Microsoft and Apple are the newest supports of the SOPA bill
Two more gaming giants are voicing their support for the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (or the Internet Censorship Bill as many critics have dubbed it). According to the Business Software Alliance (a trade group that represents some of the world's biggest software companies), the unlikely allies of Microsoft and Apple are now joining forces with the likes of Sony, Nintendo, and EA to support the bill.
For those who are unfamiliar with the bill it seeks to stop people from pirating music, movies, games, and software online. This is understandable from business standpoint but it's the preventative measures within the bill that are incredibly alarming.
If the U.S. Congress passes this bill, they would have the power to set up a firewall that would block out unwanted sites and even giving the U.S. jurisdiction over foreign websites that appear to be infringing upon American copyrights in any form. Not too mention that it's so vaguely worded, that it could potentially throw Fair Use out the window, so using music samples, images, and video clips for reviewing, blogging, or just basic enjoyment purposes could potentially get websites and users into trouble. So you can definitely see why so many people are up in arms against it (figuratively of course).
Here's hoping that Congress actually vote in favor of the American people for once, rather than the huge multi-billion dollar corporations. Oh wait. I forgot. Corporations are people now.
Oh and pizza is a vegetable.
The sad part of this is once this passes because everyone is all "this'll never pass" and are sitting on their asses about it, nobody will realistically do the one thing that needs to be done at that point because the overwhelming Silent Majority will take it up the ass yet again: violently overthrow the American government and replace the entirety of the corrupt politicians with fresh blood. Nobody seriously wants (and has the balls) to start the Second American Civil War, but if this passes and it doesn't happen, then everyone can pretty much kiss the United States of America goodbye.
It's called head-desk or face-couch, even then it doesn't really cut it.
Well, this bill breaks the first US amendment, (freedom of speech) the forth US amendment (prohibiting unreasonable searches) & the fifth US amendment! (the right to a fair trial) This bill is well good.
"Piracy is a service issue, not a technology issue." The only reason they are jumping on this bandwagon is because they believe that they can stop users from pirating their intellectual property (i.e. software and hardware)... as if they could try to begin with.
As for the "On the other hand" part, what kind of ways are there to protect their properties that was better? I'm sure there are, but I've never seen specific ones.
Alas, I haven't thought that far ahead. :(
Big companies are the devil.
What can us Europeans do? We want to help but we don't know how!!!
Who even uses Bing?
This is horrible! Even for us Europeans!!
The most important reason why this bill will not pass is because if it does, the resulting censorship will be unconstitutional because of the First Ammendment, which grants Americans the right to free speech. So if it does pass, the government will make themselves unconstitutional. And that would be the biggest fail in the history of forever.
There will be many reasons why this bill will not be passed. For one, censorship over the Internet, the motherload of all information, will ruin innovation altogether and the only place where people can actually exercise their freedom without fear. On the other hand, corporates have to protect their property, but there has to be a much better way of doing it without resorting to such drastic measures. It can ruin a lot of hobbies and businesses.
Why would Microsoft back this bill up? They are going to lose instant messeger and not to mention what will happen to Bing
"People should not be afraid of their governments. GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE AFRAID OF THEIR PEOPLE!"
Gov should be afraid of the People, Corporations/top ceo's of banks should be afraid of the Gov
Wait, seriously?!?! I don't think a facepalm quite covers this, man!
My mind is full of fuck... If shit goes down i hope we can settle this peacefully, because I'd hate to go into another civil war with the already shit state that we're in. But i guess it's better than the possible gradualism that could lead to worse things than another war, if it's contained to us only that is, which is all the more reason to give the people what they want.
While I agree the bill needs to be stopped, this actually has absolutely nothing to do with the first amendment. Go read it.
if the bill is implemented and they censor to these extreme lengths the media will cover it and ppl will go ape shit, but if they are more careful they could pull this off and jeoprodize the last place with true freedom: our beautiful internet