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We post our IPv4 address (also referred to as a "dotted quad" or IP address) as a sort of insurance policy. Recent events have proven that a government agency or a malicious hacker can fairly easily seize or hijack a domain name. This has already happened to at least 75 U.S. web sites without due process of law. Their DNS records were changed, essentially erasing them from the "phone books of the Internet." Also see this article: U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’ To insure against this, we are distributing our IPv4 address.
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), the only member of Congress present at the hearing with any tech experience, having founded several web companies, introduced two amendments: one to exclude universities and non-profits from being subject do having to shut down their own domain servers if accused of piracy under SOPA, and the other to exempt dynamic IP addresses, such as those found on web-enabled printers. Both were voted down.
Polis pointed out that SOPA and Smith’s amendment already excluded certain operators of sub-domains, such as GoDaddy.com, from being subject to shutdowns under SOPA.
“If companies like GoDaddy.com are exempt, why aren’t non-commercial domain servers exempt?” Polis asked.
Originally posted by MollyStewart
reply to post by Basilisk
Copyright infringement is in place to stop other people reproducing your work for monetary gain or without the creator's approval, be it music, songs or the written word.
Copyright infringement is a crime but file sharing is NOT. If I share files on my pc with others how is that copyright infringement? I can lend a cd I own to someone else so if I rip that to my hard drive and share it with someone else for their personal use, it is hardly theft since I purchased the cd.
I am also free to lend my own books to people I know without fear of copyright infringement.
I think this new bill has little to do with cyber infringement and crime and everything to do with control.
Originally posted by 1loserel2
reply to post by Druid42
Little by little in increments we are losing our rights and freedom under the guise of cyber crimes