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. view all titles (7)

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  • Popular: SOPA as .
  • Popular: Stop Online Piracy Act as introduced.
  • Short: Stop Online Piracy Act as introduced.
  • Official: To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act as introduced.
  • Popular: E-PARASITE Act as introduced.
  • Popular: SOPA.

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Kickerman28 11/16/2011 3:00pm

As an artist, I think the Internet has already gone way too far in trampling on the rights of artists and copyright-holders. There’s an entitlement mentality that thinks entertainment should be free, not realizing the enormous investment of time, effort, skills and resources that’s required to produce many of the works they enjoy. When it costs millions of dollars to produce a movie, and entire lifetimes of effort to generate the skill necessary to make it, people have the effrontery to think that it should be distributed to anyone and everyone online at absolutely no cost or recompense. It’s sad and abhorrent how people grossly undervalue creative works these days, and even sadder how little people realize they’re fatally damaging an artist’s capacity to make a living through their works. I can say with little hesitation that I support increased regulation on an Internet that fights against an artist’s or company’s ability to control their own copyright as they deem fit.

AWPhilly 11/17/2011 2:18pm

Copyrights are important, but the mechanisms in this bill, the potential for abuse by right’s holders, and the self-censorship and prior-censorship that would occur will destroy the internet as we know it. It will become less social, less inter-connected, less stable. This bill truly scares me.

patrickrhodesmartin 11/17/2011 5:48pm

I will seriously consider suing the government if this passes.

Irisiridescent 12/15/2011 2:50pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Dec 13, 2011 4:23pm

I’ve been reading your posts and I am sorry that you feel you have had your work stolen but this is NOT the way to go about it.

The way this is worded, any sight that the government decides they don’t like or any corporation doesn’t like can be shut down for little or no reason.

Consider this, someone goes over to your house and places a stolen item in your house. The said item is stolen, and they call the police and say that you have the stolen item. Without reading your rights, or even hearing your story, they arrest you and convinct you on the spot and put you in jail for stealing. You don’t get a court date, you don’t get an attorney, you just get thrown in jail.

That’s what this bill is doing, among many other things.

Also, regulating internet wire communications is an infringment on a right. I don’t want the FCC peeking into what I’m doing online. I’m not doing anything wrong, but you wouldn’t want anyone going through your drawers in your house, would you?

uzumakiclan43 11/22/2011 7:30am

Several points- First off, instead of fining people who have illegally uploaded songs or movies without the parent company’s permission, use sites like YouTube for free advertising. Every time that a media source comes across as being part of a third party’s property, it will send a link to a site where you can buy the song or movie, like iTunes or Amazon. $.99 × 3,000,000+ hits to send a viewer to a place where they can buy your copyrighted work? That doesn’t sound too bad. Funimation uses YouTube to advertise their products, and companies like Warner Brothers charge $5 for viewing a movie like “The Hangover” on YouTube. All that free revenue would be gone if SOPA is passed.

Also, being able to blacklist a foreign sight on suspicions that it might infringe on copyright laws? Isn’t that discrimination, and isn’t discrimination against U.S. policy and law?

Finally, instead of attacking sites under suspicion of copyright infringements, attack the bitTorrents and P2P’s.

JungleGirl 11/25/2011 3:01pm
in reply to Hinojosa Nov 17, 2011 1:51am

“Hacking” may not be an issue…But, if the government itself is corrupt—this essentially provides them the opportunity to do as they will regardless of public opinion.

Kaljinyu 11/22/2011 4:24pm

How is SOPA different from DMCA in terms of what counts as copyright infringement? People are mostly crying foul about what shouldn’t be illegal, but SOPA doesn’t really make anything that was legal automatically illegal.

The only thing I think it really affects is safe harbor for websites and ISPs. The shutting down of websites and junk. But I’ve been reading DMCA and SOPA, and at least as far as individual websites, I think the same restrictions and protections still apply.

SOPA grants immunity to sites who combat copyright infringement and piracy, right? And ONLY those sites. DMCA is the same. It provides immunity to sites who

“adopt and reasonably implement a policy for the termination in appropriate circumstances of the accounts of subscribers of the provider service who are repeat online infringers of copyright.”

Just like SOPA. Both acts say “If you help us combat piracy, we’ll leave you alone. Otherwise, we’ll shut you down.” I don’t think anything really changes.

WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 8:03pm

People should consider that this is one of the types of things they want to be able to censor on the web…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmJmmnMkuEM&feature=player_embedded

If the web is allowed to be censored in the name of fighting copyright infringement we will likely see the same thing as we got with the patriot act in the name of fighting terrorism:

ACLU Sues Government to Find Out Secret Interpretation of Patriot Act

http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/aclu-sues-government-find-out-secret-interpretation-patriot-act

NYTimes Sues The Federal Government For Refusing To Reveal Its Secret Interpretation Of The PATRIOT Act

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111010/04043716279/nytimes-sues-federal-government-refusing-to-reveal-its-secret-interpretation-patriot-act.shtml

Their game is all about controlling us, and the web is the one place they don’t have that much of if it…yet…

ATTENTIVECITIZEN 11/17/2011 8:28pm

lets make this simple.
1. it abridges freedoms including exspression and speech
2.its a pointles sbill that benifits the country and its real issues in no way shape or form
3. WHY THE HECK ARE THEY WASTING THEIR TIME ON DISTRACTIONS STILL?

RadioActive 11/17/2011 2:49am

Its amazing how money can influence anything, even if its so very and utterly wrong.
If this passes, I’m crossing state lines and going to Canada. No way will I be put in jail just for karaoke-ing a song on Youtube. This is such a joke.

walker7 12/01/2011 10:26pm

The following sites talk about a reasonable alternative to SOPA and PIPA:

http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2011/12/technology-a-bipartisan-alternative-to-the-stop-online-piracy-act.html
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111201/12165616945/alternative-to-pipasopa-proposed-points-out-that-this-is-international-trade-issue.shtml
http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/196717-lawmakers-circulating-alternate-online-piracy-bill

We are getting there. I really hope that both the too-dangerous SOPA and PIPA will be eliminated in favor of this new alternative.

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CurtisNeeley 11/25/2011 3:32pm
in reply to JungleGirl Nov 25, 2011 3:04pm

No ma’am. The Internet WILL be regulated after the Eighth Circuit Court orders the FCC to regulate “Internet wire communications” just like TV and radio are regulated now by law. It will not eliminate pornography but will no longer allow pornography to be accessed by anonymous persons. POOF!

walker7 11/26/2011 3:26pm

Everyone who opposes SOPA, PIPA, and bill S.978, please join the massive call-in this coming Tuesday, November 29.

https://donate.mozilla.org/page/s/commit-to-call-pipa?source=tw-share

Please tell them we really don’t want our Internet censored, and the general public wants PIPA, SOPA, and S.978 destroyed ASAP.

There are several reasons that SOPA, PIPA, and S.978 should not get passed:

1) It should not be a felony to upload anyone singing a pop song on YouTube.
2) MANY innocent people could be going to jail.
3) A lot of popular websites could get taken down. (e.g. YouTube, Google, Facebook, Flickr, etc.)
4) We need our Internet freedom! After all, this IS America, not China.
5) The bills are TOO broad and too vague.
6) People deem them “the worst piece(s) of IP legislation.”

Other websites you should try:

http://stopcensorship.org/
http://americancensorship.org/
http://fightforthefuture.org/
http://www.avaaz.org/po/save_the_internet/?wYGLYbb

CurtisNeeley 11/04/2011 1:43pm

This bill sounds regulatory but is another lawyer game and only protects those who purchase “copyrites” as required in §411

What a NOT funny f’ing joke.

Copyrite is a backwards American law that I have called unconstitutional in United States Courts for over three years. The appeal is pending to be dismissed in order to allow search engines to continue to traffic in my nude art to anonymous people who could be minors. I also demand the FCC to regulate wire communications as required by law since 1934.

Appellant Brief PDF

walker7 12/08/2011 11:57pm

Everyone, there are less than 24 hours to go in the Avaaz petition to block SOPA. As of now, there are 988,610 signatures. Senator Ron Wyden said he will filibuster or block any vote on the bill by reading out the petition names until the clock runs out!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet/?cl=1446234886&v=11522

And here’s the new alternative bill, called OPEN:

http://keepthewebopen.com/

SuperShaniaX 11/18/2011 11:07pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Nov 18, 2011 7:37am

Part of me wants to say troll. But if you really think like that, what the hell is wrong with you? How can you SUPPORT this? It’s not about “porn” or “nude pictures”. It’s about our RIGHTS. There is MUCH more about the internet than porn.

walker7 01/16/2012 1:48pm

Congress ready to drop SOPA vote after White House says it would not support legislation that threatens openness of Internet:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/16/sopa-shelved-obama-piracy-legislation?CMP=twt_gu

Eric Cantor (R-VA) in House will probably kill SOPA (OMG!!!!!):

http://www.examiner.com/computers-in-denver/house-kills-sopa

This looks great! Now, don’t forget about killing PIPA this week!

WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 8:13pm

Look at the big picture.

YouTube has copyright infringements: Pull the plug on it…

Facebook, Twitter, etc, etc: Pull the plug…

And about all that is left for people to get information from is the main stream media, that is owned by???

pmoore 11/19/2011 2:57pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Nov 18, 2011 7:37am

I would just like you to know that you are very ill in the head. Furthermore, you have no idea what you’re talking about. Censorship affects EVERYBODY, not just this weird demographic of porn-addicted activists that you seem to have made up in your spare time. This is especially true when the bill serving as the basis for this censorship is so broadly worded. Imagine clicking on a youtube link thinking it’s legitimate and then BAM! felony charge. That’s very possible given the wording SOPA is currently using. Personally, I don’t give a flying fig newton about your porn collection, but I would like to feel safe browsing the internet without having to mull over for three days as t whether reading somebody else’s facebook post will put me in jail.

WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 8:35pm

Be sure to read this too all you viewers here.

Join the Public Mark-up of SOPA

http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2431-Join-the-Public-Mark-up-of-SOPA

kls8216 01/11/2012 1:33am

Please don’t pass this bill! It violates our freedoms and privacy on the internet!

Geowil 01/11/2012 2:52am
in reply to kls8216 Jan 11, 2012 1:33am

It does a hell of a lot more then that. At least half of the sights that American’s use daily would be instantly taken down: YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, MySpace, Twitter, and any kind of fan site or non-corporation affiliated website that you might visit that talks about something they do not own the rights to. Blogs could also be taken down for just mentioning a product, or showing one, that they do not have permission to.

Complete corporate control of the Internet at it’s finest. I bet the fat cats pushing for this bill are jizzing themselves every hour just thinking about it.

cadaverousmob 12/19/2011 11:23pm

DHS and the RIAA have been caught red-handed for illegally downloading music themselves: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-57345342-245/bittorrent-downloads-linked-to-riaa-dhs-ip-addresses/

So it’s okay for them to download illegal stuff but we’re not allowed to? They are always a bunch of freaking hypocrites. Spread the news that the RIAA and DHS says it’s okay for them to download illegal stuff but it’s not okay for us! That should kill this bill real fast!

KingGeedorah 10/28/2011 7:08am

This was a featured story on the front page. What happened?

stephenmac7 01/08/2012 1:27pm
in reply to CentristFiasco Dec 20, 2011 9:36am

If you read the text you’ll know what’s true and what’s not. You’re the one telling lies now.

walker7 12/22/2011 5:44pm

You can donate some money to FreePress.net using the form at this link:

https://freepress.actionkit.com/donate/year_end/?akid=3156.9932533.YC2Gcg&rd=1&t=3

Please try to donate if you can. This is another step toward getting rid of SOPA, PIPA, and S.978.

underlordgc 11/17/2011 4:23pm
in reply to starwood Oct 28, 2011 9:24am
“I don’t understand what the fuss is about being able to download songs for personal use you can get cd’s at the library for free are they going to go after them too?”

according to this bill, if the holder of the copyright wants it removed then yes, it will be removed.

walker7 12/19/2011 10:06pm

Look at the comparison chart on this page and you’ll see why it is obvious that SOPA and PIPA should not have a chance at become law:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2397826,00.asp

ZeltraxMillenium 11/17/2011 1:00pm

Well, it’s the 17th and sites like YouTube, Twitter, FaceBook, and DeviantArt haven’t gotten blocked yet so, can anyone find out more info about this thing?

I am really AGAINST this bill as it would pretty much CRIPPLE the internet as we know it.


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