Saturday, December 31, 2011

Congress tries to kill the Internet again!

1st webZine Editorial for 2012

"This keeps happening congress trying to fix anything but the budget. They've got their sights set on the Internet this week. ( I.e. how 2 ruin it) And to all original content owners out there in cyberspace ( oldschool ) thereare alternate models of giving some content away for free and making kiler profits directly by eliminating the middleman..." - R'dom Editoral

Story excerpt below:

We’ve got no agenda beyond providing the best rubber fetish fashion and youtube kink reviews we can dig up.  But here at Year’s end, there’s a subject we want to share with you that may come to affect how you experience us and the rest of the internet. 

It’s called SOPA, or the “Stop Online Piracy Act”, and it is headed through U.S. Congress with its sister bill PROTECT-IP in the Senate. 

In a nutshell, here’s what the law as PROPOSED would do:

Assign liability to site owners for everything users post, without consideration for whether or not the user posted without permission.  Site owners could face jail time or heavy fines, and DNS blacklisting.

It would require web services like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to monitor and aggressively filter everything all users upload.

It would deny site owners due process of law, by initiating a DNS blacklisting based solely on a good faith assertion by an individual copyright or intellectual property owner.

It would give the U.S. government the power to selectively censor the web using techniques similar to those used in China, Malaysia and Iran.  The Great Firewall of China is an example of this type of embedded, infrastructural internet censorship.

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