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Lawmakers seems to believe that if you put the term "Cyber" together with scary terms like "war," "terror," and "security" that you can get the power you need to pass bills and enable new powers for the government. The same tactics were employed quite unsuccessfully with SOPA and PIPA, bills that used words like "theft," "copyright infringement," "piracy," and "counterfeiting" to fight against supposed international crime. ACTA used some of those same terms, and threw "counterfeit or illegal pharmaceutical drugs" to scare people.
Rep. Darrell Issa (left) and Sen. Ron Wyden tell the audience at the Personal Democracy Forum that an Internet Bill of Rights would protect users from censorship. Click on the photo to watch tape of the interview. (Credit: Screenshot by Greg Sandoval/CNET)
You'd think that the proponents of SOPA [ 1 ] would give up that legislative dead parrot's ghost. But they're still doing the rounds on radio and in print, claiming that millions of Americans were 'duped' into opposing their harmless little internet censorship law. The fresh (!) talking points go like this: Wikipedia, Reddit, Boing Boing and others 'lied' to the public about what SOPA was in the crucial final moments, 'abused our power' by going dark for a day, and thereby tricked legislators and the public into turning on a much-needed new law. What rot.
Published time: February 09, 2012 20:30 Edited time: February 10, 2012 01:53 Internet pirates winning with war on copyright with new software "Tribler" The never-ending war between copyright holders and online pirates just entered a new phase. However, this time hackers are armed with the ultimate weapon that may grant them victory. The new software called “ Tribler ” is the new weapon in the battle for Internet liberty and does not need a website to track users sharing torrent files.
SOPA / PIPA
The Stop Online Piracy Act ( SOPA ) is a United States bill introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to combat online copyright infringement and online trafficking in counterfeit goods . Provisions include the requesting of court orders to bar advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with infringing websites, and search engines from linking to the websites, and court orders requiring Internet service providers to block access to the websites.
The PROTECT IP Act ( Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act , or PIPA ) is a proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to "rogue websites dedicated to the sale of infringing or counterfeit goods", especially those registered outside the U.S. [ 1 ] The bill was introduced on May 12, 2011, by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [ 2 ] and 11 bipartisan co-sponsors. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that implementation of the bill would cost the federal government $47 million through 2016, to cover enforcement costs and the hiring and training of 22 new special agents and 26 support staff. [ 3 ] The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill, but Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) placed a hold on it. [ 4 ] The PROTECT IP Act is a re-write of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), [ 5 ] which failed to pass in 2010.