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okay, so. SOPA’s back. As a ransomware virus, of course.
okay, so this is a virus that locks your computer and asks for cash via moneypak, blah blah, we know it. THAT kind of scam.
You can remove it by using these instructions here, if you end up getting it. Remember, it’s just a scam. SO BE CAREFUL GUYS
SOPA IS BACK: Lamar Smith trying to quietly revive SOPA and cram it down the world's throats
It’s not just ACTA that is being snuck back into law through undemocratic means. Lamar Smith, the powerful committee chairman and corporatist archvillain who tried to ram through SOPA last year is now bent on reviving his slain monster and unleash it upon the earth.
The new bill, the Intellectual Property Attache Act, will create a class of political officers who will see to it that all US trade negotiations and discussions advance SOPA-like provisions in foreign law. And as we’ve seen with other trade deals, one way to get unpopular measures into US law is to impose them on other countries, then agree to “harmonize” at home.
True to form, Smith is trying to cram his law onto the books without any substantive debate or scrutiny, just as he tried with SOPA. When you’re serving corporate masters instead of the public interest, the less debate, the better.
The specifics of the bill appear to go further than the version in SOPA. It is clear that the bill itself is framed from the maximalist perspective. There is nothing about the rights of the public, or of other countries to design their own IP regimes. It notes that the role of the attaches is: to advance the intellectual property rights of United States persons and their licensees;
The bill also “elevates” the IP attaches out of the US Patent and Trademark Office, and sets them up as their own agency, including a new role: the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. Yes, we’ll get another IP Czar, this time focused in the Commerce Department.
When even the USTR is recognizing the importance of limitations and exceptions to copyright, to have Congress push a bill that basically ignores limitations and exceptions and only looks to expand Hollywood’s special thugs within the diplomatic corp. seems like a huge problem.
HEADS UP PEOPLE!
This motherfucker REALLY needs to get voted out of office.
In Which Ari Emanuel Reveals His SOPA Argument is "Pay Me and Shut the Fuck Up"
From a WSJ Mossberg/Swisher talk:
ANOTHER AUDIENCE MEMBER: You’re basically saying somebody robbed my house and they drove a car down a road to get to my house. So you have to do something about the road or something about the car.
MR. EMANUEL: That’s a stupid example, but that’s OK.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Is it? It’s exactly what you’re describing. How is it AT&T, Verizon and Google’s responsibility to keep your stuff safe? They’re not policemen. They don’t police things.
MR. EMANUEL: They decide when they want to police stuff and when they don’t. Child pornography—they can actually filter that. They stop those people.
AUDIENCE MEMBER:But you can still get child pornography on the Internet.
MR. EMANUEL: Stealing is a bad thing and child pornography is a bad thing.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I agree. Where we’re not in agreement is, you can’t tear up the road so people can’t get to your house.
MR. EMANUEL: You know something? You need to sit down. That’s a bad example. Go sit down and think of something else and come back and I’ll scream at you again.
Mega-Corporations now claim the authority to undermine your Internet access
Here it comes: After months of secret negotiations with the players who pushed SOPA, the major Internet Service Providers on the verge of implementing their “Six Strikes” plan to fight “online infringement”.
With essentially no due process, AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon will get on your case if you’re accused of violating intellectual property rights — and eventually even interfere with your ability to access the Internet. (You can contest accusations — if you fork over $35.)
According to Wired, “The internet companies may eliminate service altogether for repeat file-sharing offenders, although the plan does not directly call for such drastic action.”
After the first few supposed violations, they’ll alert you that your connection was engaging in behavior that they — the giant corporations that provide your Internet service — deem inappropriate.
And then it gets really dicey: They can make it difficult for you to access the web, or start throttling down your connection.
More from Wired:
After four alerts, according to the program, “mitigation measures” may commence. They include “temporary reductions of Internet speeds, redirection to a landing page until the subscriber contacts the ISP to discuss the matter or reviews and responds to some educational information about copyright, or other measures (as specified in published policies) that the ISP may deem necessary to help resolve the matter.”
That’s right: These mega-corporations now claim the authority to undermine your Internet access — and want to serve as judge, jury, and executioner. Tell them to back off — or that you’ll start looking for other places to bring your business.