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. © The Pop Cop. Tweets by @thepopcop Jan Why SOPA + PIPA spell trouble Look at their cute wee faces. The Music Alliance Pact (MAP) shares free music on the internet once a month through a network of blogs in more than 35 different nations. This is a wholly transparent and legitimate process, yet three Music Alliance Pact compilations fell foul of a United States copyright law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) last year. Revised 'Net censorship bill requires search engines to block sites, too. Surprise!
After months in the oven, the soon-to-be-released new version of a major US Internet censorship bill didn't shrink in scope—it got much broader. Under the new proposal, search engines, Internet providers, credit card companies, and ad networks would all have cut off access to foreign "rogue sites"—and such court orders would not be limited to the government. Private rightsholders could go to court and target foreign domains, too. As for sites which simply change their domain name slightly after being targeted, the new bill will let the government and private parties bring quick action against each new variation. Get ready for the "PROTECT IP Act. " Targeting Google A source in Washington provided Ars with a detailed summary of the PROTECT IP Act, which takes its acronym from "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property.
" SOPA Will Have Serious Implications For Sports Fans And Blogs. This is a guest post from Brian Frederick, Executive Director of the Sports Fans Coalition and an assistant professor at Georgetown University.
Congress is currently considering legislation that could seriously harm sports fans and their favorite sports websites. If sports fans don't speak up, some sports blogs could be shut down in the future for violating copyright or if users post links to sites that stream games online. Worse, those sports fans trying to find their favorite games streaming online will be more susceptible to identity theft and cyberattacks. The Stop Online Piracy Act (the Senate version is known as PROTECT IP) is the latest attempt to crack down on illegal pirating of movies and music and sites that stream television programming.
But this legislation is much more draconian than existing law -- greatly expanding the reach of the federal government . SOPA will also allow the Department of Justice to block those websites. UK Report Shows Futility Of US Anti-Piracy Law. Last week UK business secretary Vince Cable confirmed that the website blocking provisions put in place under the country’s controversial Digital Economy Act would be abandoned.
Communications regulator OFCOM had been asked to conduct a review to see if the system could work. Ultimately it found that the plans were unworkable. Parts of the report produced by OFCOM were censored by the UK government but those restrictions, ironically, were easily bypassed. The net result is that the uncensored report provides a pretty decent guide on how Internet users are expected to bypass future website blocks and how ‘pirate’ site operators will attempt to help them. We offer a summary below. What makes the assessment of OFCOM particularly interesting is that it shows how ineffective the anti-piracy plans of the US government are.
Measures Users Can Take To Bypass Website Blocking Measures — Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) The key to a VPN is that they hide a user’s traffic from their own ISP. Free Bieber: Vote no on S. 978. SOPA Cabana (by Dan Bull) The Day The LOLcats Died. Coders Are Already Finding Ways Around SOPA Censorship. A developer who calls himself T Rizk doesn't have much faith in Congress making the right decision on anti-piracy legislation, so he's built a work around for the impending censorship measures being considered: DeSOPA.
The Firefox add-on is stunningly simple as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would block specific domain names (e.g. www.thepiratebay.com) of allegedly infringing sites, T Rizk's lightweight tool allows you to revert to the bare internet protocol (IP) address (e.g. 188.8.131.52) which takes you to the same place. “I feel that the general public is not aware of the gravity of SOPA and Congress seems like they are about to cater to the special interests involved, to the detriment of Internet, for which I and many others live and breathe," T Rizk told the site TorrentFreak -- and you can pretty easily guess whose side they're on. If that doesn't work, TorrentFreak points to another developer-made anti-SOPA solution that's also in the works. Meanwhile, Rep.