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Alert: SOPA Bill Could Kill Alternative Media

Saturday, November 19, 2011 6:18
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This is a RED Alert article/message. This is happening NOW and could destroy or drastically change most alternative media sites!

We need to contact congress, spread this and other articles, and boycott the companies involved in supporting this China style censorship bill.

The Intel Hub
By Madison RuppertEditor of End the Lie
November 18, 2011

Note from Alex Thomas of The Intel Hub: This paragraph that appeared in an article on netmagizine really sums up how this act could be used to specifically attack alternative media!

Suw Charman-Anderson, a social software consultant and writer, told us that SOPA is too broad, fails to understand the technology it’s trying to control, and would have some dreadful unintended consequences: “It seeks to give copyright holders the power to insist that online advertising networks or credit card processing services sever their relationship with any website, simply by pointing the finger. They would be able to undermine a website’s business without any judicial oversight, leaving sites vulnerable to false and malicious accusations.”

An outstanding website is leading the fight against these two outright censorship bills. The website, Americancensorship.org, makes it extremely easy to contact congress and voice your opposition to these Chinese style web censorship bills.

Visit AmericanCensorship.org and sign the petition NOW

Original Article

The following are companies that signed this letter which was written in support of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, which is the House’s equivalent of the PROTECT IP Act, which I have previously exposed as China-style internet censorship on steroids.

I encourage everyone to not only boycott these companies but flood them with letters, e-mails and phone calls telling them why exactly you are boycotting them.

SOPA would put completely legitimate sites, like End the Lie and countless other alternative news outlets at risk of being shut down, along with literally any site that freely allows users to post content.

That includes YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, Craigslist, Dropbox and literally any website or service that allows users to upload content.

The United States Attorney General can not only seek court orders against “foreign infringing sites,” meaning any website with a non-U.S. domain name, but can also demand that internet service providers (ISPs) would have to cut off access to the site by not resolving domain name requests.

Furthermore, if served with one of the Attorney General’s court orders, search engines would have to remove any links to the site, payment networks would have to stop all payments to the site from U.S. customers and advertising networks would be forced to stop serving advertisements about the website or for the website.

But wait, it gets even worse. SOPA would require that within five days of receiving an allegation by a copyright holder, payment services and advertising networks would have to cut off all business with the site either U.S. based or foreign.

All the copyright holder has to do is allege that the site is “dedicated to the theft of property,” and if the payment provider and advertising networks don’t cease business within five days, the copyright holder can file a private lawsuit against the site compelling the payment service and others to cut off relations.

Furthermore, The Atlantic reports that the definition of “dedicated” in this bill “has little relation to common usage,” and in addressing the bill they characterize it as “dangerous.”

As experts in the technical, operational, academic and research communities who are the leading domain name system (DNS) designers, operators, and researchers who have also published numerous peer-reviewed academic studies regarding the architecture and security of the DNS have pointed out, this will create major cybersecurity and other technical concerns that did not exist previously.

The above linked technical whitepaper regarding the PROTECT IP Act also quite interestingly points out that the DNS filters could be easily circumvented, essentially making one of the biggest parts of the bill null and void.

The thing that the House and Senate don’t seem to realize is that there will always be online pirates and they will always find a way around whatever roadblocks are put in their way.

The issue is that this can and likely will be used to target important platforms for sharing information like YouTube and blog platforms like WordPress and Blogger.

All it would take is for a copyright holder to find one bit of infringing content and then it could very well be the end of the website, despite the massive amounts of legitimate content.

We must remember that major websites like YouTube and blog platforms are quite skilled and hasty when it comes to removing infringing content from their websites.

SOPA would also endanger the entire spirit of the internet which has pioneered social media and free expression, giving a platform to writers like myself who might otherwise be sidelined by the establishment media.

If you care about the internet, free speech and the future of sharing information with the world, I beg of you: take action and boycott these companies and make it clear why you will be boycotting them and telling everyone you know to do the same.

Please do not forget to contact your Congressperson and Senator to ask if they are supporting either bill and tell them why you think it would be a horrible idea for them to do so.

Hopefully we, as the collective users of the internet, can create a large enough buzz to shut down these bills before they get major support.

If “We the People” still have any power in this country, we need to flex it now when it really matters!

READ THE FULL LIST OF COMPANIES SUPPORTING THIS DISGUSTING BILL HERE

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  • It's Me Again

    What began in Tunisia last winter and spread across North Africa into the Middle East and around the world was super natural it has now come to America and it cannot be stopped. It is only going to continue to spread and become more violent, soon the “Elite” will begin to enforce martial law to protect themselves.
    The NWO is being brought to life. The Anti-Christ has been born.

  • sten

    The “NWO” was “brought to life” decades ago and it was a “total myth” anyone who discussed it was a “conspiracy theorist” it never officially existed until they where ready to admit it. There is no anti-christ because there was never a “christ” now that is a myth of historical proportions.

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