- Jul 9, 2011
Am I right in thinking that if this SOPA nonsense went through only websites hosted in the USA would affected?
Can someone please tell me how it it legal or constitutional to allow the government to suppress freedom of speech and freedom of the press on a mere anonymous accusation without the right to face your accuser or the right to due process? How can they legally fine or jail people for this without due process? In order for something to be a crime, they usually have to prove two things, that there was a motive to do it, and there was intent (you chose to break the law knowing it was illegal). As I understand, these laws require neither. I'm not trying to get political, and I understand that this is a hot button issue, but the way I see it, if these pass, what rights do we really have left?
was so pissed at the pending SOPA legislation ... called every congressman in my home district. let be known loud and clear if they were not against SOPA. I would not forget and vote them out next go.
this is the first time I've ever called any of my representatives. what bothers me the most is the total lack of due process. if this passes, all a content owner has to do ... make an accusation with or without basis. the government would then have the power to shut anyone down.
this puts the burden of proof on the host... not the accuser. who only has to accuse with NO due process. being against these two bills has Nothing to do if one is in favor of piracy or not.
a perfect example is the ABUSE of digital millennium act by RIAA. the lawmaker that drafted that one NEVER in their wildest dream could predict RIAA would end up filing 30,000+ lawsuits of which the average settled for $3,000-$5,000.
Now you need your friends and family to do the same.
On a related note, megaupload is now dead.
I'm surprised the Aussies haven't had some sort of uprising over their Internet laws; I could see myself living there if it weren't for the "oversight". I'd hate to think how much I'd owe in fines by now..
mvyrmnd said:There'll always be another attempt at this. Big Media companies will always be stuck in the 20th century. People will need to stay vigilant to make sure these things don't sneak past and into law.
Unfortunately the only way this will end is if one of two things change. Big Media companies stop caring about earning money, or the masses stop consuming the content (read:tripe) they produce.
Something tells me neither will happen any time soon.