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Wed Dec 14, 2011, 07:03 PM

 

Tech Elites: U.S. Online Piracy Bill Mirrors Chinese, Iranian Policies

An assembly of U.S. Internet elites, captains of the most successful online businesses, published an open letter to Congress on Wednesday urging lawmakers to think long and hard before adopting bills that would force wide-reaching changes to the structure of the Web.

The letter, which will run as an advertisement in the pages of America’s most influential newspapers, comes just one day before a key House committee vote on a revised version of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Most critics say the bill would create an Internet “blacklist” that forces ISPs, search engines, financial firms and advertisers to de-list websites accused of copyright infringement, all without any actual court hearing or oversight — which is bad enough, but the letter’s authors took their criticism to another level entirely.

In their attack on SOPA and the Senate version of the bill, known as the PROTECT IP Act, the tech leaders claimed the proposals would put U.S. tech policy on par with “China, Malaysia and Iran.”

“We urge Congress to think hard before changing the regulation that underpins the Internet,” they wrote. “Let’s not deny the next generation of entrepreneurs and founders the same opportunities that we all had.”

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 07:08 PM

1. Kicking and reccing for more attention.

I keep seeing those annoying commercials to "stop online piracy." Making some unsubstantiated statements as job losses and fearmongering that the nation will collapse if we don't.

These bills need to be stopped dead in their tracks.

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Wed Dec 14, 2011, 07:21 PM

2. Stop SOPA.

SOPA /PROTECT IP is going to end the internet as we know it.

So much of what people do online is just re-post stuff that they saw and they though was cool.

That's what we do webforums to show each other stuff that we think is important.

Hopefully the internet companies like Facebook, myface, google/youtube, etc will start throwing some serious Cash Money at Congress to block these laws. That would be our only real hope to stop SOPA at this point. We could try writing a letter to our representative, but I think $millions in Cash Money Donations would have more effect at this point.




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Wed Dec 14, 2011, 08:07 PM

3. "U.S. Online Piracy Bill Mirrors Chinese, Iranian Policies"

 

Won't that make "our" policy makers so freeking proud!

Fascism, soon coming to a country near you....

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