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[ih] Fwd: [IP] EFF calls for signatures from Internet Engineers against censorship


The bill provides a non-judicial means of action for holders of 
"intellectual property."  The essence of american jurisprudence is that 
it is *jurisprudence*, not private justice.  The holders of IP already 
have tools for court-mandated and court-moderated handling of illegal 
activity.  What they want is to bypass the unfortunate cost of going to 
court, and this bill provides them that.

It's a horrible bill.  The writers have only the vaguest understanding 
of the technical requirements and underpinning of the internet.  The 
plaintiffs decide guilt.  This is not justice.

On Sun, 18 Dec 2011 20:55:18 -0800, Richard Bennett wrote:
> Yes, and just like the EFF letter that some people signed without 
> knowing what's in the SOPA bill, it's a blatant misrepresentation of 
> the bill. It says:
> "It would be ridiculous for an ISP to block the entire whitehouse.gov 
> domain on court order because a single user posted a link. "
> Yes, that would be ridiculous, but SOPA doesn't permit any domain to 
> be RPZ'ed on such a thin pretext. The domain has to be dedicated to 
> unlawful commerce, like The Pirate Bay or the sites that sell 
> camcorder grabs of newly released movies without a license.
> "It is difficult for any web administrator to know which links to 
> copyrighted material are done with permission."
> SOPA doesn't require any web administrator to know which links to 
> copyright material are by permission and which aren't.  It does 
> require the operators of UGC site to know whether the site's primary 
> purpose is to sell copyrighted material without a license or not, but 
> that's not very hard.
> "This will kill the free flow of information and conversation on the 
> internet."
> If you believe that the sale of bogus drugs and unlicensed movies is 
> the essence of the "free flow of information and conversation on the 
> Internet," sign the petition. If you believe the Internet has 
> substantial legitimate uses that don't kill people or otherwise 
> violate the law, then don't.
> RB
> On 12/18/2011 7:37 PM, Jorge Amodio wrote:
>> There is now a petition on the WH website asking the President to veto
>> SOPA in the event it passes Congress approval.
>> http://wh.gov/DfY
>> -J
>> On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 9:16 AM, Noel 
>> Chiappa<jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu>  wrote:
>>> FYI. I hope many (most?) here can sign: the attempt to interfere with the
>>> operation of DNS is particularly problematic, as it will 'break' DNSSEC.
>>>           Noel
> -- 
> Richard Bennett