PIPA & SOPA Must Die!

If either the US Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) or the US House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) become law, political blogs such as Red Mass Group (RMG) & Blue Mass Group (BMG) will cease to exist.

The congressional anti-piracy bill, if passed, would not be content to “censor” & “criminalize” the internet. It would kill it. So says Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt:

Schmidt said the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would punish Web firms, including search engines, that link to foreign websites dedicated to online piracy. He said implementing the bill as written would effectively break the Internet.

“By criminalizing links, what these bills do is they force you to take content off the Internet,” Schmidt said, calling it a form of censorship.

The search giant has been at the forefront of a tech industry backlash against the legislation from House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas).

“If Congress writes a bad law, we all suffer,” Schmidt said.

He compared the proposal to the Web censorship practiced by repressive foreign governments like China and doubled down on that comparison when speaking with reporters after his remarks at the Economic Club of Washington.

“It’s not a good thing. I understand the goal of what SOPA and PIPA are trying to do,” Schmidt said of the Senate counterpart bill, the Protect IP Act. “Their goal is reasonable, their mechanism is terrible. They should not criminalize the intermediaries. They should go after the people that are violating the law.”

Schmidt also criticized SOPA for targeting the Domain Name System, which experts have warned could undermine the security of the Web.

“What they’re essentially doing is whacking away at the DNS system and that’s a mistake. It’s a bad way to go about solving the problem,” Schmidt said.

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  1. We must stop these bills from becoming law. They are full of things that will have terrible unintended consequences. The Internet is only 6 percent of the economy but is more than 15 percent of the growth. Let’s not mess it up, people!

  2. As the author cites, the goal is reasonable but the means to achieve the goal is horrible….like trying to stop burglars by removing the road in front of your house.  And then filing charges against the gas station who sold the would be thieves fuel.

    This is nothing more than an admission that something bad is going on and holding others accountable because there is no reasonable means to catch the bad guy directly.

    And as a sometimes tech guy…messing with DNS to address a problem that is not a naming resolution problem….REALLY REALLY BAD IDEA.  It’s worse than any horrible solution I could dream up on my worst day.

  3. You’re all climbing on board with a company that’s proposed to violate the copyright of every American author by uploading their work without license or payment, and provides a search tool that gives anyone in the world look at the cars in your driveway?

    “Effectively break the internet?”

    That’s horseshit.

    Is it a good bill? I don’t know – I haven’t read it. But before you all go writing letters to your COngressman, don’t take Google’s word for it – read it yourself.

  4. I found this list of SOPA supporters thanks to http://www.ComicBookResources.com.  They listed it because Marvel Comics is in support of SOPA.  It’s not a surprise but Disney, via the their publishing arm as well as via ABC, Hyperion, and ESPN supports it as well.  Disney bought Marvel about 2 years ago now.  In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve collected well over 40,000 comics over the past 20 years, the vast majority being Marvel.  I also go on waaaaay too many Disney vacations. 🙂  

    Seriously, There are plenty of other interesting organizations in support in the full list provided by the House Judiciary Committee.

    Others include News Corp, CBS, NFL, MLB, Universal, Viacom, and a great many others.

    List of Supporters: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act


  5. I agree SOPA and PIPA must die it is going to do little but stunt the creativity of the masses it only really advantages the big media companies who probably started as small time directors, song writers or programmers. These bills will destroy sites such as funny junk (a prominent source of my entertainment) just for using images that don’t have direct authorization from the original creator

    Where do you think most of the internet’s meme’s come from

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