United States of Piracy – Part II

The Stop Online Piracy Act is good?

For Tony Bradley it is exactly the opposite, for him this Law “…threatens the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens

And he is not alone.

The guy´s from “The Tom’s Hardware Team” wrote in their blog a briefly summary of the effects that the law would have and gave an example how it would affect their work.

  • Assign liability to site owners for everything users post, without consideration for whether or not the user posted without permission. Site owners could face jail time or heavy fines, and DNS blacklisting.
  • It would require web services like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to monitor and aggressively filter everything all users upload.
  •  It would deny site owners due process of law, by initiating a DNS blacklisting based solely on a good faith assertion by an individual copyright or intellectual property owner.

As an example, imagine a user posts a video clip to the Tom’s Community of a step-by-step guide on how to set up water cooling on an overclocked i7 CPU. Playing in the background behind the voiceover is “Derezzed” by Daft Punk. The studio representing Daft Punk could issue a complaint, without being required to notify us or request a take-down. Tom’s Hardware would be liable and prosecuted solely on a good faith assertion of the copyright owner, without notification, with the site operators subject to possible jail time for not preventing the video from being posted. In short order, the http://www.tomshardware.com/ domain in the United States would no longer resolve to our servers and visitors attempting to come to Tom’s Hardware would be redirected to a “This site under review for piracy/copyright violations” page.

To prevent that the Team would have to review and approve every single new post (every new thread, every new response etc.), before it can get published. And even then, there is the possibility of not caught violations of copyright, like a paragraph of a book for example.

For them the SOPA, with this massive restrictions on user-generated contend, is a fundamentally change the way information is presented online. They also say that “would give the U.S. government the power to selectively censor the web using techniques similar to those used in China, Malaysia and Iran.

And people like Sergey Brin, Google co-founder agrees to such kind of statement.
Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone, Twitter co-founders, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman even take the extra step and say that law would give improper “power to censor the Web.”

These companies are already taking steps against the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Nuclear option

And there are thinking about what Declan McCullagh called a “political equivalent of a nuclear option.”
A total blackout of their pages for one day.

Stay tuned for Part III


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