Why can't we have our cake and eat it too?
This bill is taking it to the extreme. This bill is taking away our FREEDOM.
Just because these other bills and laws are not enforced dosn't mean they never will be. The point being (at least IMO)
That once these bills are made into law,they will have the right to censor what we look at and visit on the web.
Even if they don't enforce it,the threat is still there.
I don't know about other people but,iam NOT comfortable in having my rights,freedom,and,privacy compromised by another entity.
[Edited by infinite_gamer, 11/18/2011 3:35:13 PM]
If you actually read the bill then you would know this:
A site will not be shut down if:
1. The primary goal of the site is not piracy.
2. The site's administration makes an active effort to remove piracy references.
If you knew basic networking then you would also know that it is not possible with today's algorithms to effectively remove piracy references with accuracy and speed (and this difficulty increases exponentially with larger user bases).
Way more information here:
TLDR: Please stop countering propaganda with more propaganda and read the damn bill (not what everyone is saying about the bill).
[Edited by Neo7, 11/18/2011 3:38:10 PM]
Freedom across the internet and software need to be in agreement with FOSS standards before it can actually exist:
Freedom 0: The freedom to run the program for any purpose.
Freedom 1: The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish.
Freedom 2: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
Freedom 3: The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements (and modified versions in general) to the public, so that the whole community benefits.
yes google would be affected and google has been very vocal about that and how they agree protect-ip/sopa are bad
Think of this analogy. You gave up freedom to be part of this website and use the trainers. In our Terms of Service, it states that the staff is in their full right to terminate any part of the service for any reason they want. Virtually every single website carries this one rule with them (Mark Zuckenburg can ban you from Facebook for the reason that he simply does not like you). Limitations to expression on the internet has always existed yet not everyone exercises it to that extent.
Taking the analogy further, this is similar to a few bad users getting a trainer retired because it's no longer a good investment to micromanage to benefit those who used it. Same thing is happening. Nobody is helping to solve the piracy problem leading to a runaway problem in which drastic measures need to be taken. Sure there's lots happy paying for software, but nobody is saying "look go and use free software if you don't want to pay".
This is the top list (probably outdated by now) of the most commonly pirated software. Few people actually know the alternatives other than go to a torrent site and download an illegal copy (and if you pirate anything on this list, you're a hypocrite to your own cause in my eyes):
You want to stop the companies from taking these drastic measures? The internet community needs to be taking an active effort to maintain the software ecosystem and direct people to the GNU software if they're unwilling or unable to pay. The more attention these alternatives get, the more they become the standards and thus getting rid of a huge incentive for why this bill came into place (because you cannot infringe on free software).
[Edited by Neo7, 11/18/2011 6:15:58 PM]
[Edited by Neo7, 11/18/2011 6:17:13 PM]