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Contact Congress: Copyright bill is 'end of the Internet', U.S. to block your DNS, period

U.S. looking more like Chinese police state everyday; stop this or the pretext for shutting down any domain for any rationale they want, is now in the hands of government:

"SOPA is so controversial -- the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls it "disastrous" -- because it would force changes to the Domain Name System and effectively create a blacklist of Internet domains suspected of intellectual property violations."

Easy to rig up massive censorship on state criminal pretexts of posting something themselves on websites they want to take down.
US's pretext to blow up freeway to stop speeding criminal--or speeding thought
US's pretext to blow up freeway to stop speeding criminal--or speeding thought
Rep. Lofgren: Copyright bill is the 'end of the Internet'
Declan McCullagh
by Declan McCullagh October 27, 2011 11:25 AM PDT
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat whose district includes the heart of Silicon Valley, in 2009


Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the California Democrat whose district includes the heart of Silicon Valley, is preparing to lead congressional opposition to the new Stop Online Piracy Act.

The [so called] antipiracy legislation, introduced yesterday in the House of Representatives to the applause of lobbyists for Hollywood and other large content holders, is designed to make allegedly copyright-infringing Web sites, sometimes called "rogue" Web sites, virtually disappear from the Internet.

"I'm still reviewing the legislation, but from what I've already read, this would mean the end of the Internet as we know it," Lofgren told CNET.

Lofgren, whose congressional district includes the high-tech center of San Jose, will be a key ally for Google, Yahoo, and other tech companies who are already working with advocacy groups through trade associations to figure out how to defeat SOPA (PDF), also known as the E-Parasite Act.

So far, at least, they're outnumbered, outspent, and outgunned. SOPA's backers include the Republican or Democratic heads of all the relevant House and Senate committees, and groups as far afield as the Teamsters have embraced the measure on the theory that it will protect and create U.S. jobs.

SOPA is so controversial -- the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls it "disastrous" -- because it would force changes to the Domain Name System and effectively create a blacklist of Internet domains suspected of intellectual property violations.

Lofgren's long familiarity with tech issues (I interviewed her at a Santa Clara law school conference in February, and she's been dubbed a politician who "actually understands how the Internet works") will help her rally SOPA opposition. More importantly, though, she's a member of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet that will meet soon to review the legislation.

A Senate version of the bill called the Protect IP Act, which a committee approved in May, was broadly supported by film and music industry companies, who say there's no other realistic way to shut down rogue Web sites. But Google chairman Eric Schmidt was sharply critical, as were prominent venture capitalists, civil liberties groups, and trade associations representing Web companies.

For Lofgren, at least, opposing an expansion of copyright law won't be a novel task. After the Department of Homeland Security began seizing alleged piratical domains last fall, Lofgren wrote a letter to the department expressing concerns about the practice.

When an earlier version of Protect IP was advancing in the Senate last year, Lofgren said: "I'm particularly concerned that it could set a precedent for further control and censorship of the Internet by foreign governments, and risk the fragmentation of the global domain name system. Many prominent human rights activists and Internet engineers have voiced these concerns, and they deserve serious consideration."

Lofgren has also earned the enmity of some copyright lobbyists for trying to expand Americans' fair use rights. In 2002, she introduced a bill--which was ultimately unsuccessful--that would amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow consumers to make backup copies of digital media such as DVDs that they had lawfully purchased.


by Declan McCullagh
Declan McCullagh is the chief political correspondent for CNET. Declan previously was a reporter for Time and the Washington bureau chief for Wired and wrote the Taking Liberties section and Other People's Money column for CBS News' Web site.


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Here we go, more ignorant bills from people that have no idea what they're talking about. Even if this was passed, there would be close to zero affect on piracy. They just do not get how quickly a work-around or an alternative would be found and protected by the geeks of the world. You cannot stop it. This also flirts dangerously close to censorship, and you can bet a whole lot of site owners will sue the living hell out of whoever snuffs their 'freedom of speech'
Posted by vAequitas (179 comments )
October 27, 2011 11:59 AM (PDT) Like (5) Reply Link Flag E-mail

Yea, they won't be able to keep up with hackers creating new domain names. This will be hilarious. We want our **** for free and we will find our ways to get it either via proxies, editing our hosts file, or having the sites set up multiple domain names.

Yay, more money wasted by the government into measures that aren't going to work. You CAN'T beat piracy. As long as I can connect to another human being over the internet, we will be able to share copyrighted content. Therefore, if the internet exists, then there will be piracy. I am down to go back to warez IRC channels if I have to, but luckily they've scared pirates into nice, feature-rich private torrent networks where everything is better than thepiratebay.
Posted by Drummer16161616 (223 comments )
October 27, 2011 12:27 PM (PDT) Like (4) Link Flag E-mail

ya it will not stop piracy, it will jsut give an legal excuse that will surely be abused a lot.
Even if the dns records are forced, they can just use the ip directly , even if the ip is somehow blacklisted by class sub sectioning. there can be new technologies developed overnight. I think the peer-peer discovery in some software is already doing part of it. there can be distributed databased effectively creating an underground dns.

Lofgren is also right that it will give precedent to anyone who wants to stop any website for any purpose.
Posted by man_in_la2000 (204 comments )
October 27, 2011 1:24 PM (PDT) Like Link Flag E-mail

The purpose of this Bill has nothing at all to do with piracy, and everything to do with censorship - just like the Chinese Communist government censors the Internet, except that the SOPA would be even more egregious by seizing private property without compensation (in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States: "No person shall ... be deprived of ... property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.")
Posted by dumbspammers (2193 comments )
October 27, 2011 2:05 PM (PDT) Like (3) Link Flag E-mail

Just make a custom TCP/IP packet that is copyrighted and nobody is allowed to hack it break/reverse engineer it.

Problem solved!
Posted by inachu (958 comments )
October 27, 2011 12:04 PM (PDT) Like Reply Link Flag E-mail

Or perhaps some sort of copy protection on your traffic so that any deep packet inspection needs to break it in order to see the contents.
Posted by xyberviri (20 comments )
October 27, 2011 12:53 PM (PDT) Like Link Flag E-mail

Already have that.... it's called HTTPS.
Posted by Lerianis4 (1802 comments )
October 27, 2011 10:44 PM (PDT) Like Link Flag E-mail

US cannot imitate the Chinese government with technology innovation, but they try to imitate their censorship. +1 for lobbyist -1 for everyone else.
Posted by gabrielcab (97 comments )
October 27, 2011 12:27 PM (PDT) Like (6) Reply Link Flag E-mail

@gabrielcab

The U.S. is far and away the innovation leader of the world. I knows its not the popular or trendy thing to think, but its true.
Posted by lowenbrau212 (85 comments )
October 27, 2011 2:40 PM (PDT) Like (2) Link Flag E-mail

No, it isn't, lowe. Most of the new innovations in numerous industries are coming out of China today. Why? Very very loose IP laws.
Posted by Lerianis4 (1802 comments )
October 27, 2011 10:44 PM (PDT) Like Link Flag E-mail

So this is how the internet - and the first amendment - ends. Not with a bang, but with a bill.
Posted by solitare_pax (6610 comments )
October 27, 2011 12:48 PM (PDT) Like (6) Reply Link Flag E-mail

You wonder why Americans hate all politicians? Well look at this useless bill that will end up doing nothing, but costing the tax payers even more money.

Offer content online and the people will come. Instead you know what morons in the industry do? Lock it up and prevent distributors like Netflix from getting it or charging ridiculous fees. Hulu has been stripped of all of its usefulness by the movie/TV studios. A website designed to cater to viewers who miss the latest show and they decide to delay the airing of the shows by eight or more days. The lack of logic in the industry is appalling and we get this lobbyist funded bill.

I used to use Hulu to watch the latest shows like House MD and stuff like that. Since they decided to delay it by a week, i just DL it off a bittornet site. Well done........Another show Sons of Anarchy has a 30 day delay after airing on cable. Who thought of such a dumb idea?

This bill is just a last ditch effort to get people to pay for an overpriced product on a dying distribution system.

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