Do you think the government won’t take over the internet?? Congresspersons have NOTHING TO FEAR FROM YOU. You can allow them to get away with murder You will get what you allow. Act NOW to defeat this bill.
This bill purports to block access to internet web sites that infringe on intellectual property rights, and make it easier for copyright owners to sue infringers. That could include people who give or sell access to users, or users who access, copyrighted items – any unpermitted distribution or use of photos, articles, web pages, letters, messages, movies, books, articles, compilations, designs, ANYTHING ANYONE creates, writes, composes, draws, or produces. Examples include your favorite download sites and content. As a result of this, prices for intellectual property will skyrocket. While this might allow starving artists to get by a little better, it will enrich media moguls and artists with big marketing machines behind them. If you aren’t a Communist, you won’t mind this at all. But if you believe in some balance to Capitalism, you won’t like it.
And of course, this will have zero effect on international pirates. They will get away with distributing unlicensed copyright material, but the US Government will stop you from accessing it.
While this might seem good, consider the other side: the US Government has already used bogus, oppressive laws to shut down anti-IRS and other anti-government web sites. As always, it will expand this anti infringement law to abuse the innocent truth-seeker and purveyor of truth.
Bottom line, we already have sufficiently powerful copyright infringement laws. Anybody can sue, and government can arrest, a copyright infringer, including those who pirate software and music. And Government makes a monumental number of arrests and already captures and destroys millions upon millions of dollars’ worth of pirated products, from Luis Viton bags to Fifty-Cent music CDs to Microsoft Office and Windows. So what need have we of stronger laws?
None, in my opinion. Since government can already shut down web sites under false pretexts, why does it need a more pervasive law? Answer: It doesn’t.
I want you to stop and look at this issue from the analog view point. You buy a sandwich made from an unlicensed copyrighted recipe. A government agent snatches it out of your hand just as you start to take a bite of it. Same difference.
This act will force internet pirates to go deeper underground. Users will start using TOR and ONION to hide their IP address from which they access pirate sites. Users will switch to ever more devious Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sharing mechanisms like the original Napster that has now become commercial and “legal” – just another internet merchant for copyrighted content.
Even worse, I believe the Government will use the act to justify further political oppression. Remember the 60 Minutes report about “Sovereign Citizens” a few months back in which it falsely accused Jerry and Joe Kane of murder and showed concocted video? THAT political oppression portrayed legitimate patriots as violent enemies of America, causing the ignorant general public to distrust all patriots. I believe the Government will use this Act wrongly to further punish and demean political dissenters.
Even worse, this Act will give Government the authority to invade privacy via internet in an effort to ensnare copyright infringers. That could mean it could plant bugs in YOUR computer via viruses, and report on all your upload/download activities.
So, DON’T write to your senators and tell them to defeat this onerous bill, AT YOUR OWN PERIL.
Anyway, a recent blurb Chris Summers sent me says this: