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SOPA Being Sugarcoated as OPEN?

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Forgive my use of internet jargon, but after the epic fail that SOPA/PIPA legislations suffered after being faceplanted by everyone from Jimmy Wales to your neighborhood lolcat, Freedom and Democracy Corporation (read: US Congress) is working on a new legislation introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cali.), which he claims will plug the shortcomings of SOPA and PIPA.

The bill is meticulously named OPEN (riding on the "keep web open" moniker), the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act., (H.R. 3782), was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday (01/18), the same day as an Internet protest when a number of high-profile websites such as Wikipedia went dark. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has introduced the OPEN Act in the U.S. Senate. OPEN is essentially similar to SOPA, except that the discretionary authority that will address IP infringement complaints will be the International Trade Commission (ITC), instead of US Department of Justice. This would also make the legislation palatable to the international community which has been concerned over US' unilateral actions on the very functioning of the internet.



Says Rep. Darrell Issa, “If the ITC investigation finds that a foreign registered website is ‘primarily’ and ‘willfully’ infringing on the IP rights of a U.S. rights holder, the commission would issue a cease and desist order that would compel payment processors (like Visa and Paypal) and online advertising providers to cease doing business with the foreign site in question. This would cut off financial incentives for this illegal activity and deter these unfair imports from reaching the U.S. market.”

The likes of Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, have expressed satisfaction with the bill, however the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) is not very happy, as it thinks it goes too soft on pirates. The fine-print of the bill can be accessed here (PDF).

Source: PCWorld
 
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It was known that they'll just repack the SOPA/PIPA crap and it'll pass easily. And you'll see, it will happen... i just wonder why USA is so loud about so called democracy if it's clearly all about money and lobbies. It's just a matter of who pays who.
 

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It's definitely more pallettable than SOPA but I'm still wary because I believe that DMCA is more than enough.

I am glad that the RIAA is losing influence though. The MPAA is the big threat we hear about constantly now.
 

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well it doesn't seem to matter. They've already closed/altered most decent file locker sites. Filesonic and Fileserve are now useless.
 
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Ok we all have seen what they did to Mr Dotcom and megaupload, I don't understand what more power they need.
Specifically what is preventing them from cracking down on piracy with current laws all these bills seem like a power grab by a scared government.
 
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This may be fine, but I'm too lazy to read all the details for it. I'll wait for the piratebay info graphic on why I should hate it.
 
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we also have ACTA to worry about, which works at a global level...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Xg_C2YmG0

Ok we all have seen what they did to Mr Dotcom and megaupload, I don't understand what more power they need.
Specifically what is preventing them from cracking down on piracy with current laws all these bills seem like a power grab by a scared government.
scared indeed. apparently, too many information revolutions are starting to occur worldwide. people are waking up
 
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But......but what happen to the black out? The anonymous attack on the DOJ?! I thought you guys sent a message to Washington?!!

lol told ya so. All the protesting in the world is not gonna stop SOPA or a bill like SOPA with a different name.

Also for you people bitching about the US snatchin yo people up you better look at YOUR OWN government. They are allowing them to do so.
 

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"send a maniac to catch a maniac"............. hire pirates to catch pirates.......just a thought.
 
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I just saw The Daily Show's segment on SOPA. John Stewart hilarious as usual.

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Watch-Jon-Stewart-SOPA-Rant-Daily-Show-38792.html

People really need to contact their senators and representatives and tell them that we don't need these useless new regulations, in any shape or form.

I'd much rather have a minority of the population being able to freeload media than have any amount of my own liberties taken away. If greedy corporations want to crack down, then they should research new ways to encrypt, scramble, or otherwise make it a hassle to pirate said media, and make good incentives to purchase legitimate versions. Instead they are wasting billions on lobbying.
 

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damric said:
If greedy corporations want to crack down, then they should research new ways to encrypt, scramble, or otherwise make it a hassle to pirate said media
They are. It's called DRM and it doesn't effect the pirates in the least.
 
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They are. It's called DRM and it doesn't effect the pirates in the least.
The saying "locks are for honest people" applies to the realm of software as well.
 
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I like how the Obama administration has not REALLY taken a stance SOPA gives bad PR something a one billion dollar organization doesn't need bad PR 9 months from election. It's all greed just because Hollywood needs more money lets destroy the internet.

Here is a novel idea how about you make a product that is worth buying, you are not losing billion of dollars in revenue when NO ONE would buy the product to begin with. I really think the criminal that back SOPA and PIPA had to go the extremes because ISPs were not being compliant with their insane wishes maybe if simply had to pay the retail value of the item you pirated instead of $5000
 
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As we saw with Megaupload, there's no need for new laws to enforce IP protection. But fight it as we might, the government can haz all. Sad truth.

If it was really a matter of protecting IP, then the first thing needed would be to update the antiquated copyright system which has never provisioned for the advent and proliferation of the internet.

Good luck USA, Europe is not far behind with their soulless politicians.
 
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"Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon)"

Goddammit Ron, stop being such an idiot. :shadedshu
 
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No!
 
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I think the difference is in how things are handled. It even says with OPEN the content owners have to contact the ITC who will issue C&D's on people whom they deem have broken the law. It's not a unilateral blocking of web content at the Entertainment Industries request like SOPA was.
 

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But, if they pass OPEN, the MPAA will likely still pursue "SOPA Plus." Might as well not give them anything.
 
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Well fuck me, I've never been so tempted to start pirating shit. Maybe if we all do it we can cost them enough money that they wouldn't be able to afford to draft these bills that take away our rights.
 
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This has nothing to do with pirates. These new laws or bills are setup to eventually remove the rights from mankind. I think it's about time everbody say NO to this nonesense.

You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig, it would just look nicer on the outside.

People we are over legislated, and it's getting nuts.
 

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i think its not a really stupid bill like SOPA.

take a look at this :

If the ITC investigation finds that a foreign registered website is ‘primarily’ and ‘willfully’ infringing on the IP rights of a U.S. rights holder.


so if the admin can prove that he\she didn't that there were copyright content in their website then the admin and their website will not ended like megaupload.