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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Capsrock 11/16/2011 6:30pm
in reply to lorrodriguez Nov 16, 2011 10:42am

Government hands ARE the wrong hands. The internet is safest when it’s free and open.

Bamzaaier 11/15/2011 5:49pm

Please don’t get me wrong, but it would be fun/interesting to see this law actually make it. I can’t stop imagining the size of the absolute chaos that would immediately follow the implementation. Would it the effect be a similar kind of nation-wide disorder as the Prohibition in the 20’s? It would be mayhem to say the least, because try to imagine a widely used site as Youtube being entirely banned from the internet due to “copyright infringement”.
If this is a joke, then Hollywood beats Jay Leno. Haha.

ktel1218 11/16/2011 9:24pm
in reply to matth35 Jul 09, 2011 2:16pm

I sure hope you’re right. But while we’re being distracted, lets talk about how bogus the copyright laws are even when they’re not being applied to potential website shutdowns. There’s an amazing article that made the rounds a while back about the copyright laws one breaks in normal, day to day activities written by John Tehranian from Southwestern Law, which can be downloaded here . The famous description is on page 8.

SFCMAC 10/23/2011 8:08pm

The content companies have tried suing college students. They’ve tried suing internet startups. Now they want the federal government to act as their private security agents, policing the internet for suspected pirates before making them walk the digital plank.

Many people opposed to the bill agree in principle with its aims: Illegal music piracy is, well, illegal, and should be stopped. Musicians, artists and content creators should be compensated for their work. But the law’s critics do not believe that giving the federal government the right to shut down websites at will based upon a vague and arbitrary standard of evidence, even if no law-breaking has been proved, is a particularly good idea."

alkrauss 01/07/2012 3:02pm
in reply to SirLeadhead Jul 22, 2011 12:27am

Actually, fair use allows for many of the day to day unauthorized uses of copyrighted material. However, the boundaries between fair use and infringement are not always clear. Part of the reason this legislation would cause so much damage is that it would cause a chilling effect on fair use, because it forces those who host websites to self-police and error on the side of not permitting fair use. Those who do not self-police run the risk of truly dire consequences, quite possibly without even a day in court.

SFCMAC 10/23/2011 8:07pm

A bill that critics say would have given the government power to censor the Internet will not pass this year thanks to the Oregon Democrat, who announced his opposition during a recent committee hearing."

Patrick Leahy, who is one of the biggest crapweasels in Senate, thinks it’s just a matter of “intellectual property”:

“Few things are more important to the future of the American economy and job creation than protecting our intellectual property,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont who co-sponsored the bill.

Here’s the REAL reason this was proposed in the first place:

“COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and the big media companies to stem the tidal wave of internet file sharing that has upended those industries and, they claim, cost them tens of billions of dollars over the last decade.

walker7 11/28/2011 5:48pm

Here is the message that Ron Wyden said to Demand Progress about SOPA & PIPA:

“The filibuster affords senators an opportunity to stand up for what they believe in and there are few things I believe in more than ensuring that every American has a voice and an opportunity to get ahead.

Right now, the Internet gives every American that voice while making it possible for every entrepreneur, thinker and innovator to compete alongside the biggest and most moneyed interests.

It is my hope that — with your help – my colleagues in Congress will realize that a free and open Internet is something that we as Americans should celebrate and not allow those special moneyed interests to quash.

It is my hope that – with your help – my colleagues in Congress will realize that PIPA/SOPA are the wrong way to protect intellectual property because the price they exact on the Internet is too high."

…to be continued…

Inkling 11/16/2011 2:20am

You don’t realize, there wouldn’t be threats for theft if you didn’t post it on the internet in the first place. That’s completely self-grave digging. Nintendo supports this? FUCK nintendo, you idiots obviously don’t USE the internet you want to regulate. You will never get this to pass.

walker7 11/16/2011 2:49am
in reply to theman222 Nov 11, 2011 12:04am

I totally agree. We will find out what happens very soon. Keep your fingers crossed!

SFCMAC 10/23/2011 8:10pm

Speaking of compensation, the recording industry (RIAA) are the same greedy, nasty malfeasants who screwed their own contracted entertainers out of royalties for years, and in 2007, claimed that it had the rights to ALL royalties:

They also wanted royalties for used CDs.

And they wanted to track songs on the internet:
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Thursday announced a project to develop a worldwide standardized system for identifying digital music files so that the owner of the recording’s copyright can easily track its use and collect royalties.

The RIAA wanted public radio to pay royalties:

SFCMAC 10/23/2011 8:06pm

This is what I sent to Rob Portman (R-OH). I won’t bother with the Dems. They won’t listen anyway.

I oppose S.968 – PROTECT IP Act of 2011, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
This proposed bill is another example of Big Government intrusion into our internet freedom and freedom of speech. Patrick Leahy, the sponsor of this censorship bill, was already defeated in his last attempt:
“The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) would have permitted a blanket takedown of any domain alleged to be assisting activities that violate copyright law, based upon the judgment of state attorneys general.”

To his credit, it was a democratic senator, Ron Wyden (OR) who blocked the passage of this ominous crap.

“Oregon Senator Ron Wyden could very well go down in the history books as the man who saved the Internet.

walker7 11/28/2011 5:50pm
in reply to walker7 Nov 28, 2011 5:48pm

…continued from the last post…

“With your help, I believe we can get that word out and prevent these misguided bills from every reaching the House and Senate floor, but if they do reach the floor you can count on me to stand up and make our voices heard.”

sanityscraps 06/09/2011 1:56am

Okay. We’re talking about intellectual property protection here. How could you possibly oppose this? It’s a win-win for everyone except intellectual thieves.

kratkatomas 10/18/2011 12:14pm

You like youtube? You can’t go on that site anymore. It will be blacklisted by this bill

michaelsafyan 11/22/2011 12:48am
in reply to sanityscraps Jun 09, 2011 1:56am

This isn’t intellectual property protection. It is very easy for this to be subverted by pirates*, while at the same time, this legislation introduces huge legal uncertainties for companies that run websites with user-generated content. If you like YouTube, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or any site with user-generated content, then you will oppose this bill, as this sort of legislation (and its even worse twin, SOPA) potentially put the viability of those websites at risk.

*See my public Google+ post on how to easily subvert the proposed DNS-based blocking mechanism:

walker7 01/24/2012 5:23pm

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


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


uzumakiclan43 01/18/2012 9:00am

Know what’s severely hypocritical about this? The MPAA, along with several major motion picture companies like Warner Brothers support this deal, yet the same companies lease their intellectual properties for streaming (paid or otherwise) on sites like Netflix and Youtube. And Warner Brothers just signed a deal to allow paid rentals to stream their movies on Facebook, all websites that would be taken down if both bills were to be passed, as well as all that potential revenue per hit, and hit through linking it to another person’s profile. If someone finally realizes the gravity of the two bills and decides to kill them, I hope they use this line from a classic Sherlock Holmes movie: “Remind me to congratulate you on that brilliant piece of deduction.”

walker7 01/03/2012 8:13am

Here is an article on how the PIPA vote will work:


To help destroy PIPA, the following senators would be the best ones to call:

Harry Reid: (202) 224-3542
Ron Wyden: (202) 224-5244
Jerry Moran: (202) 224-6521
Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441
Rand Paul: (202) 224-4343

Please call as much as you can between now and January 24. During your call, please address the following points about SOPA for consideration:

(1) The bill is deeply flawed and would cause crippling, lasting damage to the Internet.
(2) It is one of the worst pieces of IP legislation; this would be an incentive for it not to pass.
(3) This bill is deemed unconstitutional and could affect freedom of speech.
(4) If PIPA is defeated, the general public will feel relieved.
(5) On OpenCongress.org, 98.4% of users oppose PIPA.

…to be continued…

walker7 01/17/2012 9:13pm

Here’s a place where you can pledge to congresspeople who stand for Internet freedom, and won’t support censorship.


Don’t forget that Blackout Day is tomorrow! Please E-mail your state’s senators about destroying PIPA if you haven’t already. I have E-mailed a lot of them today.

A full list of senator contacts can be found here:


Good luck on destroying PIPA tomorrow! SOPA is on life support, so let’s do the same with PIPA.

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!

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.”

walker7 01/16/2012 1:49pm

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


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


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

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.

walker7 01/05/2012 9:35pm

Our best chance to stop PIPA and/or SOPA 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 PIPA (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 PIPA and/or SOPA.

walker7 01/14/2012 4:27pm

More Big News: White House Will Not Support SOPA & PIPA:




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walker7 01/19/2012 8:10pm

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


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.

HildaSuf 01/14/2012 4:17pm

Regulations are going too far – EPA/special interests; car mfg.; loans; health care; this administration is taking over personal and private interests at super speed.
- cnsnews-com FCC Moves to Regulate Internet—Even Though the Law Calls for Internet to be ‘Unfettered by Federal or State Regulation’ , June 18, 2010

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!

uzumakiclan43 01/19/2012 4:00pm

All I have to say is that Censorship is a double-edged sword. While, in the past with censors like the Comics Code, Hays Code, and the FCC putting almost as ridiculous regulations and restrictions on what an author, producer or director could or could not do, it spawned several generations of very innovative and clever minds who came up with very unique ideas on how they wanted to get their vision past the censors, while making it seem as though they were conforming to the “oppressive” rules of the era. Yet, with SOPA and PIPA, there is no chance for honest men and women with brilliant ideas, computer or otherwise, to get past these outrageous zealots who would soon accuse a child trying to post his own fanart on Photobucket in the United Kingdom for stealing their intellectual property rather than going after an actual pirater in their own backyard who loves to tell stories of his own crimes. With SOPA and PIPA, there is no double-edged sword. Just the hangman’s noose.

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