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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WasMiddleClass 01/24/2012 11:38pm

What I saw happen with SOPA and PIPA gave me new hope that We The People can fight back against huge money. People online shutdown those bills that had big bipartisan support, and huge corporate and money support.

What started with just a few sites and a few people turned into a movement that became over 7000 sites and countless people that convinced former supporters of the bills to drop their support or pay the consequences…

It became a movement that stopped Congress, and all those paying them millions to pass the bills, dead in their tracks.

I think we will be seeing more of that in the near future.

WasMiddleClass 01/24/2012 11:19pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 24, 2012 11:18pm

Sorry for the double post :(

WasMiddleClass 01/24/2012 11:18pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 24, 2012 11:08pm

If this sounds like bribery to you, you’re not alone. Sign this official White House petition to investigate this act of blatant bribery.

But even if SOPA and PIPA are really dead (which they definitely are not), while we focused all of our attention on them, at least two other bills are being pushed that are as bad if not worse. ACTA (which is actually a treaty, not a bill), and PCIP.

ACTA

ACTA stands for “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (wikipedia article).
I’ll let this video explain what ACTA does. (see link)

The worst part is, for years the text of the treaty has been kept secret. According to the wiki article:

“Both the Bush administration and the Obama administration had rejected requests to make the text of ACTA public, with the White House saying that disclosure would cause ‘damage to the national security.’”

Despicable.

WasMiddleClass 01/24/2012 11:08pm

So yes, we should take a moment to pat ourselves on the back for what we were able to spontaneously do to “stop” SOPA/PIPA. But don’t think that the fight is over. The fight will never be over. SOPA/PIPA have just been stalled temporarily. And even if they never come back, there are already bills that are just as bad, or worse, right around the corner. ACTA has been around since the Bush years. PCIP has been around since May and hardly anyone has known or cared (including myself). We can’t let this momentum die. Luckily we didn’t need to wait very long for the next bad bill to go through to rile us up again. Let’s just hope we weren’t too late like we were with the Indefinite Detention Bill (NDAA).

http://donttreadonmike.com/2012/01/21/sopa-is-dead-long-live-sopa/

WasMiddleClass 01/24/2012 11:08pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 24, 2012 11:07pm

PCIP

For more info on PCIP, check open its page on OpenCongress

PCIP stands for “The Protect Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011.” It was introduced by, surprise surprise, Lamar Smith, the same scumbag who introduced SOPA. Why is he so persistent you ask? Well, according to OpenCongress.org, the largest portion of Lamar Smith’s campaign contributions come from the TV/Movies/Music industry. He’s not really passionate about this issue he’s just been bribed. Sorry, people of Texas district 21, but your Congressman has been bought and no longer represents you…

WasMiddleClass 01/24/2012 11:07pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 24, 2012 11:06pm

If this sounds like bribery to you, you’re not alone. Sign this official White House petition to investigate this act of blatant bribery.

But even if SOPA and PIPA are really dead (which they definitely are not), while we focused all of our attention on them, at least two other bills are being pushed that are as bad if not worse. ACTA (which is actually a treaty, not a bill), and PCIP.

ACTA

ACTA stands for “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (wikipedia article).
I’ll let this video explain what ACTA does. (see link)

The worst part is, for years the text of the treaty has been kept secret. According to the wiki article:

“Both the Bush administration and the Obama administration had rejected requests to make the text of ACTA public, with the White House saying that disclosure would cause ‘damage to the national security.’”
Despicable.

WasMiddleClass 01/24/2012 11:06pm

SOPA is dead. Long live SOPA!

So it looks like SOPA and PIPA have both been shelved, for now. Bloggers and forum-goers around the internet are celebrating victory. While the anti-SOPA movement these past few months has been historic and unprecedented, the time to claim victory has not yet come and likely never will. Bad bills like SOPA/PIPA have a way of coming back from the grave. Often times, they are grafted on to other unrelated bills and pushed through with minimal attention. Even if SOPA and PIPA don’t come back, the scumbags who wrote them are still in office (this REALLY needs to change come November) and they areguaranteed to write similar bills in the future. Big Entertainment lobbyists paid a lot of money to buy politicians, and they aren’t happy that they haven’t gotten what they paid for. In fact, the MPAA is overtly threatening to stop giving money to politicians who went against their wishes.

walker7 01/24/2012 5:24pm

Here’s another petition to sign, which will give back the MPAA’s dirty money:

http://act2.freepress.net/sign/sopapipa_mpaa/?akid=3226.9932533.FeHiRA&rd=1&t=3

And here is a petition to stop ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement):

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/end-acta-and-protect-our-right-privacy-internet/MwfSVNBK

nullcure 01/22/2012 2:23pm
in reply to kdizzle Jan 20, 2012 1:28pm

kdizzle. you can record the internet for instance..

www.waaf.com

Listen now.

Open sound recorder.

Set recording device to “What You Hear”

Hit record.

save mp3

CurtisNeeley 01/21/2012 1:08am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 20, 2012 9:18pm

Reno v ACLU was written by Honorable John Paul Stephens. At the time of his retirement, he was the oldest member of the Court and the third-longest serving justice in the Court’s history.. He was twenty-five when the first nuclear bomb was dropped. I am sure the Internet was a mysterious “unique and wholly new medium” for him. He and four of the other confused old men/women grew up with no internet and agreed with him and felt the internet was mysterious but have now retired also. The court today still grew up with no internet but internet wire communications are not so new now.
http://open.salon.com.blog….letter <<< See why its almost over.

WasMiddleClass 01/20/2012 9:39pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 20, 2012 9:37pm

People in Congress read here…

WasMiddleClass 01/20/2012 9:37pm

All you new people are free to post your thoughts here too…

WasMiddleClass 01/20/2012 9:18pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 20, 2012 9:18pm

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 has also been the subject of several court challenges. Title V of the Telecommunications Act, the Communications Decency Act of 1996, sought to protect minors from exposure to indecent materials transmitted over the Internet. The Supreme Court, in a highly debated case, struck down most of those provisions on First Amendment grounds in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U.S. 844, 117 S. Ct. 2329, 138 L. Ed. 2d 874 (1997). The Telecommunications Act also included so-called “signal bleed” provisions, requiring cable operators either to scramble channels containing sexually explicit materials or to limit programming on these channels to certain hours. The Supreme Court likewise struck down these requirements as impermissible content-based restrictions in violation of the First Amendment in United States v. Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc., 529 U.S. 803, 120 S. Ct. 1878, 146 L. Ed. 2d 865 (2000).

WasMiddleClass 01/20/2012 9:18pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Jan 20, 2012 6:38pm

They already ruled on that!

WasMiddleClass 01/20/2012 8:57pm
in reply to Artrimil Jan 20, 2012 3:09pm

Expected? More like wondering what took so long ;)

WasMiddleClass 01/20/2012 8:56pm

And to all the new viewers here, please be sure to read the latest blog posts over there on the right side of the page.

SOPA/PIPA Dead …For Now.

http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2464-SOPA-PIPA-Dead-For-Now-

WasMiddleClass 01/20/2012 8:32pm

Good job everyone!!!

I wish I could give a medal of honor to all those that helped win this battle!

That goes to show what We The People can do when we come together on a common cause.

The war is far from over though…

Now…if we can just take our country back from big money control…

WasMiddleClass 01/20/2012 8:30pm

SOPA and PIPA postponed indefinitely after protests

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — When the entire Internet gets angry, Congress takes notice. Both the House and the Senate on Friday backed away from a pair of controversial anti-piracy bills, tossing them into limbo and throwing doubt on their future viability.

The Senate had been scheduled to hold a proceedural vote next week on whether to take up the Protect IP Act (PIPA) — a bill that once had widespread, bipartisan support. But on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was postponing the vote “in light of recent events.”
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives said it is putting on hold its version of the bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The House will “postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said in a written statement.

http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/20/technology/SOPA_PIPA_postponed/

WasMiddleClass 01/20/2012 8:30pm
in reply to MrModerate Jan 19, 2012 9:53am

A Comprehensive Look at Those For and Against SOPA

The battle lines have been drawn

http://www.webpronews.com/a-comprehensive-look-at-those-for-and-against-sopa-2011-12

CurtisNeeley 01/20/2012 6:38pm

http://open.salon.com/blog/curtisneeley/2012/01/20/11-2558_curtis_neeley_jr_v_namemedia_inc_et_al_letter

et al” is currently Google Inc and they will lose this case very soon and PIPI and SOPA will both be very irrelevant. United States’ Copy[rite] Act will be found unconstitutional as could not be more obvious to the common photographer or citizen. Copy[rite] has been unconstitutional since the HOAX was signed by George Washington in 1790.

Wire communication regulation is one of the reasons the FCC exists and regulating analog broadcast transmissions is a tiny portion of their statutory authority.

Cable subscription television and internet wire communication regulations are now demanded begun!

It is trivial to regulate display of adult material to adults and will be required within months. I hope a Supreme Court petition is not required but am ready to file if so.

OperationBoobiesForFreedom 01/20/2012 3:52pm

My name is Jennifer, and I think that SOPA is a terrible idea, puts the very fabric of our free speech in jeopardy, and we should do everything we feel we can to fight it.

Thanks in advance for your help, I hope that if enough of us stick together and make enough noise, we can beat this thing!

Jennifer Sulkin

OPERATION BOOBIES FOR FREEDOM

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YouTube video
http://youtu.be/quTTiry6IJE

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Operation-Boobies-For-Freedom-BFF/349045891774627
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http://blacklist.eff.org/
THESE cats have their crap together. Go here, they’ll make it really easy for you to be loud at the people that make decisions.

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all questions and comments can be directed to:

operationboobiesforfreedom@gmail.com

Please at least repost it, we could really use your help! Thanks, see ya there!

Artrimil 01/20/2012 3:09pm

I hope that Congress realizes that the MPAA and all of their affiliates got started because they committed copyright infringement. Video recording was patented by Edison then after that they basically said “Screw you we want to make movies without having to pay you for your world-changing technology!”. If they are going to support something like SOPA and PIPA, they should at least get their facts straight and not be complete hypocrites. Oh wait, everyone in Congress, the White House staff, the Supreme Court, and the Federal Reserve(which isn’t even affiliated with the government, they are a privately owned sector that the government loves because they can get money from them for free) are all hypocrites already. Don’t worry about the election, it won’t change anything. If you want to do something about the corruption that’s trying to control us, then take action. Don’t vote, protest(peacefully). Don’t take their crap any more.

PS: You should have expected us.

kdizzle 01/20/2012 1:28pm
in reply to starwood Oct 28, 2011 9:24am

You make some excellent points in your argument, but there are some logical holes.

1. The government can (and is) already tracking our every move. Not to mention Facebook, Google, our mobile phone providers, internet service providers, hackers, and others.
2. CDs at the library. Good point.
3. Radio Recording. Good point, but do people still do that? What do they use to record the music?

The question is do we believe in protecting intellectual property, and how do we do it? I am pretty sure that if you had an invention or idea, and someone else used that idea to make money off of it you would sue them. In our modern day it is very difficult to protect intellectual property because our technological advances coupled with our access to the technology (ie. computers). If people use/steal your idea and share it with others you will not be compensated. Potentially millions of people could benefit from your idea, and you wouldn’t receive a penny from it. Now THAT is wrong and unfair.

walker7 01/19/2012 8:11pm

IMPORTANT: Here is a petition that you should definitely sign.

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/megaupload_seizure/?akid=1155.585444.PHZzk0&rd=1&t=2

In case you don’t know already, Megaupload was seized shortly after yesterday’s PIPA protest. This is just a preview of what could happen if PIPA or SOPA were to pass. Please do not let this happen again. I hope that a lot of people sign this petition.

nabcor 01/19/2012 7:12pm
in reply to walker7 Nov 06, 2011 2:54am

Amen brother!

talonsniper 01/19/2012 3:27pm

Let’s see here…
A bill that would make it so that ANY sort of piracy could shut down an entire site…
A way for the US government to track EVERYTHING on ANY website…
A violation of our privacy, which DOES include what we do on the Internet…
So, basically, the US government wants to become China, a Communist state that regulates everything that every citizen does. They also censor their Internet so that people can’t say anything bad about their government. Also, the censorship doesn’t fully work. There are ways around it, and this makes complete censorship almost impossible.

MrModerate 01/19/2012 9:53am

err in the list of “Specific Organizations Supporting H.R.3261” the last one is “Open Congress”, am I missing something?

WasMiddleClass 01/18/2012 11:05pm

To all those out there fighting these bills:

As I watched CBS national news on my TV tonight report the blackout all I could think was WTF when Scott Pelley reported that CBS supports these bills!

What the hell happened to fair and impartial news!? That is not impartial reporting!!!

I will NEVER watch CBS news again!

WasMiddleClass 01/18/2012 9:43pm

PIPA Protest Roundup and Whip Count Summary

OpenCongress is back online – as of a bit after 8pm ET, our anti-PIPAstrike action has come to a close. Thank you everyone for helping to spread the word and understanding why we joined a huge, huge, sprawling, informed, diverse, public-spirited, energetic, entrepreneurial, reality-based, passionate, design-richcoalition to protest PIPA & SOPA, the worst Internet bills in history and together the most-opposed legislation by the OC user community in the past year.

First, a piece of big site news (which unfortunately still pales in light of the fact that the #PIPA & #SOPA net censorship bills are still very alive & terribly dangerous)  Today’s #PIPAprotest has already blown away our record for most web traffic in a day. That’s tops since we launched way back in 2007,…

http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2463-PIPA-Protest-Roundup-and-Whip-Count-Summary

WasMiddleClass 01/18/2012 9:38pm

Over 80,000 views on SOPA and 56,000 on PIPA so far here today! Damn!


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