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SOPA & PIPA Technical Examination

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Category: Digital Media, Legal

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19 Responses to “Technical Examination SOPA & PIPA”

  1. dbrodess says:

    Alibaba.com, the presumptive rescuer of its corporate parent Yahoo is the biggest facilitator of counterfeit items in the world. Exercise: 1) think of any product name or description. 2) Go to Alibaba.com & type that into their search feature. 3) see tens or hundreds of offers from Chinese trading companies and factories to sell you counterfeit items. Many of the postings come from their “gold members” or “preferred providers.” Alibaba refuses to stop serial counterfeiters or to use simple screening software after being notified from a registered IP owner (TMs or Copyrights for the most part) that there are offending items on their site. EBay and Amazon are similarly guilty.

  2. Greg0658 says:

    on this issue the one thing I don’t want to see ignored is:
    the spiderness of the www and the ability of its nooks & crannies (embedded in code)

    1> false flag operations & hidden thefts (wanna see the MFGlobal investigation)
    2> maybe another thing we’re missing – the web was built & paid for w/purpose / not really for the rabble tho

    cause your blind if you don’t see the cobwebs taking over the place

  3. VennData says:

    Another “technically-minded” Tea Partier who was a sponsor of PIPA flip flops…

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/sen-marco-rubio-drops-support-of-pipa-a-bill-he-co-sponsored/

    …Marco Rubio, leading the Tea Partiers in their grab for political donations from Hollywood… er… a… long and illustrious scientific, freedom-oriented traditions.

    Save the right to make money on Brittany Spears and boys bands for all time!

  4. NoKidding says:

    Greg0658, I’ve read your message three times and I have no idea what you’re trying to communicate.

    In the battle of the competent versus the bureaucratic, I expect the competent to win by getting what they want, and the bureaucratic to win by redefining their objectives and marketing the outcome. Everybody wins.

  5. decius says:

    The basic procedural demands being raised by opponents of sopa sound like the kinds of things that advocates of basic democratic rights would demand of a totalitarian dictatorship. (From the link below):

    Involve all stakeholders: The public has a serious stake in Internet issues and needs meaningful participation…

    Open drafting: We need to work on principles in public, then move towards legislation…

    Hold real hearings: Everyone knows that hearings aren’t actually a way for representatives to learn about issues, but the House Judiciary Committee didn’t have to prove it so obviously…

    Adversarial process: A cornerstone of the US legal system has been adversarial hearings—the chance to listen to your opponent and challenge what he says…

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/post-sopa-the-path-forward-for-addressing-piracy.ars

  6. ToNYC says:

    More laws without maximum buy-in breeds disrespect for existing laws. Gresham’s Law proves the scum also rises as does the cream. Government players will fix it until it breaks and call for new laws to gain for themselves what eviscerated rights remain from their interposition. The fires is always burning at he periphery, and the vigilence makes the people safe.
    Great illustration af another miracle and perfect fix on paper that will be used as a tool to protect the powerful against the rung-climbers. Thanks for sharing it out to the voters to remind their representatives
    to find another job to undertake. They are supremely unqualified to control what they don’t understasnd without millions of dollars of Enterainment business educational aids and drafting suggestions.

  7. Bob A says:

    one would think it could (and would) be interpreted to make virtually every ipod, pmp and smartphone in the world subject to search and confiscation for illegally obtained music, video or any other copy right material.

  8. Greg0658 says:

    I try not to ignore a thread when I post a thought .. so Kid
    (not sure how old you are and when you entered the computer code’g world & I’m no supergeek*)
    so next that comment had multiple levels of digs @stuff
    then maybe I’d explain myself more from a Wiki online encyclopedia point of view on the ability to change the simple wording of historical facts in that type of entry – I am a huge fan of the traceability – with hot subjects they can go round’n’round and then must be idled into the archives for the kids of 2112
    (if it survives that mountain of bits)

    * I learned/coded in BASIC/DOS6.2 (still have a fav in use) then came the code routines of Windows3.1 & beyond and I became lost in attempting to use the machine for __ as opposed to designing its code .. so I sorta get it / I hope that helps understanding peek poke addresses across a vast cloud sphere

  9. streeteye says:

    so the sequence of events is

    - Big Picture commenter posts a link to pirated content
    -> site is US directed, is facilitating piracy
    -> SWAT teams break down the door, we see BR in a picture like this – http://gothamist.com/2012/01/20/police_discovered_megaupload_founde.php

    We wouldn’t want that to happen, would we?

    As an aside, it seems to me Megaupload was operating in a gray area, sort of where YouTube was when they started, ostensibly for legitimate sharing of user-generated content, in fact gaining much of its popularity from pirated material. And they didn’t need SOPA to dispatch the SWAT teams to New Zealand.

  10. Greg0658 says:

    good one BobA – hadn’t thought of that one – and the SS doesn’t even have to pull you over – just get within wi-fi distance – and that distance is a false statement

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  12. Sunny129 says:

    twisted justice in SOPA

    -uploading Michal Jackson’s copy righted cd/dvd gets you 5 years in jail

    vs

    - Killing Michal Jackson ( his doctor) gets 4 years!

    you figure?

  13. sabre_jenn says:

    SOPA is about corruption. It was written at the behest of Chris Dodd, former Senator from CT and now Motion Picture Asssoc of America CEO. You may wonder how being a corrupt senator (AIG, Countrywide, etc) would make one qualified to run a movie business… it doesn’t. But being a corrupt senator definitely makes one qualified to use political corruption to extort money out of internet companies that are threatening the movie establishment CEOs.

  14. Stan Klein says:

    Former senator Dodd appeared on Morning Joe and was asked his opinion of the Wyden-Issa OPEN bill. OPEN addresses the problem without tampering with the internet. It uses the International Trade Commission to investigate foreign sites and block payment to the perpetrators behind infringing sites. IIRC, he said it was unacceptable because of something about payment systems moving offshore. I think his argument was specious because the money has to somehow leave the US and can be blocked from moving to an offshore payment system.

    The problem is that the entertainment industry uses technology (digital and otherwise) to advance their businesses. But when they do, any related technology they can’t control becomes threatening to their business models. So they move to control all technology related to theirs. This has been going on for years and needs to be ended. They need to continuously adapt their business models to the advance of technology. They have done so when forced, and eventually found it profitable. For example, they bitterly fought the VCR and then made lots of money selling pre-recorded tapes. They simply need to develop a new business paradigm of continuous adaptation.

  15. Greg0658 says:

    Interesting story on the MegaUpLoad compound. Video brought to you by an array of newsfeeds including Reuters, CNN, Time, HuffPo, AOL 3News.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/21/kim-dotcom-megaupload-arrest_n_1220491.html

    Turn of coincidence that this episode aired last week on the 15th.
    http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_good_wife/video/2186658794/the-good-wife-bitcoin-for-dummies
    Similar in big picture concept but with a twist, BitCoin is an internet cash token and is accused of creating an illegal digital currency that can be spun into the real (well) green.

  16. philipat says:

    1. The Megaupload case raises some interesting legal questions wrt Prior restraint and the legitimate property rights of those who were legitimately using the locker service to share and work on documents etc.

    2.Doessn’t it also put the whole “Cloud storage” model into question if backup and proprietory data can be rendered inaccesible at the whim of the Government?

  17. philipat says:

    Also, is the Grand Jury system in the US being used as intended or misused by an out of control State?

  18. raholco says:

    The timing between the shunting of SOPA/PROTECT-IP and the Megaupload takedown is fascinating-and proves that the aformentioned legislation wasn’t required at all. Like a dragnet, many non-infringing Megaupload users are screwed-and should give serious pause on the mad rush to deploy anything that smacks of ‘cloud computing’-ya just never know when you cloud service provider will go dark without warning, courtesy the Feds.

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