Congress is close to destroying the internet (no hyperbole)

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Forum topic by HorizontalMike posted 11-29-2011 06:48 PM 1360 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2011 06:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: internet destroy the internet lumberjocks politics internet politics

Even if you do not like politics, please pay attention to THIS as this could even mean an end to access to sites like LumberJocks:

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

SOURCE: Congress is close to destroying the internet
This is the holy grail of the entertainment industry—to destroy the internet, and thus, destroy the biggest danger to their business.

While the entertainment industry already has outsized tools to fight piracy, they don’t want to deal with the hassle of having to send takedown notices to individual infringing sites. It’s hard work, going after YouTubes of dancing babies and stuff! And, of course, they don’t have jurisdiction over many foreign-based sites. So, if they can’t stomp out all piracy, plan B is to destroy the internet.

Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy is inexplicably leading the charge in the Senate with the Protect IP Act. Republican Texas Rep. Lamar Smith is leading the companion bill in the House with the Stop Online Piracy Act. This bill would’ve been rushed through with no debate through both chambers had it not been for the singular efforts of Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a true hero of grassroots media and the social web.

Wyden has put a hold on the bill in the Senate, and has promised a full filibuster. Currently, there appear to be 60 votes to overcome that filibuster, but the delaying tactics would tie up the Senate for a full week. And if it doesn’t pass this year, supporters have to start from scratch all over again next year—this time under the full glare of a spotlight.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 05:55 AM

Is there really enough control in any one country to disable the internet for everyone? At one time the US was kind of the gate keepers of the ip addresses and such but is that still the case? I can see special interests blocking access to a particular population in their jurisdiction but outside of that country? Kind of a scary thought that any one country could bring down the whole shebang!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 05:46 PM

Is there really enough control in any one country to disable the internet for everyone?

Not at all, but the effect in the US could/would pressure your local carrier to self-censor and that could mean censor anything (not just dirty pictures, etc.). Let’s say you copied a link to a newpaper article and posted it on LJs. The carrier could shut down all of LJs because that SINGLE post/link may have violated copyright law. Your entire email send/receive capability could be shut down because of ONE such mistake. Your ISP could leave you high and dry for no good reason, just for making a technical error/mistake.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 11-30-2011 09:21 PM

I emailed mine…

Our Government sure has it’s Head in the wrong place doesn’t it?

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#4 posted 12-01-2011 12:04 AM

Kill the internet ? Sounds like a great idea to me. People might actually talk and visit one another. The millions of tweeties and texthogs would have to get a life in the real world.

It won’t happen. The only thing that will ever kill the internet would be the EMP from bombs bursting in air. Not likely, either… but more so than the government doing it.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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