SOPA

A glimpse of what SOPA might have been {1}

by Caezar M
Summary:

this article is about the shut down of the website “jot form” that had its business inĀ digitalĀ forms. the Secret Service notified the websites carrier Go Daddy dot com and ordered them to remove Jot Form from its DNS listings pending an investigation. that was all the information that was given to the host site and Jot Form was not notified of the shut down. the point that the author makes is that even without SOPA that the government still sees fit that they can shut down webpages on a whim like MegaUpload however that shutdown is debatable because of its explicit nature of distributing copywrit content. nobody anywhere knows why the Secret Service shut down Jot Form, nobody came around to investigate and just a few days later Go Daddy was allowed to restore the website to the internet again with no further explanation as to why they shut it down in the first place. the author goes on to explain that the shadowy way in whuch this took place seems very strange because even in the legal jorgon iof SOPA it never seemed like the people who shut down web pages could conduct themselves in such a “back room” kind of way. in any case no explanations were ever given as to why and they think they will never get a straight answer but the interesting thing that the author points out is that in any other case or manner to what extent would civil rights have been violated, and due process. if this investigation took place over any other entity and not over the phone where the people who shut websites down cannot be identified, how would the Secret Service have gotten away with this stunt with seemingly nothing said. read more...

What SOPA means to us {2}

by Caezar M
Summary:

what the speaker is saying is that SOPA and PIPA are not working in the best interest of the interenet. the internet is an entity in itself and it has a lot of stuff and its not just about commercial corperations anymore. these corporations try to make money and they want to do anything that keeps them making money. but now there are new types of content creators who dont care much about making money they just want to make people laugh/cry/get out of their seats/ and just want to make a difference. the main point here is that the internet is not “real,” we cannot take conventional approaches to regulating it, if something bad is happening we cant break down the front door, or maybe even shut down an enture website. we built the internet as it is today and if the government starts shutting down websites at will, well we saw what that could look like. read more...

SOPA and PIPA are not what you think {6}

by Chris S
Recently, technology has progressed in a way that the law has not been able to keep up with it. Specifically, the internet has raised a lot of issues regarding problems such as piracy. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act are two bills that politicians are attempting to pass in congress to attempt to prevent online piracy. The problem is, these bills are more than just attempting to prevent online piracy, and instead threaten websites that feature user-generated content. Many websites would be effected negatively such as facebook.com and youtube.com. One company campaigning to make a stand is Riot Games, who are currently producers of League of Legends, a free online game. The act would affect the game in several ways, one, Streaming of online content would not be allowed and the game thrives on users logging in and streaming data in order to play the game. Second, the websites such as youtube would be at risk of shutting down because they stream content from games such as League of Legends and as well as others. Third, features such as online forums and chat services would be inhibited. Finally, these two acts raise issues regarding free speech and more importantly threaten our basic rights regarding the internet. Any violations would result in hefty fines for companies as well as the individuals breaking them. read more...