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Stop Online Piracy Act Supports Blacklisting, Says EFF

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the by-any-other-name dept.

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hessian writes with this quote from the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the Stop Online Piracy Act: "Of course the word 'blacklist' does not appear in the bill's text — the folks who wrote it know Americans don't approve of blatant censorship. The early versions of PROTECT-IP, the Senate's counterpart to SOPA, did include an explicit Blacklist Provision, but this transparent attempt at extrajudicial censorship was so offensive that the Senate had to re-write that part of the bill. However, provisions that encourage unofficial blacklisting remained, and they are still alive and well in SOPA. First, the new law would allow the Attorney General to cut off sites from the Internet, essentially 'blacklisting' companies from doing business on the web. Under section 102, the Attorney General can seek a court order that would force search engines, DNS providers, servers, payment processors, and advertisers to stop doing business with allegedly infringing websites. Second, the bill encourages private corporations to create a literal target list—a process that is ripe for abuse."

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Shame on a nigga. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37995754)

Who try to run game on a nigga.

Re:Shame on a nigga. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37995788)

fo real

Would they blacklist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37995806)

As long as they blacklist people who shout about getting FIRST POST, I'm fine with it.

Attention all slashdot members. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37997740)

Let's have a big Pity Party for "AC 12:24AM", who tragically only had "third post".

I really don't get it. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37995820)

So much time and effort is spent on failing to try to stop the potential loss of hypothetical profit. Even if you're pro-copyright, I still don't understand it. It seems to be treated as some kind of national emergency that must be 'corrected' right now. So many draconian laws being rushed through (and made in secret) just to stop such a small thing.

Re:I really don't get it. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37995900)

the reason being, the government would love to have these powers and is just looking for an excuse to implement this bs.
the internet is the single biggest threat to the corrupt system on this planet!

Re:I really don't get it. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37997698)

No, just no, the record industry were complaining long before the Internet was in the mainstream, back in the 80's and early 90's the industry was complaining that "Home taping is killing music" It never did and it was just FUD for its time.

Re:I really don't get it. (4, Insightful)

fightinfilipino (1449273) | more than 2 years ago | (#37995966)

i think it's a lot simpler than anyone's thinking. yes, government would love to have these powers. but the bottom line is that the US is no longer a manufacturing powerhouse. our economy is gasping breaths on service industries and intellectual property creation, two things where the US can still claim a measure of global superiority. of COURSE the government is going to do everything it can to prop up its two biggest cash cows.

Re:I really don't get it. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37996058)

An economy relying on music and movies... yeah sounds like a great idea.

Hey we could write a song about censorship over a song and dance?

Re:I really don't get it. (2)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996062)

Which makes us a banana republic, since there is a point that the rest of the world just abolishes copyright and ignores us.

Re:I really don't get it. (2)

fightinfilipino (1449273) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996090)

why do you think the US is lobbying so hard for ACTA?

Re:I really don't get it. (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996252)

Europe has it's own copyright interests to protect. Still, it's possible that given enough time some country or other might simply declare copyright void.

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37996662)

i don't think our music, movies, and/or television allows US to claim a measure of global superiority. i don't see too many torrents or rapidshare links to advanced gadgetry schematics (IP) or downloadable roofing installers (service industry). perhaps, this protects the software industry from piracy but i doubt they are suffering too much from file-sharing. they are more likely suffering from opensource.

i think it's even simpler than you think. media companies are promising big checks to government in return for protecting their revenue streams.

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37996696)

and it's a very dangerous environment when the media and the government share the same bed.

Re:I really don't get it. (2)

Znork (31774) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996686)

Intellectual property doesn't make an economy more competitive. In itself its effects are roughly equivalent to a very high sales tax on specific goods with the only difference being it's privately collected. However, economic waste grows from protected revenue streams so it's easily on par with the worst tax funded agencies in inefficiency.

It's not a coincidence that 'manufacturing powerhouses' and growing economies have much laxer IP laws. If the west wanted to get competitive on the global arena again, the best thing it could do would be to abolish IP rights.

Re:I really don't get it. (1)

bberens (965711) | more than 2 years ago | (#37998762)

Our biggest export is weapons, we're still really good at making those.

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38001464)

Someone needs to seriously look at the revenue in the US per industry. If you think music and movies are the "two biggest cash cows" you're woefully misinformed (note how the manufacturing you claim has disappeared accounts for many times the amount of revenue created by music and movies).

Re:I really don't get it. (3, Insightful)

blarkon (1712194) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996074)

Comes down to 8% of US GDP being earned directly out of the film/TV/music/books and commercial software industries. There is also a lot of "cultural soft power" earned out of those industries. US films/TV/books and music have substantially influenced the world's attitudes about things like government, trade and a whole lot of other things. If you were a government and on one side you had people saying "yes, you can maintain that 8% of GDP by giving it all away for free" and the other side saying "piracy is killing our revenue" - what would your rational course of action be?

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37996118)

Certainly not the one that comes with draconian polices and laws. You don't even have to pick one. You could just... not put so much effort into trying (and failing) to stop such a small problem.

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999440)

I get the feeling the "cultural soft power" lesses with every day passing, especially with the trend going on in movies for the last 10-15 years of remakes of remakes and remakes of remade remakes. Eventually the rest of the world is going to stop caring. And I seriously doubt the vast amounts of reality TV we are pumping into the airwaves has any cultural impact other than to give soccer moms some semblance of emotional stimulation in their otherwise boring lives. Maybe I'm just getting old, though.

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37996108)

What I don't get is that you already have the Occupy-x thing going and STILL fail to draw a connection. It's not measly copyright violations they want to suppress. It's your right to unite they are after.

Do you think all these people would march the streets if there was no Internet?

Re:I really don't get it. (2)

CanEHdian (1098955) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996122)

I'm pro-copyright, but I believe the copyright term should not exceed 15 years (with the possibility for a one-time, 15 year extension provided: 1. the work be registered, 2. a DRM-free copy be provided in the highest quality available, and 3. a hefty fee be paid to avoid frivolous extensions, limiting this to Triple-A "properties"). That being said, non-commercial, private-use copying should be legal as well as a generous fair use/dealings provision.

The problem is that quite a number of politicians appear to be in the pocket of Big Content, and the masses do what they do but don't really care if it's legal or not. Even if they did, the so-called "democracy" in the US is even more a choose-your-poison than Canada: D or R and it really makes no difference for most issues, including copyright/patents/IP. Perhaps that is why the polarization around those few issues where there is an actual difference.

Re:I really don't get it. (2)

cpghost (719344) | more than 2 years ago | (#37997860)

The problem is that quite a number of politicians appear to be in the pocket of Big Content (...)

The problem is bigger than mere corruption, it's also one of blackmailing. Politicians who adopt an anti-copyright stance are likely to be character-assassinated by Big Content, and since they depend heavily on their reputation (yeah, I know, it's semi-ironic) for votes, they can't afford to publicly oppose the will of the MAFIAA cartel, even if they're not openly bribed.

Re:I really don't get it. (1)

morgauxo (974071) | more than 2 years ago | (#37998584)

That would be much better than now! 30 years does seem like a long time though. How about 15 years with possibility for a 5 year extension 3 times? You can still get 30 that way still but you have to really have a good reason to keep paying for it. (I'm assuming the original copyright is free but extensions are significant money).

Where is the DRM free copy stored? I assume it isn't publicly available until after the copyright expires! Then it could be automatically made available to everyone the same way patents are now! I like it!

What's with the Canada/US comparison? Does Canada have shorter copyright terms? I am doubting this, even if they wanted to I suspect they would lengthen their terms to match the US or the US would not give them good trading terms. Or am I wrong, is copyright law better up there?

Re:I really don't get it. (1)

Tenebrousedge (1226584) | more than 2 years ago | (#37998728)

This sounds far more reasonable than current law, however, rather than picking a number out of a hat it may be possible to gather data on the subject with the intent of maximizing the profit potential and the speed at which material enters the public domain. And then, of course, picking a completely arbitrary number with no relation to said data.

For the purposes of parody, copyright duration is already nil. Additionally most fan-created works escape infringement lawsuits. A world without copyright would not be easily distinguishable from our own, except where concerns abuses of the current system.

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999682)

Better yet 5 years with no extensions, no DRM of any kind allowed, and after 5 years its irrevocabley in the public domain. And software id not patentable at all, but covered by copyright, and no business method covered by either one. And the above is applied to ALL works that are over 5 years old. THAT would be a good start!

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38000116)

Well, it's no surprise that the politicians appear to be in the pocket of Big Content, since the "opposition" (i.e. you) is also in the pocket of Big Content. Why else would you support an institution created by and for the profits of 17th century Big Content, namely the London publishers, and expanded to what it is now through a succession of other greedy moves by various new branches of Big Content as the technology to reproduce pictures, sound, and motion pictures came into being?

The twin justifications of "author's inherent (yet never before considered) 'ownership' rights" and "incentivizing creativity (by increasing the ability to profit from past work while sitting on your ass instread of creating something new)" were then as now a complete sham, promulgated so politicians didn't have to lose face by voting for an act with the explicit intent of granting business a monopoly for increased profit.

Re:I really don't get it. (2)

westlake (615356) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996200)

So much time and effort is spent on failing to try to stop the potential loss of hypothetical profit. Even if you're pro-copyright, I still don't understand it.

The production budget for "How To Train Your Dragon" $165 million.
Theatrical gross, domestic $218 million.
Global, $495 million.

Clean industry. High tech. Skilled labor. Favorable balance of trade. This is not a tough sell for the politician come November.

Re:I really don't get it. (3, Insightful)

toriver (11308) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996568)

Tax contributions due to "Hollywood accounting" that slashes the profit: near zero.

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37997096)

Media industry campaign contributions to both major parties: $50 million per year. Cheap.

Re:I really don't get it. (4, Interesting)

blahplusplus (757119) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996268)

"I still don't understand it."

Read all about the enclosure movement. It's the same drive for profit and power that brought both slavery and capitalism into existence, human beings once they become rich think it's their right to be rich in perpetuity and hide behind vague language and con artistry under the guise of noble ideals or fairness.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enclosure [wikipedia.org]

The drive to enclose is currently happening to games right now with MMO's and DRM. I imagine we'll start to see trojan horse of trusted computing rear it's head sooner or later or it will be slowly phased in. If I remember correctly Nintendo (and other companies I can't remember at the moment) is behind this kind of act and others like it as well.

We really need a revolt against this kind of bullshit.

Re:I really don't get it. (3, Insightful)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996606)

But the people have plenty of food, and entertainment via television and games. That's enough to silence any revolt. The romans figured that one out long ago. The most you'll see in the modern US revolt-wise is an increase in people going on forums and complaining that someone else really should start a revolt.

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37998976)

So, the people are happy because they have "plenty of...entertainment via television and games," even as they're being robbed of, well, free television and games? This whole thread is about online piracy, remember?

Another way of phrasing that: the people enjoy a higher standard of living under the current economic regime than they did under previous economic systems, and enclosure often advances the standard of living even while stealing freedoms. Even the New Left, in complaining of capitalism's hold on society, admitted this, and it's a major premise of Herbert Marcuse' work. On the other hand, merely complaining about slavery to the rich and bringing up the Juvenalian topos of bread and circuses is an unsubtle argument that's open to charges of self-contradiction ("we have enough to be happy but not enough to be happy"). It's more interesting to weigh the advances in the material standard of living (in a world that has internet access and ubiquitous computing for the first time in human history) against the form of enclosure (not being able to watch pop-culture drivel for free) to see at what level the loss of freedom becomes unacceptable, and then to determine what it is about that level that's so important to people.

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38000126)

Actually, it isn't as gloomy as you suggest, look at what happened to Libya as a shining example. I'm not suggesting that the current President/Prime Minister is a dictator, but if it came to that.................. I'll leave that as an exercise to the reader.

Re:I really don't get it. (4, Insightful)

jonwil (467024) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996926)

Notice that its not the content creators that are pushing for this, its the content distributors (although many of them are also creators).
Its not about piracy, its about the fact that the Internet (as it stands now) increasingly has the power to remove the content distributors as gatekeepers of the worlds content. And the big distributors are fearful that they will lose control over how content is distributed, what content is distributed and what content gets promoted (and what content does not)

Re:I really don't get it. (1)

Raenex (947668) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000458)

You'd have a point if content distributors were stopping content creators from putting out content on their own, but they aren't. This is all about content that was created under contract, and distributors don't like sites that give it away without their consent.

In fact, if creators really don't want this, they have as a class the power to never do business with any of the old gateways. The thing is, many content creators like to get paid for their work and have dreams of money and fame, and see the old gateways as a means to an end.

Re:I really don't get it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37998048)

The loss of one-way information flow is a significant threat to the general establishment. Any reason to limit cooperation between non-conforming groups of people is reason enough, I'd say.
Cooperatively owned fibre is the path to retaining information free-flow; a publicly-owned infrastructure is the only solution that will keep the megalomaniacs at bay.

Re:I really don't get it. (1)

jythie (914043) | more than 2 years ago | (#37998410)

The thing is, it is not about money, at least not directly and not at an industry level.

It is about power, and some very powerful people feeling emasculated by not having complete and total control over the deals around media they control. Part of the problem is, this is an industry where if you are seen as weak you will be passed over or cliqued out, pissing contests are how you get your job, how you keep it, how you network, and how you make deals/clients. Stuff like this makes them feel strong, and people associated with pushing this through will get extra swagger to take into their meetings, negotiations, and parties so they get laid.

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Remind anyone of the no fly list? (2)

Mistakill (965922) | more than 2 years ago | (#37995904)

Anyone remember how well the No Fly List thing is working out, or the TSA? sigh

Scary (4, Insightful)

inhuman_4 (1294516) | more than 2 years ago | (#37995908)

It sounds like they wrote this legislation intending for it to be abused. Does anyone seriously think that this will stop piracy? That they won't simply move to another country?

This is just a pretext for giving the government the authority to censor the internet. The corporations will abuse this like crazy, using the broadest interpretation of "infringement" they can. Probably also be used a revenge tool between entities like the patent trolls we see more and more of.

Once the mechanism is in place for censorship you can be sure the government itself will start blacklisting things they don't like. Probably with gag orders attached so no one knows what is being blacklisted. Just like warrantless wiretaps.

The American people oppose blacklists for a very good reason, this is just an attempt to use fancy wording to achieve the same ends.

Re:Scary (5, Insightful)

sirlark (1676276) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996040)

Piracy? What about the wikileaks payment embargo? Doing something like that to the next 'threat to national security' will not only be much easier, i.e. won't require voluntary action on the part of payment processors, but will also be legal and not open to challenge.

Re:Scary (3, Informative)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996164)

At least it's more honest than in Europe countries where politicians/lobbyists in several countries were using the fight against child abuse as a pretense for the implementation of such censorship systems.

Just look at Australia, where there's already rampant abuse of online filters which were introduced like that:
http://nocleanfeed.com/learn.html [nocleanfeed.com]

The list of material that will be banned under a mandatory filter is much broader than illegal child sexual abuse material. Based on previous decisions of the Classification Board, it includes:

        Information about euthanasia;
        Movies such as Ken Park or Baise-Moi;
        Books such as Join the Caravan and Defence of the Muslim Lands
        Many, many computer games, because Australia lacks an R18+ rating, although the filter will not immediately ban such games.

Items that have been banned because they 'promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence' include things such as:

        A satirical article title "The Art of Shoplifting" in a student newspaper (see libertus.net's summary of the case).
        A computer game that features "an amateur graffiti artist [...] who uses graffiti and tagging as a way to protest the corrupt Dystopic city of New Radius, in a future world where freedom of expression is suppressed by a tyrannical, Orwellian city government" (wikipedia) because it "provided elements of promotion of the crime of graffiti." (see libertus.net's summary of the decision).

Re:Scary (2)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996172)

European countries, asian countries, ...
It's a worldwide problem.

Actually, I'm surprised it took the country, which brought you the search for Iraqui WMD, Homeland "Security" and our favorite TSA gropers, this long.

Re:Scary (1)

Jarryd98 (1677746) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996664)

Blacklisting of the highlighted example (digital) items via the internet filter was never enacted in practice, other than during selective trials - as far as I'm aware.

It's important to remember that plans to introduce national filtering were first publicly announced mid-way through Labor's past term. The policy was quietly shelved (albeit not indefinitely - Conroy became less vocal in regards to promoting the policy) during the later stages of Labor's re-election campaign.

It's still a significant threat. Labor likely realised such policy would lose them a portion of (not so insignificant) youth votes. Expect it to quietly emerge again at some point.

Re:Scary (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996248)

It could make piracy substantially harder, or at least that piracy that uses centralised websites like torrents. Those sites take money to run, which typically comes either from advertising or user donations. A financial blacklist means no US company can transfer money to them, which means that unless they have a sponsor willing to foot the entire bill they can't operate. Worked on Wikileaks - currently unable to raise funds because it just isn't possible for supporters to send money.

Re:Scary (2)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996312)

The American people oppose blacklists for a very good reason, this is just an attempt to use fancy wording to achieve the same ends.

The American people oppose black lists? What makes you think that? Pretty sure there aren't many Americans who have thought through the advantages and disadvantages of blacklists and whitelists, and I don't mean that as a criticism.

Re:Scary (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37996756)

Why you US folk still haven't killed some senators or congress men is beyond me.
I thought your constitution specifically allowed you to keep guns for that very purpose?

Patriots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37995916)

It is time to rise.

IP Blacklists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37996030)

Companies like Microsoft and Cisco are already using blacklists and reputation scores. If you end there by error just try to find out why (using their privacy policies) and see how far you get.

China (2)

RazorSharp (1418697) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996652)

At some point, one begins to wonder what's worse -- the Chinese government being upfront about their censorship and their belief that the government is more important than the people whom it governs; or the Americans and Europeans and Australians who pass these laws in the name of liberty? If totalitarianism must be implemented, isn't it worse with the doublespeak?

At least the Chinese method of honesty fashions a disciplined citizenship whereas this western Orwellianism depends on fools who believe the definition of a word is its antonym. And thus begins the Idiotocracy. China's starting to look not so bad.

Re:China (1)

jojoba_oil (1071932) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001964)

the Chinese government being upfront about their censorship

You don't actually think the Chinese government goes out of their way to tell the Chinese people that they're being censored, do you? Most Chinese people don't know that they're being censored, and frankly don't care.

Re:China (1)

RazorSharp (1418697) | more than 2 years ago | (#38006840)

But if you told the ones who don't know that they're being censored, do you think they would be surprised? Many probably wouldn't even understand the moral complaint regarding censorship (e.g. - if people can say whatever they want, then they can lie, slander, mislead, etc. - all governments partake in censorship, it's just a matter of to what degree).

If tomorrow Wikileaks reveals some nefarious action by the NSA that no one knew about, would you be surprised? At this point, would anyone but a vocal minority even be outraged?

Re:China (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003050)

What the fuck? "Disciplined citizenship"? Where the hell did that dumbass idea come from? Chinese hate their government, they are fully convinced it's shit (and they're right). Hundreds of millions of Chinese would move to the West tomorrow, if they could only get visas and there wasn't an inconvenient ocean in the way (Mexico FTW!)

China doesn't look so bad, eh? Why don't you come here and live under a real, live totalitarian government? Oh, you won't be doing that, right? What a fuckin' surprise.

Re:China (1)

RazorSharp (1418697) | more than 2 years ago | (#38006752)

Why don't you come here and live in Gary, Indiana? Oh, you won't be doing that, right? What a fuckin' surprise.

While I still love my good 'old U.S. of A., it is facing a rapid decline, whereas China is still the fastest growing economy in the world.

btw, 'disciplined citizenship' means that less crimes are committed. In America, crime is a burgeoning culture and has been since the 20s. We incarcerate far more people than China does - both in total numbers and percentage-wise. Nothing says freedom quite like prison.

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/world/americas/23iht-23prison.12253738.html?pagewanted=all [nytimes.com]

Blacklists (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996688)

Would the content of the blacklists be public?

Re:Blacklists (3, Funny)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 2 years ago | (#37997440)

"Would the content of the blacklists be public?"

As public as the no-fly list.

Re:Blacklists (1)

cpghost (719344) | more than 2 years ago | (#37997866)

Likely not. How else would the powers that be abuse the system to silence dissent?

Submit a blacklist (1)

God Of Atheism (1003892) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996906)

If private companies are encouraged to provide candidates for the blacklists, then why not start with submitting a list including all the MAFIAA companies and the US political party (the differences between the two main parties in the US are so small that they should be seen as the single party of the US).

Re:Submit a blacklist (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999788)

(the differences between the two main parties in the US are so small that they should be seen as the single party of the US).

What utter nonsense!

The Demoblicans are nothing like the Republicrats!

Cyberpunk is Now (3, Insightful)

RazorSharp (1418697) | more than 2 years ago | (#37996940)

Things like this make it seem like the 'cyberpunk' dystopias of William Gibson novels are quickly becoming reality. Laws have some eerie parallels with with alcohol prohibition. The word 'escalation' comes to mind.

Gordon: What about escalation?

Batman: Escalation?

Gordon: We start carrying semi-automatics and they buy automatics. We start wearing kevlar, they buy armor-piercing rounds.

Batman: Yeah?

Gordon: And you're wearing a mask. Jumping off rooftops.

This is why Gibson's newer novels take place in the present rather than the future. Professional scammers, Anonymous, Wikileaks . . . an escalation of black hats, grey hats, and white hats respectively. Pieces of legislation like this won't do much to curb piracy but they will cause further escalation. Create a new class of criminals - ones much worse than current black hats, but ones the black hats will come to depend on. All of a sudden Neuromancer doesn't seem all that unrealistic.

Re:Cyberpunk is Now (1)

cpghost (719344) | more than 2 years ago | (#37997884)

Interestingly, dystopian stories are often a useful predictor of things yet to come in real life. Maybe because those stories are based on seeds that are ALREADY planted in society, just waiting to come out. Or, said another way, every society carries the seeds of its own destruction, just like a dormant virus. Dystopian stories are an early warning sign of that disease.

Re:Cyberpunk is Now (1)

dead_cthulhu (1928542) | more than 2 years ago | (#38009104)

Or maybe governments are just using them as instruction manuals.

How many jobs will this cost? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37996988)

As DNS providers, search engines, etc, all restructure their business so that their offices or whatever do not fall under US jurisdiction, how many US jobs will that cost due to money/profits that never come ashore in the USA?

For example, why not move Google HQ to Ireland or just shut down the Google-plex in Mountain View entirely? That ought to wake up a politician or two...

Oh wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37998004)

Every couple weeks I see an article like this and think that the U.S. government must be asking themselves "What would China do".

Files Sharing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37998140)

How different is file sharing online than recording your favorite TV program, radio song, or photocopying pages out of a library book?

My point is...go after the individuals that initially uploaded the copyrighted materials, not the people finding the materials already being shared online.

SOPA (1)

Meneth (872868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37998930)

This word just so happens to be the singular form of "garbage" in Swedish [wiktionary.org] .

Chuck (1)

rjejr (921275) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999306)

I think we need a bill supporting more piracy if NBC / Warner can't even get their free OTA tv program online somewhere. Which begs the question - if it's given away freely, is it really stealing? I pay for cable, I pay for my tv, I pay for the electric, I pay for my broadband internet, I pay real estate taxes to live in the US to be able to view these shows, and now I miss 1 episode of Chuck free on tv Friday night so now I have to become a criminal. Screw you all.

SOPA - the 21st century's weapon for MaFIA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38001334)

SOPA in Bulgarian means fighting stick. It is the Bulgarian equivalent of a baseball bat. A pretty well selected weapon for the movie and studio MaFIA.
I wander who comes up with those abbreviations and whether they really try to hide their motives.

Help stop SOPA here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38001674)

https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173 - The EFF's automated letter to Congress. Sign it. Send it.

Write the Senators, voices are heard. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38001776)

Write your Senators. When voices are heard most Senators will listen.

Their job is to get re-elected. When enough voters complain, they act [to get re-elected].

If you don't want SOPA, send "Vote against SOPA"; they will know. If you don't want it write the other "Vote for SOPA". Either way, thousands of voices trump the few lobbyists, as dollars don't vote, people do.

First on list: www.house.gov (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38004132)

Fine. If blacklisting is what they want, how 'bout if all private corporations and individuals just drop 96.17.15.155 and 23.3.105.16 into their blacklists?

Hmmm... (1)

snowshell (2495332) | more than 2 years ago | (#38014576)

There are unfortunately legal precedents that establish clearly that ignorance of the law is not a defense. In this case, it means that if you downloaded an illegal file, hacked commercial application, cracked DVD movie, or whatever, you are indeed guilty of an illegal act and can, theoretically at least and thusly liable for prosecution. Part of the problem is that some of the tasks you can do on your computer are indeed considered illegal, even if common sense suggests that they should be perfectly legal and fair. For example, if I buy a DVD, it is unclear to me why it's illegal for me to copy it to my laptop so I can watch it while I travel. Or if I buy an album from the iTunes Store or copy one I already own on CDR, then why can't I convert that data into a format that will work on my non-Apple mp3 player. Both of those are illegal and one of the big issues that people will be debating for years is this very topic of "fair use" versus "digital rights management".
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