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    SOPA will make the whole internet like WordPress.com

    SOPA will make the whole internet like WordPress.com

    Readers have been emailing me about the dangers of the Stop Online Privacy [wow, what a slip] Piracy Act but I’ve been a bit distracted.  Here’s the concern from the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

    The “Stop Online Piracy Act”/”E-PARASITE Act” (SOPA) and “The PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA) are the latest in a series of bills which would create a procedure for creating (and censoring) a blacklist of websites. These bills are updated versions of the “Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act” (COICA), which was previously blocked in the Senate. Although the bills are ostensibly aimed at reaching foreign websites dedicated to providing illegal content, their provisions would allow for removal of enormous amounts of non-infringing content including political and other speech from the Web.

    The various bills define different techniques for blocking “blacklisted” sites. Each would interfere with the Internet’s domain name system (DNS), which translates names like “www.eff.org” or “www.nytimes.com” into the IP addresses that computers use to communicate. SOPA would also allow rightsholders to force payment processors to cut off payments and advertising networks to cut ties with a site simply by sending a notice.

    I’m not in a position to agree or disagree with the concern; I just haven’t looked into it carefully enough yet.  But there are plenty of other people who are concerned, with a STOP SOPA movement growing.  Instapundit has numerous links.

    Concerns about Google unilaterally being able to shut down a Blogger blog was one of the motivations for me moving to a self-hosted platform.

    Now WordPress.com has pulled the plug on BareNakedIslam blog under pressure from CAIR.  (Note, although Legal Insurrection uses WordPress software, this blog is not hosted on WordPress.com.)

    If the claims about SOPA are accurate, then the entire internet will be like being hosted at WordPress.com, leaving politically incorrect blogs like Legal Insurrection at risk.  There will be nowhere to run.

    So out of an abundance of caution, consider me part of STOP SOPA.

    Update:  BareNakedIslam has been turned back on, Instapundit has the letter from WordPress.

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    Boy am I glad I didn’t switch to WordPress…

    Of course, if Congress passes SOPA / Protect-IP, no one will be safe. Then who will stand up for Liberty?…


     
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    john.frank | December 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Let’s see who are supporting SOPA:

    http://judiciary.house.gov/issues/Rogue%20Websites/List%20of%20SOPA%20Supporters.pdf

    Any of the large internet firms like Amazon, Ebay, or Yahoo! on that list? Nope.

    Any of the people who helped create the Internet and who know what works and what does not on that list? Nope.

    Is there a better alternative? Yes.

    http://keepthewebopen.com/

    OPEN: Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade Act

    Members of Congress Supporting the OPEN Act

    http://keepthewebopen.com/supporters

    Representative Darrell Issa, one of the House supporters has been using his twitter feed over the Holiday break to send out a stream of tweets with links to helpful resources to fight SOPA:

    http://twitter.com/darrellissa

    His most recent was a re-tweet:

    MT @repjustinamash: #SOPA grants the federal gov’t & AG #Holder vast new powers to blacklist: http://fb.me/11Vysl4qH #OPEN #stopSOPA
    http://twitter.com/#!/DarrellIssa/status/152518513272176642

    In a recent blog post, Erick Erickson warned that Republicans who support SOPA, or the Senate equivalent, the Protecting IP Act will face a primary challenge in 2012.

    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/12/22/stopping-sopa/

    This is an issue that has the potential to bring political activists on both sides of the aisle together to stop this proposal.

    A managers amendment to SOPA was put forward by Representative Lamar Smith on December 14:

    http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/HR%203261%20Managers%20Amendment.pdf

    It is purportedly designed to resolve the issues surrounding SOPA.

    http://judiciary.house.gov/issues/Rogue%20Websites/Summary%20Manager%27s%20Amendment.pdf

    However, in reality it does not:

    An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress
    http://keepthewebopen.com/assets/pdfs/12-15-11%20Letter%20-%2083%20Engineers%20Open%20Letter%20to%20Congress.pdf

    It is time to stand up and say NO to SOPA and Yes to OPEN!


     
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    WarEagle82 | December 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

    These are the most frightening words in the English language! The internet has made freedom of expression and information flow so much greater and easier in the last 15 years.

    It is only natural that governments resent this and want to rein in freedom wherever it is found. This is the historical dialectic between freedom and government.

    That they do so in the name of freedom is pure Orwellian “doublespeak.”

    I believe there may well be a revolution against the federal government in my lifetime. Ten years ago I would have derided anyone who said that. Now, I am almost afraid to post such a thought on-line because I believe the government is watching…

    Astute Bloggers-

    IT’S TIME TO BOYCOTT THEM.

    I AM DELETING ALL WORDPRESS SITES FROM MY BLOGROLL AND WON’T RELIST THE BLOGS UNTIL THEY SWITCH SERVICES.

    UPDATE:

    I JUST DELETED INSTAPUNDIT, WATTS UP WITH THAT, LEGAL INSURRECTION AND SEVERAL OTHERS.

    I WON’T VISIT THESE SITES AND I DEMAND THEY LEAVE WORDPRESS OR PUBLICLY DEMAND WORDPRESS REINSTATE BARE NAKED ISLAM.

    comments…

    Zilla/MJ said…

    Legal Insurrection isn’t on WordPress any more, he moved to his own site a few months ago. He has his own server now.
    7:52 AM

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    Reliapundit said…

    li’s webpage still says wordpres
    9:22 AM

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    Just so you know……


     
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    TeaPartyPatriot4ever | December 31, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I absolutely agree with you Mr. Jacobson.. I absolutely disdain and dislike Disqus, for it’s utter incompetent software programming, but I loathe wordpress even more, for it, and it’s users technological insidious threats and current applications of free speech stifling, blacklistings, blogger targeting, adervertising targeting, in it’s many web weapons at their disposal of web blocking tools, etc, and so on..

    They must be stopped, or no one will ever be free and or safe again.. as if they succeed, then we will be living in a totalitarian regime State, instead of America..


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