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

I respect your opinion but I didn't intend to open a discussion about
the merits or demerits of SOPA or similar legislation, I was just
reporting on the existence of a petition created on the WH website.

But I strongly and respectfully disagree about judging the character
or beliefs of people that sign or not any petition.

BTW, after seeing the image linked by such page I'm not quite sure
about the seriousness of it.


On Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 10:55 PM, Richard Bennett <richard at bennett.com> 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