S.968 - PIPA

A bill to prevent online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property, and for other purposes. view all titles (7)

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  • Popular: PIPA as .
  • Official: A bill to prevent online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Short: PROTECT IP Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Short: Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 as reported to senate.
  • Short: PROTECT IP Act of 2011 as reported to senate.
  • Popular: PIPA.

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lorrodriguez 11/16/2011 10:42am

If this bill does go through and goverment does have a control over a majority of websites….what if that power gets into the wrong hands? hackers or terrorist then they will have a control over everything that keeps us moving every day cyber war is real!…Please dont allow this to go through for the sake of our country!

patrickrhodesmartin 11/17/2011 12:44am

“In some cases, action could be taken to block sites without first allowing the alleged infringer to defend themselves in court.”


Bill of rights
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”


“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

wibob1234 11/17/2011 12:22am
in reply to eelaw Nov 16, 2011 8:37pm

Just one question, how old are you? To the older generation it is not that bad. The newer generation on the other hand it means the end to you tube and other sites that are similar. Times are growing, its about time the younger generation take a stand for what they believe in. Besides we were born on the internet we live on the internet and we shop on the internet. If the younger generation stopped using the internet the economy would fall fast.

Mystyy 11/03/2011 1:30am

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malice936 12/21/2011 12:01pm
in reply to sanityscraps Jun 09, 2011 1:56am

It’s because of how its worded sanityscraps. It along with its sister bill SOPA make it to where the US government has the right to say “screw free speech screw creative commons and screw anything that the people lining our pockets don’t like”. As far as I’m concerned piracy isn’t even as bad as these major corporations make it out to be if anything its idiotic that some company is going after a 15 year old for downloading an $80 game trying to get thousands of dollars from him/her when they don’t even see the $80 because all the money they get will go to some lawyer, they lose a person that would SUPPORT someone buying the game, and not to mention these are the same people who have MILLIONS because they’re fleecing over the american public. Even some of the “creators” of the intellectual property oppose this bill because they understand not EVERYONE can afford the movies and music and games.

So you tell me how does this do anything but protect people who are screwing over you and me!

FSFopensource 11/17/2011 2:42pm

I’ve signed the petition, I’ve called my congressmen, and I can’t say it louder.


I think one of two things are happening. Either the people in charge know exactly how powerful our unbridled freedom of speech on the internet is, and they’re scared; or they’re entirely clueless. Both are terrifying.

We have more power here on the internet than Thomas Pane when he wrote Common Sense, or when the Federalist Papers were written. Yes, is abused, but it was abused before we had this technology too; Propaganda was a malicious use of communication, and piracy is less harmful.

Let the people speak. Let our voices roar in the open forum that is the internet. Once you pass this bill you silence the very sites that can help those voices grow.

If this had been passed before facebook, or myspace, or youtube were huge, they wouldn’t exist today. Worse yet, they’re not immune to this. If this passes, the government could shut them down entirely.

Let us be free.

nwchick 12/29/2011 12:15pm
in reply to sanityscraps Jun 09, 2011 1:56am

I agree that protecting intellectual property is good, but this bill allows the government to shut down any site without allowing the ‘offending’ party even a day in court – so no proof is even need for the Government to say shut that site down. It could be used for pretty much anything by the government cart blanch, so it gives them way too much power. Right now it’s easy to get copyrighted material off the internet by just emailing the offending party with a threat of court. I do it all the time for a company I work for – the material comes down immediately usually. Copyright laws already cover this, so there is no need to give the Government such power on top of it. Laws already exist and are typically followed. This is just overkill.

isarmstrong 11/21/2011 3:11pm
in reply to sanityscraps Jun 09, 2011 1:56am

This bill takes reactivist thinking to a whole new level. It provides for total government control of information based on exceedingly vague and often legally thin statutes. All one has to do is look at the patent war between Apple and Samsung to understand why you don’t want to give the government this much arbitrary power.

If this bill had been drafted and passed 15 years ago we would still be listening to CDs and compressed music (like MP3) would be illegal.

WasMiddleClass 01/31/2012 11:07pm

I was waiting for a big news outlet to finally talk about this story HuffPost did. It is well known in some places on the web. There was a lot more than just all of the sites that joined together to participated in the blackout that caused Congress, and others, to back down quick on SOPA and PIPA. A little mentioned, but very real cyber war was waged in many ways…

I also read a very good article today in a CT paper about how former Senator Chris Dodd was hired to push SOPA through, even though that is illegal for him to do until 2013. It is not online yet, but I will post it when it is

Of course Dodd will not comment to the CT media hammering him now…

WasMiddleClass 02/14/2012 9:47pm

New Iran internet blocking

Some days ago the Iranian government has ramped up censorship in three ways: deep packet inspection (dpi) of SSL traffic, selective blocking of IP Address and TCP port combinations, and some keyword filtering.


Sound familiar??

sammybskate 02/01/2012 7:41am

One of the worst things that this bill does is enable sabatoge. Any site that supports something an interest group doesn’t like can be taken down by a simple comment. Let’s say hamas doesn’t like all the info an anti-terrorist site has on them. They can easily create an account, go to a comment area, and link to copywrighted content, and BAM, the site is down, and looses money.

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

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 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.’”


CurtisNeeley 02/01/2012 9:52pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 31, 2012 11:08pm

I doubt that ANY site you mentioned was unable to load. “Anonymous” is just a bunch of unhappy nerds mourning the fact that the utterly unregulated Internet will disappear VERY SOON!

It has existed unregulated due entirely to malfeasance of the FCC. The FCC is failing to regulate ALL wire communications including subscription cable television as required since 1934.

After the Supreme Court allows the FCC to fine Fox and CBS for inappropriate television broadcasts by radio the Supreme Court will back an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals order that the FCC regulate ALL wire communications from subscription television by wire communications to internet wire communications.

The Supreme Court will back the Eighth Circuit Court ruling that the copy[rite] act has been unconstitutional since enacted in 1790 and forbid display of inappropriate art to the unauthenticated or unidentified. The Robots Exclusion Protocol will also be made statutory and required to be used.

WasMiddleClass 02/02/2012 9:35pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 02, 2012 9:31pm

How about the Washington Post?

Anonymous claims credit for crashing FBI, DOJ sites


WasMiddleClass 02/02/2012 9:31pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Feb 01, 2012 9:52pm

So next time I have to say “look Mr Neeley, it is happening right now” ???

Is PC Magazine making it up too?


I find it best to just laugh at your apparent ignorance Mr Neeley…

WasMiddleClass 02/02/2012 9:36pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Feb 01, 2012 10:00pm

Your ideas seem to require a hell of a lot of unconstitutional things Mr Neeley!

WasMiddleClass 02/02/2012 11:23pm

Read people!

Liberate OpenGovData Now


WasMiddleClass 02/03/2012 1:00am
in reply to CurtisNeeley Feb 03, 2012 12:07am

You were replied to for the same post over here, I will not bother on this page…


CurtisNeeley 02/03/2012 12:07am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Feb 02, 2012 9:36pm

Oh really? You think? “Internet” censorship will be about unregulated display of my nude art by wire communications against my wishes before my Federal lawsuit against GOOG is over. When 47 U.S.C. §151 is obeyed as written, ALL 47 U.S.C. §153 ¶52 wire communications will be regulated by the FCC as required. My nudes will still be allowed by wire but not to the anonymous anymore. POOF!

The laws that are on the books must be followed as written regardless of past confusion of the Courts and Congress when the obvious is pointed out clearly as has just been done by me in Federal Court filings.

I may have to do or fight a Supreme Court appeal before it is enforced but it is decided like
2 + 2 = 4 POOF

11-2558 Docket mirror

CurtisNeeley 02/01/2012 10:00pm
in reply to sammybskate Feb 01, 2012 7:41am

sammybskate wrote: “One of the worst things that this bill does is enable sabatoge. Any site that supports something an interest group doesn’t like can be taken down by a simple comment. Let’s say hamas doesn’t like all the info an anti-terrorist site has on them. They can easily create an account, go to a comment area, and link to copywrighted content, and BAM, the site is down, and looses money.”

That is so unrealistic and such a FRAUD. Taking down the violating material in five days was provided for. Did you NOT read either bill? Maintaining violating links for five days after notified was required.

They both required an unconstitutional United States Copy[rite] purchase first so both were improper.

WasMiddleClass 01/24/2012 11:36pm

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 11:18pm

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.

WasMiddleClass 01/24/2012 11:21pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 24, 2012 11:20pm

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).


WasMiddleClass 01/24/2012 11:17pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Jan 21, 2012 1:57pm

@"I doubt anyone much reads here"

So who made that view counter spin up to all those tens of thousands of views per day on these bills?

I must say Mr Neeley that your posts do meet most of the accepted requirements to be considered a troll by many…

I can post the standards if you wish.

CurtisNeeley 01/21/2012 1:57pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 20, 2012 9:39pm

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.
I doubt anyone much reads here and if they do they take the whining with a grain of salt.
I am sure “free porn” is all that is driving resistance to both bills.
The bills are irrelevant after the FCC regulates ALL wire communications.

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 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.


CurtisNeeley 01/04/2012 9:02pm

For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire []so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, a rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire []communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges, for the purpose of the national defense, for the purpose of promoting safety of life and property through the use of wire []communications, and for the purpose of securing a more effective execution of this policy by centralizing authority heretofore granted by law to several agencies and by granting additional authority with respect to interstate and foreign commerce in wire []communication, there is created a commission to be known as the “Federal Communications Commission”, which shall be constituted as hereinafter provided, and which shall execute and enforce the provisions of this chapter.

WasMiddleClass 01/20/2012 8:35pm

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