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Draconian Anti-Piracy Censorship Bill Passes Senate Committee (PROTECT-IP Act)

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posted on May, 29 2011 @ 02:26 AM
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Today its BitTorrent and Pirate Bay
Tomorrow its Prison Planet and ATS

First they came for the hackers.
But I never did anything illegal with my computer,
so I didn't speak up.

Then they came for the pornographers.
But I thought there was too much smut on the Internet anyway,
so I didn't speak up

Then they came for the anonymous remailers.
But a lot of nasty stuff gets sent from anon.penet.fi,
so I didn't speak up.

Then they came for the encryption users.
But I could never figure out how to work PGP anyway,
so I didn't speak up.

Then they came for me.

And by that time there was no one left to speak up.




posted on May, 29 2011 @ 04:29 AM
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It's NOT about:
Whether LEGITIMATE copyright infringement or piracy is acceptable or not. I presume most already know that piracy, and the like, are criminal acts and breaking them can lead to fines, jail time and civil suits. So, I think all know piracy is a CRIME.

It's MORE about:
A loosely worded law being enacted (or in this case, online rights and liberties being taken away) that WILL lead to widespread ABUSE toward those that are NOT committing any piracy or copyright infringement, what-so-ever.

Also, more than likely, there will be little or no accountability or repercussions from wrongful or erroneous "policing" actions due to these newly enacted laws. Every persons online activity will be at risk of becoming monitored, taxed, fined, or worse. Even those not perpetrating piracy. Eventually most online liberties as well as privacy will be stripped away all together under the guise of "piracy" protection and regulation. It's like the future Patriot Act for the Internet.

I believe in LEGITIMATE copyright protection WHEN it is financed by the company who wishes to protect THEIR privately owned copyright materials through legal methods (subpoenas, etc). I do not believe taxpayer money and government resources should be used to assist private companies in protecting private assets. When did the US gov decide to start protecting private corporate assets (I.E. copyrights) instead of focusing on protecting a persons rights? Yes, the government is attempting to prevent a (non-violent) crime of piracy - yet I think there are more pressing issues that the diminishing US resources should be focused on.

NEWS: ICE Seizes Domains, Including Sites Not Hosting Pirated Content:

Actually the US Gov is already seizing domains that are not violating current piracy laws. Imagine what will happen when more aggressive "piracy" laws are passed?

www.digital-digest.com...

www.rawstory.com...
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posted on May, 29 2011 @ 05:15 AM
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Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
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If a rancher chooses to not find a way to corral their herds, is it the governments responsibility to write laws that account for his lack of protecting his property?


No but if thieves are using the road to the ranch to steal cattle then it's the governments job to police the roads.



posted on May, 29 2011 @ 08:03 AM
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I posted this a few days ago and evidently no one noticed.....

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on May, 29 2011 @ 09:36 AM
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Originally posted by buster2010

Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
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If a rancher chooses to not find a way to corral their herds, is it the governments responsibility to write laws that account for his lack of protecting his property?


No but if thieves are using the road to the ranch to steal cattle then it's the governments job to police the roads.



Well, that is debatable. Policing the roads is a job they have given themselves, but no where in the Constitution does the right to policed roads get stated.

Regardless, no one is hacking into Sony and stealing their music. And I am sure there is a private security firm protecting the area in front of their ranch. Your analogy doesn't seem to follow.



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