United States of Piracy – Part III

In this part I will state my own opinion and thought of this whole debate.

At my search for information’s and opinions I found Rob Holmes blog. As you know I found something “good” but his whole blog gave me also some good laughs. One of my favorite was as he refers to himself and the other supports of the SOPA as “We were regular working joes“.

Excuse me? Regular working joes?

The bill is supported by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). And no one can tell me that these kind of organizations and the other supporters are “regular working joes”. These are global players, not average small companies or organizations.

For Tony Bradley from PC World
These organizations are like crotchety old men yelling at the neighbor kids to get off their lawn. But, in this case their “lawn” is the Internet, and instead of “yelling” they’re threatening to fill it with landmines that effectively make it useless.”

And there is the thread of losing jobs….. Again

The general-purpose tool for all situations.
You want to ban something? Jobs are in DANGER!
There could be a possible law against your business? Jobs are in DANGER!
There is something forbidden? Jobs are in DANGER!

Dawn it, come up with a new punch line, this is getting old.

There are already good alternatives, to save jobs, like I stated in > An additional view on Piracy <.

Silence in the news

Also fascinating is the silence in the news media about SOPA.


And seriously this bill is big thread against the freedom of speech and the freedom itself. It would be way to easy to ban websites. If somebody wants your website down and finds nothings illegal, he can just place piracy stuff on our side and now he can put you out of business. There is a reason for the separation of powers in the democratic system.

Of course the United States Chamber of Commerce saidThat sort of draconian measure is not where the bills are aimed.”
That might be true, but the Law would give the opportunity, the possibility to do so.
And son or later somebody will use it. For sure!

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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

United States of Piracy Part I

Unlike the Swiss Government, Members of the United States House of Representatives believe there is a big threat from online piracy for the entertainment sector and even for the safety of the United States of America. To counter this urgent threat Lamar S. Smith and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors files the bill called the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA).

Why the people of the USA are threatened?

Forty-seven per cent of America’s gross national product now comes from Intellectual Property”, says Rob Holmes Founder & CEO of IPCybercrime, a firm providing investigations for brand owners and their attorneys. And this property is in danger by faceless villains.

The Creative America Group supports like many other companies the Stop Online Piracy Act and state some facts why

  • Content theft threatens more than 2 million jobs supported by the film and television industry
  • over 500,000 movies are illegally distributed each day worldwide
  • Spongebob Squarepants has been watched illegally 1.6 billion times since 2008.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates a loss of $135 billion in revenues each year from piracy and counterfeiting. Rob Holmes also stated about the internet
The Internet is not just a bunch of wires and tubes, but the sidewalks, highways and railroads of our nation.”
And these sidewalks, highways and railroads need to be watched and controlled because
The Internet is a real place with real people, and real businesses need real laws.”

SOPA


Fundamentally, this is about jobs,” said Michael O’Leary of the Motion Picture Association of America, one of the major supports of the SOPA.
The Stop Online Piracy Act is there to protect the intellectual property, the entertainment industry and their jobs and revenue. This protection is even given in the United Nation Article 27 Section (2) “Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.”

Piracy is not romantic 

Our mistake was allowing this romantic word — piracy — to take hold,” said Tom Rothman, the co-chief executive of Fox Filmed Entertainment in an interview. He also added “It’s really robbery — it’s theft — and that theft is being combined with consumer fraud.
Rob Holmes calls the SOPA bill even a “border security”. Because it also protects the American consumer against dangerously flawed pharmaceuticals, faulty brake pads and defective smoke alarms. Tom Rothman added “…sending their credit card information to these anonymous offshore companies, and they’re receiving defective goods.”

Stop Online Piracy Act would give every author a good and fast way to stop the robbery of his property. And it would protect the citizens of the United States and their Jobs.

The SOPA is good.

Stay tuned for Part II