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velocicarpo

« Reply #75 on: January 20, 2012, 19:19 »
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Apparently the bill is dead and i cant say i regret it  ::)
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57362990-501465/sopa-is-dead-smith-pulls-bill/


THIS is good news. It always baffles me how naive people can sometimes be  :o


jbarber873

« Reply #76 on: January 20, 2012, 21:30 »
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Apparently the bill is dead and i cant say i regret it  ::)
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57362990-501465/sopa-is-dead-smith-pulls-bill/


THIS is good news. It always baffles me how naive people can sometimes be  :o


Well that's true....

« Reply #77 on: January 21, 2012, 03:49 »
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Hopefully they will now think about this problem sensibly and come up with a solution that will work.  I'm not optimistic though, politicians are only interested in getting re-elected and will do whatever it takes to be popular in the short term.  This needs a well thought out long term solution.  The UK digital economy bill was rushed through with only 2 hours of debate just before the 2010 election.  Such a shame that something that could be crucial to the economy of this country was handled so badly.

Microbius

« Reply #78 on: January 21, 2012, 03:54 »
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Hopefully they will now think about this problem sensibly and come up with a solution that will work.  I'm not optimistic though, politicians are only interested in getting re-elected and will do whatever it takes to be popular in the short term.  This needs a well thought out long term solution.  The UK digital economy bill was rushed through with only 2 hours of debate just before the 2010 election.  Such a shame that something that could be crucial to the economy of this country was handled so badly.

Yup, triumph of mob rule
ETA, although reading this (and looking through the spin) it doesn't seem like there was as much opposition as I would have expected given all the "internet is up in arms" hype
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57361906-501465/sopa-and-pipa-internet-blackout-aftermath-staggering-numbers/

"12,000 people posted comments on Wikimedia Foundation's blog post announcing the blackout."
"Google confirmed that 4.5 million people signed the company's petition to protest SOPA and PIPA"
"350,000 emails were sent to representatives via SopaStrike.com and AmericanCensorship.org."
"According to the White House, a combined 103,785 signed a petition to kill the bill"

Compare these figures to the total number of US internet users (or even worldwide in the case of Google comments and Wiki etc.) and it seems it really is a vocal minority that are "up in arms". Oh yeah, plus all those websites that love having zero culpability for what people do in their house.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2012, 04:01 by Microbius »

« Reply #79 on: January 21, 2012, 19:35 »
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"The Day the LOLCats Died"...fabulousness!!!   ;D

The Day The LOLcats Died - #SOPA #PIPA Protest Song

RacePhoto

« Reply #80 on: January 22, 2012, 04:10 »
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The problem is the bills were way too strong and had potential for abuse. You need checks and balances. It has nothing to do with "free speech", Privacy or Censorship.. Those are the usual shouts thrown out to scare people. As misguided as the bills were, they were at least a way to make people aware that there are problems.

On the other hand, we need something to protect our interests, even if the main beneficiary will be the music and film/video industry, maybe software producers. Hey maybe that vocal minority doesn't want to lose their free downloads and pirated movies?  ;) DMCA does nothing.

Personally, most of the people who download a song or a movie, that I know, would never buy it in the first place. The amusement is looking or listening to see what it's about and it gets deleted. Not like someone who steals our little bit of income and profit and re-sells it for their personal profit. And because we aren't some big corporation with legal services looking out for our interest, we'll be fighting on our own if some bill is eventually passed.

I think the question is, if there was some way to shut down one of those file sharing sites that redistributes our images, would people go to a pay agency or just do without them? It isn't like cleaning house will produce huge gains in sales or income for us... OR the big industrial communications and entertainment companies.


 

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