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Thursday, 12 May 2011 12:32

US government moves closer to Big Brother

Written by Nick Farell

Forget the Constitution we need to protect Hollywood
The US Government, which was founded on the basis of a constitution, is about to give more of the powers that its revolutionaries claimed they fought for to Hollywood. In a bid to prop up Big Content's flagging business model, the government is about to bring in the Protect IP Act.

This will give  copyright holders and the authorities the power to disable access to so-called rogue sites. Coppers can seize domains, block ISPs, enforce, search engine censorship, and cutting funding of sites that the movie and film business claim is infringing websites. In short it is the sort of censorship that not even China has and it is tossing out all its Consitutional freedoms in the name of the Movie and Music trade.

We have seen the signs for a while now. The US government has seized more than 100 domain names it claimed were promoting copyright infringement.

But the Protect IP Act will give total control to the Movie and Music Industry to quash websites they claim are facilitating copyright infringement.  Rather than the movie and film industry having to deal with a registrant or owner of a domain name that accesses a foreign Internet site, or the foreign-registered domain name it will be the cops that will do it for them. If a domain is not registered or controlled by a US company, the authorities can also order search engines to remove the website from its search results, order ISPs to block the website, and order ad-networks and payment processors to stop providing services to the website in question.

As the law stands Big Content will just have to obtain a court order to prevent payment providers and ad-networks from doing business with sites that allegedly facilitate copyright infringement. However if they want to block sites it is probably better that they get the police too do it for them.

Nick Farell

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+38 #1 Super XP 2011-05-12 13:29
This is the one of the most stupid new laws in existence. O.K. everybody prepare to tear apart the constitution and give these clowns ultimate power. This is but a minor bump in our constitution, and there’s a lot more ridiculous laws coming in the future that will eventually strip away the right to freedom of speech and so on.
We need to put a stop to this sort of nonsense, we elected to Government to uphold the law, Are They?
+29 #2 dineaudio 2011-05-12 13:38
If that bill passes, the US is just burying itself even deeper in its own "excretions", by closing itself up to the world. That reeks of many other implications. It would mean the start of Internet censorship. Someone is afraid of the Internet and freedom of speech...
+15 #3 123s 2011-05-12 16:14
Its so stupid that its funny again but realizing that they´re serious makes it sad too.
+16 #4 eugen 2011-05-12 16:18
google yahoo bing bye-bye hello yandex or something else ..
+7 #5 Steve-O 2011-05-12 18:13
I'm sure some Senator will tack onto this some rediculous addendum (like denying reparations to dying 911 first responders) and this bill will get shot down faster than a bad cliche.
+13 #6 txsouthpaw 2011-05-12 20:09
The current trend of circumventing the courts and due process by corporate interests is nothing short of scary. Many Americans are intoxicated on a corrupted view of the free market concept that only values the supply side. Are the motives of corporations any more benign than those of government?
+8 #7 vkozyrev 2011-05-12 20:17
Not so surprising - the government bailed the banks with tax money and made it look like a good thing to do… and now Hollywood...
+10 #8 FlOw 2011-05-12 21:08
In MY government?

It's more likely then you think. :-?
+7 #9 123s 2011-05-12 21:11
Hope they had to pay a shit load of bribe money at least -.-
+5 #10 txsouthpaw 2011-05-13 07:23
In other news...Pfizer has just announced it's desire to seek the GOP Presidential nomination.

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