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SOPA? So What?

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If you live in the United States – and especially if you do not – you should be interested in a piece of legislation that is currently making the rounds in the US Congress. The legislation is called SOPA or PIPA (no, not Middleton). This legislation is being fiercely contested with the movie and music industries backing the legislation while the tech industry fights the good fight against it. No points for guessing which side I’m on.

In a nut shell, SOPA will give the US Attorney General and plaintiffs (such as the RIAA and MPAA) new powers to fight foreign sites that engage, enable or facilitate copyright infringement. They will fight these sites using a four pronged approach:

1) Require search engines to delete the site from all search results.
2) Require ad networks to stop display ads on or for the site.
3) Require payment processors (eg Paypal) to prevent any transactions between US customers and the site.
4) Block US visitors from accessing the site.

Just over a year a go, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized “dozens of domain names linked to illegal file sharing and counterfeit goods” (via cnet). If I understand correctly, SOPA is meant to target similar sites, but whose domain names cannot be seized because they are foreign domain names. Among the domain names seized by ICE was, a popular hip hop blog. The evidence of copyright infringement? Songs sent by representatives of the copyright holder to dajaz1 to promote on their blog. was returned to its rightful owner but only after more than a year after it was wrongfully seized (via techdirt x2).

Do we really need a bill to expand powers that are already being abused?

If you live in the US and haven’t already contacted your Congressmen, please do. Google has a simple form here you can fill out and it takes less than a minute (unless you have a really really long name or type really slowly)

Written by Mek

January 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

Posted in Uncategorized

23 Responses

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  1. Done and done. Thanks Mek!


    January 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

  2. It’s a good thing you didn’t black out MLIA completely or some people would have crawl into little balls. I have signed already and contacted my local representatives, mwahaha.


    January 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

  3. I contacted mine. Thanks.


    January 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

  4. Done.


    January 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm

  5. I don’t live in the states, but I still signed the petition.


    January 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  6. Can you get rid of rainbowxx_chik_bbycakes in the comments, s’il vous plait?


    January 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    • So… That’s not my picture. Apparently somebody owns


      January 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      • you can change your picture at


        January 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    • His/Her comments might be stupid, but that’s not reason enough to block the user. That’s what the ‘bad’ button is there for.


      January 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm

  7. Why can’t I post any new stories?


    January 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  8. Thanks, Mek, you summed that up quite nicely. I fills out the petition thingy and so yeah. I just has a question, though. Will the new law, if passed, effect MLIA at all?


    January 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  9. Sopa sounds stupid and a way for the rich to get richer and the poor site runner people to lose money.


    January 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

  10. SOPA and PIPA bad because it’s such a horrible way to go about things. There’s a 99% chance that it won’t even do what the want it to. I signed the petition and contacted my representatives, because this crap kills the internet and makes the whole country worse.


    January 19, 2012 at 9:30 am

  11. Hey, you should totally let us swear again. That’d be cool.

    … I miss it. D’:
    This is totally relevant because Interwebs censorship is bad.


    January 20, 2012 at 1:25 am

    • … So that’s a no?


      January 25, 2012 at 4:33 am

  12. Hey mek,
    I’m being stalked. It’s rather creepy. I mean, I know I asked for a sexy foreigner but this person took it to a weird extreme (plus, who DOESN’T want a sexy foreigner, I mean, c’mon now). Their username is Sexy_Foreigner. I’d appreciate either you telling me who it is, by way of their email, or getting rid of them, because stalking is really creepy. I’m sure you’d find it creepy if someone was stalking you on the internet, right? Well, if you can’t do anything, that’s alright. I’ll just take on a secret identity and never be AP ever again, but it’s a little drastic, right?


    January 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    • Okay, this person even wrote a post about me. It’s really, really strange. Mek, please do something?


      January 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      • I’ll look into it.


        January 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      • Thank you!


        January 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm

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