against a site, the A.G. can serve a copy, with court
approval, on any of several intermediaries, who must take action specified in the
bill within 5 days or as ordered:

• ISPs (and other online service providers that operate caching DNS servers) must
take measures designed to “prevent access” to the site (or portion thereof),
including measures designed to prevent DNS resolution of the siteʼs domain
name;

• search engines must take measures designed to prevent the site (or portion
thereof) from being served as links in search results;

• payment networks must take measures designed to prevent, prohibit, or
suspend transactions between the site and US customers;

• ad networks must take measures designed to stop serving ads on the site, stop
serving ads for the site (including sponsored links), and cease all compensation to or from the site.

 

Sec. 103 creates a notice-and-cutoff system that allows private parties to target a website’s financial resources

This section creates a private cut-off system, superficially modeled on the DMCAʼs
notice-and-takedown system, for cutting off sitesʼ financial resources. It requires
that payment and ad networks cease doing business with any site within 5 days of
receiving an allegation by a rightsholder that the site is “dedicated to theft of U.S.
property” – using a definition of “dedicated” that is nothing like the common usage
of the word. If the financial intermediary does not cease doing business with the
site, either based on its own judgment or because it receives a counter-notice from
the site, the rightsholder can initiate a lawsuit against the accused site. If the court
agrees that the site meets the broad definition of “dedicated to theft,” the site can
be enjoined from operating in its current manner and payment and ad networks can
be compelled to stop doing business with the site.

Any site could be deemed “dedicated to theft of U.S. property” if:

• it offers its service “in a manner that . . . enables or facilitates” infringement; or

• its operator takes or has taken “deliberate actions to avoid confirming a high probability” of infringing activity on the site.

It appears to be no defense that the site has extensive lawful uses; that its operator has done nothing to encourage infringing use; or that the site has complied with section 512 of the DMCA.

I would like to encourage you to read the entire document because it’s simply chilling. They’ve got many more technical facts about DNS filtering, cybersecurity threats, new responsibilities for ISP’s etc….

The bottom line is this; if this bill passes it will be akin to having every telephone line in America cut back in 1980. I say 1980 because that was an age before the internet as we know it. That was a time when people picked up the telephone instead of sending an email or joining a social media website to stay in touch with their friends and relatives. Can you imagine what would have happened to this country, it’s infrastructure and even its government if all telephone communications were cut of in 1980; even for just a week?

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!! Contact your states Senators and let them know you oppose the Protect IP Act (PIPA, S. 968). Please visit http://americancensorship.org/, enter your information and their database will help you find who you need to contact in your state.

 

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  1. Hi fai. Tell them to chill then..it don’t be me

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