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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CurtisNeeley 01/10/2012 8:58am


and for all you Free Speech/porn supporters.
Today is the day the FCC will argue for broadcast decency from 6a-10p
FCC ability to require broadcast decency could be history after today!

CurtisNeeley 01/09/2012 1:23am
in reply to REModifca Jan 09, 2012 12:37am

Our Government is nothing but prostitutes to the rich now and have been for the past how many years? Yeah… I can’t call our government a government anymore

Compare democracy 1790-2010
Roughly 649,999 voters per Congressional Representative….
Roughly 33million and 833,285 voters per Supreme Court Justice…

Too late to fix this system in my opinion.

CurtisNeeley 01/09/2012 1:04am
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 08, 2012 8:35pm

1. "In the… [pro-porn gibberish] …children!"

2. "It… [para-legal gibberish] …MOOT."

3. "The Telecommunications Act… [para-legal gibberish] …(2000)"

1. Well actually, it is Initially the duty of parents to protect children from even government supported inappropriate free speech. In the end, the government must take responsibility for government supported inappropriate free speech and has for nearly a century. Internet wire communications exist today because of the Communications Act of 1934.

2. Free Speech does not include “porn” that is “obscene”. MOOT is a cute legal term but does not begin to describe the “qualified right” you mistakenly find absolute and violated from the First Amendment.

3. The Supreme Court was CLUELESS about internet wire communications in 1996-2000 but is changing. The Supreme Court is not yet composed of internet wire communications era justices and will not be till around 2050. I will be 82 or be dead.

REModifca 01/09/2012 12:37am

Our Government is nothing but prostitutes to the rich now and have been for the past how many years? Yeah… I can’t call our government a government anymore

WasMiddleClass 01/08/2012 11:21pm
in reply to Liberty1 Jan 08, 2012 10:11pm

So many fronts these days…

Liberty1 01/08/2012 10:11pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 08, 2012 9:03pm

Maybe you should get involved on the other one too my old friend? Everyone is still at battle stations and ready to rumble again. We will make sure support is gone from anyone that wants to make money off of respect on the web. I’m not sure that will be enough in these times though. If this passes I can only imagine the backlash from what I am reading.

See you out there ;=)

Liberty1 01/08/2012 9:55pm

This is eerily reminiscent of some things here.

“It’s been a few months since we’ve checked in with everyone’s favorite copyright troll, Righthaven.” 

“After an aggressive first half, Righthaven has been surrendering goal after goal in the subsequent months: some scored by Randazza and his crew of trollslayers extraordinare, some scored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and some own goals Righthaven shot into its own net.”

“So all in all, 2011 was a remarkable year for Righthaven, going from mass litigator supreme to on-the-ropes debtor.  We can only hope that the soon-to-be owner of Righthaven.com will have better luck (and fewer dubious legal claims) in their business endeavors.” 


WasMiddleClass 01/08/2012 9:03pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 08, 2012 8:41pm

In the end it is parents that are responsible to protect children, and regulate what they are exposed to.

It is not the governments job to make everything in the world suitable to be viewed by children!

WasMiddleClass 01/08/2012 8:41pm

It seems all your “porn” arguments have already been determined to be in violation of the First Amendment of our Constitution Mr Neeley, and thus MOOT.

WasMiddleClass 01/08/2012 8:35pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Jan 08, 2012 3:53pm

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 01/08/2012 8:34pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Jan 08, 2012 3:53pm

I read this that someone posted way back there today: “Although I don’t support the bill I’d like to point out that having the internet isn’t a right. It’s a convenience.”

Now you claim : “There is no right to internet wire communications”

That reminds me of government claims that driving is not a right, but a privilege. The difference is though that the government owns most roads….

But your complaint Mr. Neeley seems to be about someone steeling your nude pictures, and as you claim, making them available to children.

Is your site password protected, or is what you post available for ALL to view by YOUR OWN choice?

CurtisNeeley 01/08/2012 3:53pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 08, 2012 1:50pm

The Copy[rite] Act has been unconstitutional since the day Mr. Washington signed it in 1790.

The United States was closer to democracy in 1790 but is not the least democratic today as can be seen graphically at the next link. Re-use this idea or graphic freely. This idea is released to the public domain.
Compare democracy from 1790 to 2010.html

The United States has never been terribly democratic and has always been ruled by the privileged. The graphic from 1790 is not been done yet.

There is no right to internet wire communications; -Just as there is no right to radio or television. The constitution alleged to recognize the rights of authors and creator for limited times.

The FCC has in its mission or duty " to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination […], a rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service".

WasMiddleClass 01/08/2012 1:50pm

I hope everyone here read this blog post from Open Congress. If not please DO!

PIPA first on Senate agenda on Jan. 24th, 2012


The battle is about to heat up again SOON!

stephenmac7 01/08/2012 1:40pm
in reply to ashlelyliz Nov 16, 2011 1:34pm

Although I don’t support the bill I’d like to point out that having the internet isn’t a right. It’s a convenience. Actually Pirating is also a convenience, if internet is a “Right” then being able to pirate something is a right

stephenmac7 01/08/2012 1:38pm
in reply to JungleGirl Nov 25, 2011 3:01pm

Yes, it seems that “Democracy” isn’t happening here in America. Corporatocracy seems to be the best term.

stephenmac7 01/08/2012 1:36pm
in reply to lorrodriguez Nov 16, 2011 10:35am

It seems that it’s a bit redundant to say that. Other comments say almost the same thing. A +1 should suffice :)

stephenmac7 01/08/2012 1:35pm
in reply to Kaze Nov 15, 2011 8:55pm

Over three million for one senator :P

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.

WasMiddleClass 01/08/2012 12:36pm
in reply to walker7 Jan 08, 2012 11:51am

I voted for myself too :)

WasMiddleClass 01/08/2012 12:34pm
in reply to walker7 Jan 08, 2012 11:51am


Good stuff on boingboing…

SOPA bans Tor, the US Navy’s censorship-busting technology

Tor, the censorship-busting technology developed by the US Navy and promoted by the State Department as part of the solution to allowing for free communications in repressive regimes, is likely illegal technology under the Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA makes provision for punishing Americans who contribute expertise to projects that can be used to defeat its censorship regime, and Tor fits the bill.


walker7 01/08/2012 11:51am

Here is an article with a funny Lamar Smith anti-election poster:


WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 4:04pm

SOPA Solution: Block Congress

Today, I was wondering how easy that would be, and spent about 10 seconds in google to find that Congressional staffer IPs have been outed by Wikipedia for editing their boss’s pages:

Wikinews contributors have discovered that members of the United States Congress or members of their staff have recently been making questionable edits to Wikipedia… To confirm, I put the first IP in an IP Locator tool and got this:

From here you can figure out an IP range to target, and then it’s trivial to serve them different content (perhaps giving them a taste of what SOPA IP blocking would be like). I leave that as an exercise to the reader.

To be effective it needs to be done by sites that Congressional staffers actually depend on or on enough smaller sites to get media attention.


WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:47pm
in reply to CurtisNeeley Jan 06, 2012 1:52am

@Requests are already stored by all ISPs for months

IF you use their DNS servers!

@Your VPN or privacy software is utterly useless because they are all connected physically somewhere to the wire called the Internet.

Well that all depends on the encryption strength between your PC and the server of your choice, and if they can break it in the middle somewhere…

I am reminded of a time when I has a ISP tech at my house because my bandwith seemed less that I paid for. I watched his screen as he tried to pull up my surfing history. He gave me a rather perplexed look that day…

WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:38pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 07, 2012 3:37pm

Feds at DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned

The reader, connected to a web camera, sniffed data from RFID-enabled ID cards and other documents carried by attendees in pockets and backpacks as they passed a table where the equipment was stationed in full view.
It was part of a security-awareness project set up by a group of security researchers and consultants to highlight privacy issues around RFID. When the reader caught an RFID chip in its sights — embedded in a company or government agency access card, for example — it grabbed data from the card, and the camera snapped the card holder’s picture.


WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:37pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 07, 2012 3:36pm

A stranger snaps a picture of you with his iPhone camera while you’re walking down the street on your way to work in the morning. You don’t see him. He uses a mobile app to analyze the photo he just took of you. The app scans your face and searches the web for matches. In less than a minute, the stranger knows your name and contact info, is scrolling through your Facebook albums, and is reading your Twitter timeline. Predicting your social security number—and thus stealing your identity–is one small step away.

Sounds like science fiction? It’s science fact.


WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:36pm

Personally I don’t give a damn about downloading free music or porn. I DO care about being forced to surf naked with a camera on my head recording everything I do for eternity, and a sign on my back with my all my personal information on it for anyone in the world with the capability to see at will!

Maybe some don’t care if they have to give their name, address, date of birth, social security number, drivers license number, credit card numbers, and life history, to any stranger that walks up tho them on the street and wants it, but MANY do!

This bill makes many tools we have to protect our privacy illegal!

WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:34pm

US Lobbying Against New European Privacy Law

A document obtained by a European civil liberties organization indicates that the US Department of Commerce is actively opposing efforts by the European Union to update and strengthen its privacy law. The “Informal Note on Draft EU General Data Protection Regulation” argues that the proposed updates to the EU Data Protection Directive could adversely impact the “global interoperability of national and international privacy regimes.” The US assessment follows a multi-year effort by the Europeans and others to establish a comprehensive framework for privacy protection, which the US has opposed, opting instead for "self-regulation.


WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:33pm

Federal Court Revives Suit Over NSA Dragnet Surveillance
A federal appeals recently revived a lawsuit, Jewel v. NSA, challenging the NSA’s use of the nation’s largest telecommunication providers to conduct suspicionless surveillance of Americans. The three-judge panel reversed a lower court decision that rejected claims based on lack of standing. The case will now return to the district court for a decision on the merits. The same three-judge panel also rejected a related suit against the telecommunications providers, Hepting v. AT&T, based on the “retroactive immunity” provided by Congress in 2008.


WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:33pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 07, 2012 3:32pm

EPIC Demands Release of Classified Answers on Privacy and Internet Standards from Cyber Command Nominee : EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the National Security Agency (NSA) seeking the “classified supplement” that Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander filed with his answers to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding his nomination to be the Commander of the newly formed United States Cyber Command. Several of Lt. Gen. Alexander’s classified responses were to questions regarding the privacy of Americans’


WasMiddleClass 01/07/2012 3:32pm
in reply to WasMiddleClass Jan 07, 2012 3:31pm

EPIC Urges Court to Order Disclosure of CyberSecurity Authority: EPIC filed papers urging a federal court to order the National Security Agency to disclose National Security Presidential Directive 54, a key document governing national cybersecurity policy. The directive grants the NSA broad authority over the security of American computer networks. But the agency has refused to make the document public in response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act request. EPIC noted that "The NSA’s position amounts to a claim that the President may enact secret laws, direct federal agencies to implement those laws, and shield the content of those laws from public scrutiny.


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