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Let’s not forget about PIPA!

A friend of mine, Colin McCarthy, and I, along with Michael J. Seidlinger, were talking about the ramifications of a potential SOPA/PIPA (not to be confused with Pippa) debacle. I’ll transcribe some of our thoughts:

Joseph Michael Owens
This is one aspect of SOPA This means that YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia, Gmail, Dropbox and millions of other sites would be “Internet sites…dedicated to theft of U.S. property,” under SOPA’s definition. Simply providing a feature that would make it possible for someone to commit copyright infringement or circumvention (see: 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0) is enough to get your entire site branded as an infringing site. (quote provided by Celeste Duckworth)

Michael J Seidlinger
Wikipedia’s blackout should do some damage.

Colin McCarthy
Blackouts of websites will do nothing. Also SOPA will likely fail and PIPA will pass which is about 75% identical and most of that is specifying what penalties will be given if existing laws are broken.

Joseph Michael Owens
They both need to be shot down.

Michael J Seidlinger
I agree. PIPA is just as bad. Why would PIPA pass but SOPA fail?

Colin McCarthy
Oh I agree.

Colin McCarthy
PIPA is a senate bill and SOPA is house bill.

Joseph Michael Owens
PIPA is the new SOPA

Michael J Seidlinger
I’ve been way too afraid of these bills to really read into them. What are the chances PIPA will pass?

Colin McCarthy
SOPA seemed more like a smokescreen for PIPA to pass cause it hasn’t had as much scrutiny therefore it’s “better”

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SOPA is on some bullshit!

We’ve addressed this before, but SOPA is some serious bullshit you should NOT be OK with.
Read on (via Mashable):

This is one aspect of SOPA This means that YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia, Gmail, Dropbox and millions of other sites would be “Internet sites…dedicated to theft of U.S. property,” under SOPA’s definition. Simply providing a feature that would make it possible for someone to commit copyright infringement or circumvention (see: 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0) is enough to get your entire site branded as an infringing site.

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