what happens if SOPA passes?

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It would give them power that they might not use, but of course that's not the point. They shouldn't have that power in the first place, especially when it's 100% about propping up a industry bloated by a century of physical media and regional distribution.

Autumn Almanac (Schlafsack), Friday, 13 January 2012 03:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

But I think the one thing that will happen, whether SOPA passes or not, is that a company with a clue about what drives people to consume (e.g. Apple) will devise a way for people to do so that's so easy, clean and affordable that 99% of people will use it rather than scrape the darknet for a decent copy xp

― Autumn Almanac (Schlafsack), Thursday, January 12, 2012 9:27 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

you say this, but in the CD era there was nothing to keep them from pushing the price point up to 20 bucks for a shitty CD

Sh1pley Gohard (D-40), Friday, 13 January 2012 05:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

if this happens, I'm going to send every member of the MPAA/RIAA unique snapshots of my dick every day for one year.

they should come around in about a week, tops

Neanderthal, Friday, 13 January 2012 13:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

A Sheffield student can be extradited to the US to face copyright infringement allegations, a judge has ruled.

Richard O'Dwyer, 23, set up the TVShack website which US authorities say hosts links to pirated copyrighted films and television programmes.

The Sheffield Hallam University student lost his case in a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

If found guilty in a US court he could face up to five years in jail.

Mr O'Dwyer's lawyer, Ben Cooper, indicated during the hearing that he would appeal against the ruling.

Mr Cooper said the website did not store copyright material itself and merely directed users to other sites, making it similar to Google.

He also argued that his client, who would be the first British citizen to be extradited for such an offence, was being used as a "guinea pig" for copyright law in the US.

But District Judge Quentin Purdy ruled the extradition could go ahead.

Mr O'Dwyer's mother, Julia O'Dwyer, from Chesterfield, has described the moves by US authorities as "beyond belief" and described Britain's extradition treaty with the United States as "rotten".

Speaking before the hearing, Mr O'Dwyer said he was "surprised" when police officers from the UK and America seized equipment at his home in South Yorkshire in November 2010.

However, no criminal charges followed from the UK authorities.

The case was brought by the US Customs and Border Protection agency, which claims that the TVShack.net website earned "over $230,000 in advertising revenue" before US authorities obtained a warrant and seized the domain name.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 13 January 2012 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ubuweb have been tweeting about how they'll surely go down if it passes. Which might not sound like much, but it's a large proportion of my cultural life down the drain, *and* a bunch of important documents I've used for research.

― emil.y, Friday, 13 January 2012 02:38 (29 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

kind of curious about this -- seems like it would mean that the more flagrantly copyright-violating stuff would have to go, sure, but i don't know if that stuff is the same stuff as the stuff that constitutes its value as an archive. in an ideal world it would result in goldsmith spending more time on actual archival and less time tweeting that he's found a file with the complete lacan seminars in e-reader form

― thomp, Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:10 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

(but i'm not entirely sure in what form the thread SOPA entails would manifest -- i was under the impression that copyright owners could order stuff to be taken down already, and i'm not sure what extra weight SOPA adds to this threat)

― thomp, Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:12 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

right now under DMCA, copyright holders can ask for individual infringing things to be removed

under SOPA the way I understand it if there is one infringing file on a large site the entire website could get taken down w/o notice and replaced by

dmr, Friday, 13 January 2012 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

LOL

Do you know what the secret of comity is? (Michael White), Friday, 13 January 2012 18:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

A Sheffield student can be extradited to the US to face copyright infringement allegations, a judge has ruled.

This elicited a resounding "well DUH" from me.

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Friday, 13 January 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha this is sure to be the PR boost that Big Business needs to keep the plebes from hurling large cans of tomato paste at CEOsk heads...

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can't they hurl large cans of lima beans? I'm not as partial to lima beans.

Do you know what the secret of comity is? (Michael White), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

you say this, but in the CD era there was nothing to keep them from pushing the price point up to 20 bucks for a shitty CD

yeah but the market has collapsed now. totally different era & you can't compare imo

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

wouldn't make as big a difference, but i suppose all the digital retailers could start jacking up their prices big time if the illegal alternatives were more strongly enforced

lame adele rey (some dude), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

eh, if this has any type of noticeable transformative effect (a massive "if"), it is going to do is make people switch from open free-for-all p2p filesharing to closed, private friends-only shared file repositories

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

true. i think it's kind of a shame that there seems to be this pushback of "ahhhh it PROBABLY won't make a difrerence, let's not even bother getting angry about this or figuring out if there's any way to stop it," though.

lame adele rey (some dude), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

there is a missing "all" in my post but I think my point is still clear enough

I'm not getting angry about this because I don't think it is manifestly wrong? I mean, I am not holding delusions about artists magically making more money out of a more tightly-controlled Internet or anything, but on balance I've never read or seen anything to make me question the idea that unsanctioned free filesharing isn't stealing, and as a result I'm not super bothered when governments try to stick enforceable penalties on it.

Having said that, attempting to push the entire industry back to what it was in the 80s is regressive and not going to happen, but not because of any major uproar; it's because we now have a generation of first world Earth who think music is economically worthless and any market based solely upon it is pretty much doomed for the next 30 years regardless of what shape it takes.

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think its manifestly wrong either wrt to the filesharing issue, but SOPA will be way more far-reaching than just p2p file sharing of music and movies. Thats why I think some dude is otm.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 13 January 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

WAKE UP SHEEPLE WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED

David Blohard (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

FIRST AMENDMENT BILL HICKS WAS RIIGHT

David Blohard (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for 10 such infringements within six months.

this is the part that is going to be entirely unenforceable IMO

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

It other words reacting to this with a shrug of the shoulders because "kids will find another way to share music and movies", is a really reductive read of what SOPA is all about and conveniently ignores a lot of the more frightening aspects of the proposed bill.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 13 January 2012 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

like basically this is saying "clicking on a link someone sent you from Youtube can send you to jail" and I don't see how it can be enforceable on any large scale

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i'm not worried that people won't be able to as easily steal or illegally share music/intellectual property anymore, or that some of the people who've been knowingly breaking the law all along might actually face consequences in greater numbers, i'm worried about all the much more undesirable scenarios outlined upthread that could be made possible by this piece of legislation noone in their right mind thinks the world NEEDS.

lame adele rey (some dude), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

OTM

dmr, Friday, 13 January 2012 19:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

like basically this is saying "clicking on a link someone sent you from Youtube can send you to jail" and I don't see how it can be enforceable on any large scale

Oh of course this insn't enforceable on any massive level, but imho the frightening part is that it might lead to user-generated sites just shutting down rather than having to deal with all sorts of liability issues.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 13 January 2012 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah most people who are getting angry are doing so because it leaves a *lot* of sites that have nothing to do with filesharing potentially open to being closed down because of the bill being complete overkill. ILX, for example, could easily have one person post one filesharing link one time and get shut down, as I understand it.

kinder, Friday, 13 January 2012 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Booz & Company on November 16 released a study, funded by Google, finding that almost all of the 200 venture capitalists and angel investors interviewed would stop funding digital media intermediaries if the House bill becomes law.

^^^ this is why this will not happen or be enforced if it does happen

and if it does all happen and ILX gets yanked, you can all stare at the blocked message and say "fuck you DJP, you were so wrong *shakes fist*"

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

dude we all know your real name, we'll find you

lame adele rey (some dude), Friday, 13 January 2012 19:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

not if facebook gets shut down

Sh1pley Gohard (D-40), Friday, 13 January 2012 20:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

everything must go

this is funny u bitter dork (forksclovetofu), Friday, 13 January 2012 21:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm pretty curious about what will happen if SOPA passes. part of my job involves clearing use of academic articles for professors & the guy who oversees copyright stuff is pretty concerned about it

sean-paul sartre (flopson), Friday, 13 January 2012 21:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hmmm:

In a move the technology sector will surely see as a victory, a controversial antipiracy bill being debated in Congress will no longer include a provision that would require ISPs to block access to overseas Web sites accused of piracy.
Rep. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), one of the biggest backers of the Stop Online Piracy Act, today said he plans to remove the Domain Name System or DNS-blocking provision.
"After consultation with industry groups across the country," Smith said in a statement released by his office, "I feel we should remove DNS-blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the [U.S. House Judiciary] Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision.
"We will continue to look for ways," Smith continued, "to ensure that foreign Web sites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to U.S. consumers."
A watered down SOPA means Smith improves his chances of getting the bill through Congress. Smith's move comes a day after a backers of a similar bill in the Senate, known as the Protect IP Act, began to backtrack on the issue of DNS.
Without the DNS provision, SOPA now looks a great deal more like the OPEN Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), which was created to be an alternative bill to SOPA.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 January 2012 23:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lol it was so obvious that was going to happen

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Saturday, 14 January 2012 00:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm not getting angry about this because I don't think it is manifestly wrong? I mean, I am not holding delusions about artists magically making more money out of a more tightly-controlled Internet or anything, but on balance I've never read or seen anything to make me question the idea that unsanctioned free filesharing isn't stealing, and as a result I'm not super bothered when governments try to stick enforceable penalties on it.

Having said that, attempting to push the entire industry back to what it was in the 80s is regressive and not going to happen, but not because of any major uproar; it's because we now have a generation of first world Earth who think music is economically worthless and any market based solely upon it is pretty much doomed for the next 30 years regardless of what shape it takes.

so fucking well put & otm

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 14 January 2012 00:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I dunno, as a musician in a pitifully unknown band, I really welcome file-sharing. Anything that gets people to hear what we've done is cool by me. Yeah, I definitely hope that this will result in them either coming to a gig or actually buying the record, but I'm under no illusion that those will be the actual results. I still don't feel like I'm being stolen from, though.

emil.y, Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I haven't even read this yet, but here's what the White House has to say.

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 14 January 2012 13:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Obama sez I'm president and I ain't payin $12 to hear Lil Wayne rhyme "Machiavelli" with "jelly"

Neanderthal, Saturday, 14 January 2012 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mostly it's the tying in with HOMELAND SECURITY that is upsetting to me.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 14 January 2012 19:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why is that upsetting?

I Love Pedantry (D-40), Saturday, 14 January 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like that the white house's statement tries to get beyond the simplistic x vs. y argument. Its like theyre telling us to grow the fuck up lol

I Love Pedantry (D-40), Saturday, 14 January 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol yeah it's like they're on a whole different level from us dumbasses. hard to stand in the glare of their wisdom

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 14 January 2012 22:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

rebecca blah (k3vin k.), Saturday, 14 January 2012 22:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

sad lol

rebecca blah (k3vin k.), Saturday, 14 January 2012 22:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's because we now have a generation of first world Earth who think music is economically worthless

I agree 100%; also, the industry had the power to take control of this in the fallout of Napster and didn't. Here we are more than 10 years later and the industry is still trying to shut everything down rather than just make content available. If it weren't so hellbent on retrofitting its antique structure into the 21st century we would already be well on the way to a non-SOPA solution imo.

Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 14 January 2012 22:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

by 'take control' I mean sell its content via the new medium instead of being Victorian-era dicks

Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 14 January 2012 22:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol yeah it's like they're on a whole different level from us dumbasses. hard to stand in the glare of their wisdom

― unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, January 14, 2012 4:43 PM (13 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

lol you cant even praise the tone of a letter ?

I Love Pedantry (D-40), Saturday, 14 January 2012 22:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

frankly i think they have a point. it would be nice if ppl didn't just rally to protect their free mp3s, but rallied around coming up w/ solutions for overseas piracy. i'd think you'd agree with that

I Love Pedantry (D-40), Saturday, 14 January 2012 22:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wouldn't, and I'm presumably one of the "victims."

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 14 January 2012 23:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

solution for overseas piracy = destroy all boats

Neanderthal, Saturday, 14 January 2012 23:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

the industry had the power to take control of this in the fallout of Napster and didn't. Here we are more than 10 years later and the industry is still trying to shut everything down rather than just make content available. If it weren't so hellbent on retrofitting its antique structure into the 21st century we would already be well on the way to a non-SOPA solution imo.

this is what "the adult in the room" would actually say btw

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 14 January 2012 23:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm

Neanderthal, Saturday, 14 January 2012 23:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't know whether that's a compliment or a zing

Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 14 January 2012 23:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Large Hardon Collider (Phil D.), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

So as of today, RIP my most used shared-content site of the last half-year or so, library.nu. Also RIP ifile.it. Supposedly both casualties of an operation by a German association of publishers.

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 16 February 2012 01:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Stuff going down in the UK too Users warned of 10 years in jail as RnBXclusive.com shut down by police

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Thursday, 16 February 2012 01:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

my man Kirby just finished part 4 of Everything Is A Remix and it's the best one yet

http://gizmodo.com/5885644/everything-thats-wrong-with-patent-and-copyright-laws-in-one-brilliant-video

thinking of the Anti-SOPA contingent in the Tea Party; when Kirby pulls up an image of the aged Copyright Act of 1790, it really does strike me how this issue should go right across both party lines

Milton Parker, Friday, 17 February 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Apparently, Anonymous will try to shut the whole internet down on March 31st.

http://pastebin.com/XZ3EGsbc

HO WBEAUTIFUL IS THE GENTLYFALLINGBLOOD? (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 19 February 2012 15:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anonymous is getting sloppy - its pretty obvious to me a better date would be the Ides of March rather than a date with no symbolic significance.

#1 Inspector Spacetime Fanboy (Viceroy), Sunday, 19 February 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

on a weekend? c'moooooonnnn

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Monday, 20 February 2012 17:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Angus Batey on Mr. Dotcom:

http://www.thestoolpigeon.co.uk/features/auf-wiedersehen-prat-kim-dotcom-interview.html

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 19:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

seeing a lot more of these lately

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