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 01/07/2012 3:31pm

The Security Threat of Unchecked Presidential Power

This isn’t about the spying, although that’s a major issue in itself. This is about the Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search…
In defending this secret spying on Americans, Bush said that he relied on his constitutional powers (Article 2) and the joint resolution passed by Congress after 9/11 that led to the war in Iraq. This rationale was spelled out in a memo written by John Yoo, a White House attorney, less than two weeks after the attacks of 9/11. It’s a dense read and a terrifying piece of legal contortionism, but it basically says that the president has unlimited powers to fight terrorism. He can spy on anyone, arrest anyone, and kidnap anyone and ship him to another country … merely on the suspicion that he might be a terrorist. And according to the memo, this power lasts until there is no more terrorism in the world.


WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:29pm

The Internet is probably the most important technological advancement of my lifetime. Its strength lies in its open architecture and its ability to allow a framework where all voices can be heard. Like the printing press before it (which states also tried to regulate, for centuries), it democratizes information, and thus it democratizes power. If we allow Congress to pass these draconian laws, we’ll be joining nations like China and Iran in filtering what we allow people to see, do, and say on the Web…

“I worry that it is vague enough, and the intention to prevent tunneling around court-ordered restrictions clear enough, that courts will bend over backwards to find a violation,” says Mark Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School who specializes in intellectual property law.


WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:29pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 07, 2012 3:28pm

(ii)against any entity that knowingly and willfully provides or offers to provide a product or service designed or marketed by such entity or by another in concert with such entity for the circumvention or bypassing of measures described in paragraph (2) [blocking DNS responses, search query results, payments, or ads] and taken in response to a court order issued under this subsection, to enjoin such entity from interfering with the order by continuing to provide or offer to provide such product or service. § 102©(3)(A)(ii)


WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:28pm

Stopping SOPA’s Anti-Circumvention

Here, I analyze just one of the problematic provisions of SOPA: a new”anticircumvention” provision (different from the still-problematic anti-circumvention of section1201). SOPA’s anticircumvention authorizes injunctions against the provision of tools to bypass the court-ordered blocking of domains. Although it is apparently aimed at MAFIAAfire, the Firefox add-on that offered redirection for seized domains in the wake of ICE seizures,1 the provision as drafted sweeps much more broadly. Ordinary security and connectivity tools could fall within its scope. If enacted, it would weaken Internet security and reduce the robustness and resilience of Internet connections.

WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:28pm

I decided that I should spend some more time on this bill since there has been little talk of the true implications of it on this site, and it gets many views here.

For those viewers that may not be aware, privacy online and thus your offline life as well is basically non existent now unless you take many precautions to protect it, many including software this bill would make illegal in the US.

The real threat of this bill is that it would give the government the authority to basically erect a great firewall like China has, and make all software that is capable of bypassing it illegal.

Some may argue that the wording of the bill only allows this or that, but we have already seen secret interpretations used with existing laws that have little to do with the clear intent in the actual wording of the law.

I will post some articles that explain more.

WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:27pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Jan 06, 2012 1:52am

You grossly underestimate the People Mr Neeley!

CurtisNeeley 01/06/2012 1:52am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 06, 2012 12:18am

Yes; The FCC can easily regulate “the Internet” because ALL ISPs in the United States will either cooperate, be fined out of existence, or be criminals. All wire requests for data will be monitored by the FCC. Requests are already stored by all ISPs for months. Regulation by the FCC will change internet wire communications forever regardless of where you live because sites prohibited from display by the FCC will quickly wither away whether a single new bill passes or doesn’t.

PROOF? Watch Wikileaks.ch or dot-whatever now disappear without a single bill.

Your VPN or privacy software is utterly useless because they are all connected physically somewhere to the wire called the Internet.
Software can’t change an IP but only helps select proxy servers. The energy is still transmitted by regulated wires.

WasMiddleClass 01/06/2012 12:18am

Here is the problem:

This bill says it will make all software that can bypass the “blockade” illegal.

Most all software that allows you to change your IP also allows you to use a IP from another country.

The FCC/.gov can’t regulate you if you run a VPN to a foreign server, and then surf from there!

CurtisNeeley 01/06/2012 12:03am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 05, 2012 10:24pm

@ WasMiddleClass “I already researched your case…”

Retribution and revenge have nothing to do with my litigation. I have been offered a GREAT deal of money already to settle. This is not about compensation or punishment except for NameMedia Inc whom I wish to no longer exist. It does not matter that they deleted my STOLEN figurenude art finally after nine months in Federal Court. There are statutory damages for their actions in the millions already.

I feel Google Inc, as operating today, needs to no longer exist profitably but feel GOOG will either find alternative income sources or chase lycos, yahoo, and facebook into the internet sunset.

There is absolutely no question that I can build a much better search engine than GOOG in a year or less.
go-oogle.net <<< just wire communications for GOOG.

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 11:59pm

This one aint bad for free…

How did we get on the topic of switching IP’s now?

This bill would make that illegal if you live in the US.

After all how could the FCC block a foreign IP from a foreign site without starting a war?

And how could they regulate foreign DNS registry’s?

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 11:44pm

@Well I do not want to spend money on high enough quality host to reject by IPs


So you changed yours…and…


WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 11:40pm

That place was a joke.

Try this:


It is from the good guys!

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 11:34pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Jan 05, 2012 10:56pm

So what?

And I dont live in Georgia, though I kind of wish I did about now…

That is just a basic everyday VPN I run to stop corporate tracking…

CurtisNeeley 01/05/2012 10:56pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 05, 2012 10:35pm

Well I do not want to spend money on high enough quality host to reject by IPs although I have a website that does. I have several websites and I am NOT in New York but in Fayetteville Ark.


IPs altered to protect privacy.

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 10:48pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 05, 2012 10:46pm

Ooops wrong page here with that post.

Too much going on at one time these days….

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 10:46pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 05, 2012 10:35pm

The things you get yourself into :=)

We have some new info on that posted now.

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 10:35pm

@Curtis Neeley:

“CENSOR the INTERNET  or else I will continue to sue google Inc and Microsoft Corporation and the Federal Communications Commission for republishing or allowing republishing of my nude art out-of-context to minors by wire.” 


“It is no secret that internet wire communication are used for pornography disguised as free speech by fifty-percent or more of United States citizens including men, women, pastors, lawyers, and sitting judges.  It is no secret this action is before the United States Courts.  This action is being hoped to go away if ignored as is now obvious but which will not occur. “



WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 10:24pm

@Mr Neeley

I already researched your case…

Your apparent need for retribution does not out-way the needs of the rest of the planet…

Or the overwhelming will…

CurtisNeeley 01/05/2012 10:13pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 05, 2012 9:45pm

“Patches” are often nothing but user identifiers and profiling.

Want to see REAL HACKING <<< click the text and read of the future. Every lead attorney for every party in BOTH copy[rite]/internet cases have copies.

Wire communications << Link to statutory definition. Even those called the internet will soon be as safe as TV for children.

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 10:11pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 05, 2012 10:06pm

So that would be kind of like the phone company being ordered to bock phone numbers you want to call?


“sorry, you are not allowed to call this number”

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 10:06pm

@"Demanding the numerical IP address and the alias for the numerical IP address would be ordered blocked at the same time".

Do you have some super secret insider information?

I’ll send that to the experts…

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 9:55pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Jan 05, 2012 9:50pm

So……only your porn is being censored?

I know some Wikipedia folks…

And I know sites that have no problem blocking bots…

Is that your real picture on the FCC site?

Oh boy…….

CurtisNeeley 01/05/2012 9:50pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Jan 05, 2012 9:33pm

1. artnude.pp.ru once had them. Legal actions in Russian is difficult.
2. listphotographers.com/ once had them. Legal actions in their language is difficult and they have not deleted the photos but are perpetually upgrading their site.
3. deviantart.com is searched by Google Inc for my figurenude art and bypasses adult filtration to display my recent figurenudes.
4. en.wikipedia.org Wikipedia Foundation removed my name from the donated figurenude photographs.
5. .jpg site:curtisneeley.com Google Inc ignores my robots.txt KEEP OUT sign

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 9:50pm
in reply to walker7 Jan 05, 2012 9:34pm

@ “if you have an in-person meeting with your senators”

Good luck with that. From all my activist stuff I found you are lucky to even get them on the phone.

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 9:45pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 05, 2012 9:41pm

And why the hell does Microsoft keep sending me so damn many patches!?

I thought the NSA helped design windows 7…

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 9:41pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Jan 05, 2012 9:33pm

“I am not afraid of ANY hacker and “hacking” is not some mysterious technique and requires capitalizing on human errors, leaks, and naivety.”


Then why have we been frantically trying to hire hackers to defend against hackers with some of our most “secure” systems?

I think you need to expand your reading more Mr Neeley.

walker7 01/05/2012 9:34pm

Our best chance to stop SOPA and/or PIPA can be done if you have an in-person meeting with your senators. Make sure that we get at least 41 senators to agree to block the vote. The address is:


Please make sure you tell them that SOPA (1) will cripple the Internet; (2) it’s the worst piece of IP legislation, an incentive for it not to pass; (3) it’s deemed unconstitutional; (4) if these bills are defeated, the general public will be relieved; (5) it would be a step backward in the Internet revolution if it was passed; (6) it isn’t certain whether the President will veto this bill; (7) it would destroy innovation and small businesses; and (8) Darrell Issa and Ron Wyden already have the alternative to both bills, which is OPEN.

If we succeed, we will no longer have to worry about SOPA and/or PIPA.

CurtisNeeley 01/05/2012 9:33pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 05, 2012 9:06pm

1. Yes the FCC could regulate wire communications and they WILL because regulating wire communications is already required by law.
2. I am not afraid of ANY hacker and “hacking” is not some mysterious technique and requires capitalizing on human errors, leaks, and naivety.
3. The locally stored DNS work-around you suggested is less than trivial to defeat and would NOT work. Demanding the numerical IP address and the alias for the numerical IP address would be ordered blocked at the same time. Access to a blocked site is impossible except on an intra net.
4. I am not always here but I visit this link regularly and will till SOPA passes or is irrelevant.
5. I do extremely good figurenude photography and did very good nudes for twenty years. They are all over the Internet and I can’t control them because of Google Inc and Microsoft Corporation.

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 9:16pm

From your FCC link Mr Neeley:

“The FCC should run a search engine and fine for inappropriate wire communications”.

Good luck with that fantasy…

WasMiddleClass 01/05/2012 9:07pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 05, 2012 9:06pm

I don’t!

We don’t need ever hacker on the planet pissed off at us!

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