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    AXJ : SOPA PIRACY BILL IS CENSORSHIP AND VIOLATES THE 1ST AMENDMENT

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    AXJ : SOPA PIRACY BILL IS CENSORSHIP AND VIOLATES THE 1ST AMENDMENT

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    AXJ : SOPA PIRACY BILL IS CENSORSHIP AND VIOLATES THE 1ST AMENDMENT



    AXJ USA NEWS
    01-21-2011
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    On January 20, 2012, Rep. Lamar Smith postponed plans to draft the bill, saying "The committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation ... The House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution." -WIKI

    AXJ USA NEWS
    12-26-2011
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    GODADDY LOSES 21,000 DOMAINS AND STOPS SUPPORTING SOPA




    SOPA/PIPA Explained; GoDaddy loses 21,000 domains and stops supporting SOPA

    Michael Foley December 26, 2011

    SOPA/PIPA Explained; GoDaddy loses 21,000 domains and stops supporting SOPA

    Late last week saw the domain registrar Go Daddy lose over 21,000 domains. Why did this happen to a service which was doing pretty well for itself for so long? In an acronym, SOPA.

    Go Daddy along with several other organizations, most notably the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, was in support of the controversial “Stop Online Piracy Act” or SOPA. But due to the growing community of opposition to the bill, coupled with a boycott of Go Daddy, forced the web hosting company’s CEO Warren Adelman to make a public announcement stating that its would end its support of the bill until “when and if the Internet community supports it.”

    All this was thanks to an anti-Go Daddy thread on Reddit and Godaddyboycott.org. The latter was set up specifically to let people point out their disapproval of the company’s stance on the bill.

    But what is all the fuss about? Well, SOPA, along with PIPA (Protect IP Act) are bills that were introduced to congress this fall and would make it easier for the Justice Department, and copyright holders, to shut down websites allegedly dedicated to piracy. This bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted material a crime, punishable with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. And while you might agree that there needs to be some policy in place to protect copyrighted material online (as I do,) this is not the bill to do it.

    First, its main goal, to stop piracy, would not even be achieved as Edward Black (president and CEO of the Computer and Communications Industry Association) noted in the Huffington Post that “it would do little to stop actual pirate websites, which could simply reappear hours later under a different name, if their numeric web addresses aren’t public even sooner. Anyone who knows or has that web address would still be able to reach the offending website.” But more importantly, it is a slippery slope to begin censoring the internet, a terrible thing to happen to a country which prides itself on its right to freedom of speech. And I’d like to note how strange it is that congress is even considering this bill after criticizing China for having a censored internet.

    Other problems that would stem from the bill if it should pass would include a degradation of cyber security due to the harmful process of enforcing the law, hurting the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC,) and the negative impact it would have on the only part of the US economy giving it an edge; the tech industry and web-related startups.

    But perhaps the greatest threat is to websites that rely on user generated content. Sites like YouTube and Facebook would be put in the awkward position of having to police their sites or be branded a pirating websites and thus be shut down. And if they are moderated and policed, they are effectively no longer the YouTube and Facebook we’ve grown to know and love.

    Both these bills, although delayed are very much still alive in congress and will be discussed and put up to a vote once congress returns from its winter recess. To find out more information on the bills that Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, Wikimedia Foundation, Reporters Without Borders, ACLU and Human Rights Watch are all opposing and the issues at stake, please take a few minutes to watch the video below and go to FightForTheFuture.org to sign a petition opposing the bills that will be sent to your representative.

    Source: http://tech.pnosker.com/2011/12/26/sopa-pip-explained-godaddy-loses-21000-domains-and-stops-supporting-sopa/


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    ACTION FOR JUSTICE ( AXJ ) steps in and asks all Americans to stop this bill in it's tracks since according to the Law of the Land the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution does not permit Congress to discuss any legislation which could curtail Free Speech.

    AXJ has created the following website on Facebook to get support from around the USA in real time:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/AXJ-STOP-SOPA-The-Stop-Online-Piracy-Act-SOPA/187816801304420?sk=wall

    The First Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. The Amendment states:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    The Supreme Court applied the incorporation principle to the right of free speech with the case of Gitlow v. New York in 1925. This decision applied First Amendment speech rights to state laws as well as federal ones.

    Tech giants say SOPA piracy bill is 'draconian'[/size]



    By Julianne Pepitone @CNNMoneyTech

    November 16, 2011: 6:10 PM ET

    Tech giants say SOPA piracy bill is 'draconian'

    Tech companies say Congress' anti-piracy bills are 'draconian' and 'deeply flawed.'

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A proposed new bill intended to combat online piracy has sparked a giant backlash from big tech companies, including Google and Facebook, who say the proposals are far too strict and rife with unintended consequences.

    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which was introduced in the House of Representatives in late October, aims to crack down on copyright and trademark issues. Its targets include "rogue" foreign sites like torrent hub The Pirate Bay.

    Protecting content is a worthy goal, but here's the flip side: Opponents say SOPA -- and a similar bill called the Protect IP Act that is making its way through the Senate -- effectively promotes censorship.

    If SOPA passes, copyright holders would be able to complain to law enforcement officials and get websites shut down. The law would also force intermediaries like search engines and payment processors to withhold their services from targeted websites.

    That would be quite a change from the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which mandates that companies "act in good faith" to remove content that infringes on copyrights and other intellectual property laws.

    Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) executive chairman Eric Schmidt called the bill "draconian" during a speech in Boston on Tuesday.

    Google and other tech behemoths -- AOL (AOL), eBay (EBAY, Fortune 500), Facebook, LinkedIn (LNKD), Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) and Zynga -- also lodged a formal complaint on Tuesday in the form of a letter sent to key Senate and House lawmakers.

    "We support the bills' stated goals," the letter reads. "Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities [and] mandates that would require monitoring of web sites."

    The companies are asking Congress to "consider more targeted ways to combat foreign 'rogue' websites."

    SOPA's critics -- some of the Internet's most heavily trafficked sites -- launched an awareness campaign on Wednesday. Hundreds of sites adopted black "STOP CENSORSHIP" logos, including BoingBoing, Reddit and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    One site tried to annoy consumers into action. Blogging site Tumblr blacked out words in its content feeds, and a message at the top of users' dashboards read: "Stop The Law That Will Censor The Internet!"

    "Congress is holding hearings today and will soon pass a bill empowering corporations to censor the Internet unless you tell them no," Tumblr wrote in a post Wednesday, calling the bills "well-intentioned but deeply flawed."

    Meanwhile, SOPA has drawn support from groups including the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, which say that online piracy leads to job loss.

    Proponents of the bill dismiss accusations of censorship.

    The legislation would "[prevent] those who engage in criminal behavior from reaching directly into the U.S. market," Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, who introduced the bill, said in a statement Wednesday. "We cannot continue a system that allows criminals to disregard our laws."

    Source: ttp://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2011/11/sopa-internet-piracy-bill-criticized-as-internet-censorship/

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