DEFEND THE NET

Thousands of website are expected to go dark or alter their appearance on Wednesday to protest proposed U.S. anti-piracy legislation, that many believe goes too far fighting online copyright and trademark infringement.

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Wired did a great job of summarizing the issue and the potential impact it will have on our world. Here is a quick shot of what they said:

“The bills give the Justice Department the power to seek court orders requiring search engines like Google not to render search results for infringing websites. (The proposals are vague and broad when it comes to defining an infringing site.)

The bills also allow the Justice Department to order internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T to block their users from visiting blacklisted sites. That would be unprecedented in the United States, though it’s a common tactic used in countries like Syria, Iran and China to clamp down on political dissent and adult content.

The SOPA proposal bars the distribution of tools and services designed to get around such blacklists. The ban could arguably cover tools such as VPNs and Tor used by human rights groups, government officials and businesses to protect their communications and evade online spying and filtering.

The proposals grant rights holders the ability to demand that judges order ad networks and financial institutions to refrain from doing business with sites right holders say are infringing.

The measures also give out legal immunity to ad networks and financial institutions that choose, without a court order, to stop placing ads or processing transactions for websites they deem are dedicated to infringing activity.

Copyright holders would face little penalty for filing takedown claims without doing due diligence or considering “fair use,” encouraging even more abuse of copyright takedown lawsuits”  Wired Magazine, Jan 18, 2012

Read the rest of the article here and follow up the status of defending the internet.

You can sign the petition here if you haven’t already, and contact your legislators here.

 


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