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 Oct 5 - Stop the Internet Blacklist! - Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act
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When it really matters to them, Congressmembers can come together -- with a panache and wry wit you didn't know they had. As banned books week gets underway, and President Obama admonishes oppressive regimes for their censorship of the Internet, a group of powerful Senators -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- have signed onto a bill that would vastly expand the government's power to censor the Internet.

The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) was introduced just one week ago, but it's greased and ready to move, with a hearing in front of the Judiciary Committee this Thursday. If people don't speak out, US citizens could soon find themselves joining Iranians and Chinese in being blocked from accessing broad chunks of the public Internet.


Help us stop this bill in its tracks! Click here to sign our petition.

COICA creates two blacklists of Internet domain names. Courts could add sites to the first list; the Attorney General would have control over the second. Internet service providers and others (everyone from Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the first list. They would also receive immunity (and presumably the good favor of the government) if they block domains on the second list.

The lists are for sites "dedicated to infringing activity," but that's defined very broadly -- any domain name where counterfeit goods or copyrighted material are "central to the activity of the Internet site" could be blocked.

One example of what this means in practice: sites like YouTube could be censored in the US. Copyright holders like Viacom often argue copyrighted material is central to the activity of YouTube, but under current US law, YouTube is perfectly legal as long as they take down copyrighted material when they're informed about it -- which is why Viacom lost to YouTube in court.

But if COICA passes, Viacom wouldn't even need to prove YouTube is doing anything illegal to get it shut down -- as long as they can persuade the courts that enough other people are using it for copyright infringement, the whole site could be censored.

Perhaps even more disturbing: Even if Viacom couldn't get a court to compel censorship of a YouTube or a similar site, the DOJ could put it on the second blacklist and encourage ISPs to block it even without a court order. (ISPs have ample reason to abide the will of the powerful DOJ, even if the law doesn't formally require them to do so.)

COICA's passage would be a tremendous blow to free speech on the Internet -- and likely a first step towards much broader online censorship. Please help us f!ght back: The first step is signing our petition. We'll give you the tools to share it with your friends and call your Senator.
David Segal: Stop the Internet Blacklist

Americans: sign petition to f!ght Great Firewall of the USA - Boing Boing

Hollywood wants to censor the Internet, and Congress is on board - Dan Gillmor - Salon.com

Post Tech - Internet pioneers protest Senate anti-piracy bill

Stop the Internet Blacklist! | Demand Progress
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What happened to Freedom? I'm starting to realize it was only intended for the Rich.
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to sign the petition:

first name
last name
email
zip code

cus enough sites don't have my info :frown:
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palogee said:
What happened to Freedom? I'm starting to realize it was only intended for the Rich.
internet is a privilege not a right, you aren't entitled to s**t when it comes to the internet, you pay for it, you don't get complete freedom with it.

you never have and you never will, people need to stop acting like the world owes them something and that they are entitled to everything
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Freedom Is Gone. America Is Done Been Done.
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IronMaiden said:
internet is a privilege not a right, you aren't entitled to s**t when it comes to the internet, you pay for it, you don't get complete freedom with it.

you never have and you never will, people need to stop acting like the world owes them something and that they are entitled to everything
and is created and ran by US..American Citizens..Not the government..How is it a privilege? The government didnt create the internet..
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IronMaiden said:
internet is a privilege not a right, you aren't entitled to s**t
Neither is the government.


IronMaiden said:
when it comes to the internet, you pay for it, you don't get complete freedom with it. you never have and you never will
Since private companies provide the service, it is supposed to come with both business and Constitutional freedom.

When the government comes in and sets forth "regulations" to set how it is to be operated, both the people and private business lose their freedoms in one fail swoop.


IronMaiden said:
people need to stop acting like the world owes them something and that they are entitled to everything


But use of the Internet is more complicating than that.

The FCC wants to establish an "Internet-for-all" program (a nationalized Internet service), and force Web 2.0 upon both public and private IT networks.

If you don't know about Web 2.0, you should look it up.
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bornleader said:
and is created and ran by US..American Citizens..Not the government..How is it a privilege? The government didnt create the internet..
It IS a privilege, in that it is not guaranteed by the Constitution, therefore does not allow the government to make sure you or anyone else has it.

Since it is a privilege, the government does not have the authority to "regulate" it in any way.

But that hasn't stopped the government before, has it?
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Screwhead said:
It IS a privilege, in that it is not guaranteed by the Constitution, therefore does not allow the government to make sure you or anyone else has it.

Since it is a privilege, the government does not have the authority to "regulate" it in any way.

But that hasn't stopped the government before, has it?
ok yeah well it makes sense it that perspective...And I agree in that sense..Things are just getting tighter and tighter by the day..They wanna control everything..And stick their hands into every pot ...Just got a ticket for not wearing my seatbelt..Now you cant use your phone..Next will be you cant pick your nose and drive..Next thing is you can only look straight forward and drive..

Same thing with the internet if we allow them to come in and regulate it and control it the way they want it will be a disaster..If they dont like your blog..Shut it down..There are already seizing domain names..Then they can control which sites you visit and so forth and so on

People will justify it by saying its for are own security which in the long run it hurts us..We are all gonna be mindless drones eventually..A nation of fat pigs who can think or speak for ourselves who are all hooked on prescription drugs and big macs..
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You motherf**king fear mongering sonsofb**ches got me dieing
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lol freedom to pirate... lmfao ok.
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The thing is this. When people break the law then thy begin to regulate. So illegal downloading and pirating with music. Then child pr0n sharing and fraud. They step in to protect people and companies rights. They are being abused and it's wrong. Downloading an mp3 is the same as walking out of walmart with a candy bar u didn't pay for. Not saying it's right but when people are violating others and causing problems they feel they need to react
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Sammyboi22 said:
The thing is this. When people break the law then thy begin to regulate. So illegal downloading and pirating with music. Then child pr0n sharing and fraud. They step in to protect people and companies rights. They are being abused and it's wrong. Downloading an mp3 is the same as walking out of walmart with a candy bar u didn't pay for. Not saying it's right but when people are violating others and causing problems they feel they need to react
No it is not the same stop it.
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Sammyboi22 said:
The thing is this. When people break the law then thy begin to regulate. So illegal downloading and pirating with music. Then child pr0n sharing and fraud. They step in to protect people and companies rights. They are being abused and it's wrong. Downloading an mp3 is the same as walking out of walmart with a candy bar u didn't pay for. Not saying it's right but when people are violating others and causing problems they feel they need to react
last time I checked everything on this site was free right?
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bornleader said:
last time I checked everything on this site was free right?
Yeah. But u steal the new ms office from link somewhere and the site hosting it is contributing to theft. So it's stealing. A site hostig Child pr0n is an accessory. So these are the reason it's gonna get regulated. People think they have the right to steal s**t. Not the case at all.
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Yeah. But u steal the new ms office from link somewhere and the site hosting it is contributing to theft. So it's stealing. A site hostig Child pr0n is an accessory. So these are the reason it's gonna get regulated. People think they have the right to steal s**t. Not the case at all.
ok so all parties are guilty..The hosting site..The forum (boxden) and the uploader..Right? So everyone on here is guilty..And those bulls**t "third party" disclaimers are a cop out..
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Basically they won't shut down Cnet.com or yahoo. Etc. They will shut down sharing sites and ones like 4chan that just have useless s**t and download links. It's just gonna block the illegal s**t for the most part I guarantee
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They can't stop just certain sites they dislike, google is the best site for finding downloading links .
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The illusion of freedom [in America] will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater. - Frank Zappa
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Frank Zappa was a musician in progressive Rock and alternative jazz wasn't he?
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