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Author Topic: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates  (Read 42505 times)
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« Reply #25 on: August 03, 2012, 08:35:33 AM »

(probably no big deal, but the two long links in the quote in your post are using your moniker)
Thanks for telling me. I thought I had removed any personal links, but they evidently used a unique ID for me (it came from an email). I have removed the IDs, which rather breaks the links. They just go to the Demand Progress website now.
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« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2012, 09:34:15 AM »

Don't forget gun freedom! They stuck gun control into that bill as well... Seriously. I'm not kidding.
Yes, I know. I think I already pointed that out in two places:
  • this thread above - here.
  • in the NRA thread that you started up in The Basement.
(My comment in each was "Huh?")

Ah - right. I forgot that was in this thread here. Either way, it's still a completely bizarre and desperate attempt.
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« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2012, 07:36:09 AM »

I noticed there is a Stop SOPA add-on for Firefox.
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« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2012, 06:51:11 PM »

Interesting legal decision reported by arstechnica: MPAA "embedding is infringement" theory rejected by court
(The text of the post is in the spoiler below.)
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« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2012, 06:56:47 PM »

Interesting legal decision reported by arstechnica: MPAA "embedding is infringement" theory rejected by court
(The text of the post is in the spoiler below.)

Ooops. Looks like someone in the MAFIAA forgot to buy off that judge... tongue
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« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2012, 08:26:11 PM »

Interesting legal decision reported by arstechnica: MPAA "embedding is infringement" theory rejected by court
(The text of the post is in the spoiler below.)
...Ooops. Looks like someone in the MAFIAA forgot to buy off that judge... tongue
There's many a true word spoken in jest...
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« Reply #31 on: August 05, 2012, 03:53:19 AM »

Interesting legal decision reported by arstechnica: MPAA "embedding is infringement" theory rejected by court
(The text of the post is in the spoiler below.)

Ooops. Looks like someone in the MAFIAA forgot to buy off that judge... tongue

It's Judge Posner again (Hooray!)

Someone should do an indie animated anime about him, he's on a RAMPAGE trying to stop the IP madness all by himself!
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« Reply #32 on: August 06, 2012, 02:00:32 AM »

Rather revealing post from arstechnica: MPAA leak: O'Dwyer, TVShack.net case "isn't about Internet freedom."
(Post copied below sans hyperlinks - which are worth reading also, so go to the actual post for further info.)
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« Reply #33 on: August 06, 2012, 02:02:13 AM »

It's Judge Posner again (Hooray!)
Someone should do an indie animated anime about him, he's on a RAMPAGE trying to stop the IP madness all by himself!
I didn't know about that. Good on Judge Posner!        Thmbsup
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« Reply #34 on: August 06, 2012, 02:32:47 AM »

Another news item here re the TPP draft, from arstechnica: Leaked: US proposal on copyright's limits
I am confused by this. Is this really how easy it is for commercial lobbies to write their own laws and bypass the Senate? That would seem to emasculate the relatively democratic Senate approval processes and effectively make the commercial lobbyists unelected "lawmakers" - wouldn't it?
(Post copied below sans hyperlinks - which are worth reading also, so go to the actual post for further info.)
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« Reply #35 on: August 06, 2012, 08:44:08 AM »

Another news item here re the TPP draft, from arstechnica: Leaked: US proposal on copyright's limits
I am confused by this. Is this really how easy it is for commercial lobbies to write their own laws and bypass the Senate? That would seem to emasculate the relatively democratic Senate approval processes and effectively make the commercial lobbyists unelected "lawmakers" - wouldn't it?

Still on the digital warpath...

It's much worse than that. Much, MUCH worse... If they fail, the Fuhrer President will act... Nah. I was right the first time. The Fuhrer will act...

http://thehill.com/blogs/...hs-executive-order-option

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After defeat of Senate cybersecurity bill, Obama weighs executive-order option

Senate Republicans recently blocked cybersecurity legislation, but the issue might not be dead after all.

The White House hasn't ruled out issuing an executive order to strengthen the nation's defenses against cyber attacks if Congress refuses to act.

Ahem... The Reichstag has been set on fire~!  Angry

Yep.

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The White House has emphasized that better protecting vital computer systems is a top priority.

And by "protecting vital computer systems", we mean stripping you of any remaining freedoms and rights that you may have...  Angry

God... It simply amazes me that... well... never mind.
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« Reply #36 on: August 06, 2012, 10:25:25 AM »


Well, I've done my bit of activism in my corners of the net, I'm gonna have to take a break from all this junk for a while. The emotional roller coaster is wearing me out now.
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« Reply #37 on: August 06, 2012, 10:48:03 AM »

Well, I've done my bit of activism in my corners of the net, I'm gonna have to take a break from all this junk for a while. The emotional roller coaster is wearing me out now.

Please don't give up! I perfectly well understand what you're feeling.

Not sure, but perhaps you can draw some strength and inspiration from here:

http://dont-tread-on.me/?p=454

(It may be a bit deep down the rabbit hole, but it addresses the emotional wear and tear.)
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« Reply #38 on: August 06, 2012, 11:41:53 AM »

Well, I've done my bit of activism in my corners of the net, I'm gonna have to take a break from all this junk for a while. The emotional roller coaster is wearing me out now.
I wonder how many people feel/think the same?
I have a theory that a lot of this nonsense is designed to desensitize people by flooding them with incessant change - you get change-induced fatigue/narcosis and stop fighting it. Even the most stalwart activists could become more malleable, less resistant and more accepting.
This is how Scientology and various other brainwashing cults operate.
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« Reply #39 on: August 06, 2012, 11:53:38 AM »

Well, I've done my bit of activism in my corners of the net, I'm gonna have to take a break from all this junk for a while. The emotional roller coaster is wearing me out now.
I wonder how many people feel/think the same?
I have a theory that a lot of this nonsense is designed to desensitize people by flooding them with incessant change - you get change-induced fatigue/narcosis and stop fighting it. Even the most stalwart activists could become more malleable, less resistant and more accepting.
This is how Scientology and various other brainwashing cults operate.

I was that way for a long time.

I won't discuss it in public, but get me out for a beer. Wink

(or 20)

But seriously, I get it. I was that way before. I'm simply sick of hiding my head in the sand now, and much more prone to spitting out the truth. It pisses some people off. I no longer care.
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« Reply #40 on: August 06, 2012, 02:20:08 PM »

Thanks for the notes guys.

In one sense, of the forums I post to, everyone knows the dangers at stake. And per Iain's note, it's absolutely exhausting, except it's not "an act", 'dem evil critters wanted SOPA for what it was, they didn't think 12 moves ahead in any kind of master plan. Rather, there's everything to gain and little to lose to just keep introducing these things, and like me, eventually the energy of the rebels wears out.

A main reason I'm going to take a break soon is that X internet freedom fighters can only do so much, we got the basic word out twice, on SOPA and ACTA, and we're all collectively getting tired and starting to miss the 3rd generation bills. So even if we keep hollering, one day some random FSCKILLA billa (or whatever acronym) bill hits, we'll be living in a Post-______ world.

What we need is some higher grade help, like Judge Posner I mentioned elsewhere, or maybe that new silicon valley corp coalition. We need a signature event that completely turns Copyright on its head by using their own over-extended rules against them, so devastatingly that it re-writes the entire global mood. Then I'll join back in the aftermath cleanup.

But it's getting to where I'm running out of steam in my local life, and if that happens I'll be of no use to the movement 3 years from now with whatever that time frame requires.

Edit: Although I was a low end mediocre player, I am permanently altered by my Magic the Gathering days, and I instinctively look for "News Combos". News outlets, trying to drill out copy as fast as possible, (lately?) seem to have a bad habit of treating each news "object" like it's its own thing, and either via author exhaustion or design, refuse to see what happens if you combine these IP related articles together. What MTG taught me is that even innocent looking (by innocent or malicious design) items can do absolutely devastating things in combination.

So (I'm forgetting now if I posted it here) like the Michigan law student who used a Supreme Court case to bust a local "don't yell at the meter maids" ordinance, my rough vision of these copyright rules is pinging my Combo Bell. Basically, if Copyright Infringements are $175,000 a pop, and Copyrighted Works come into play the *instant* that you create them, then some ballistic fluke backed by big pockets (to bull past the corruption stalling tactics) might be able to argue things that the mouse clicks that the user clicks *and saves locally in some kind of work* might constitute a Creative Work, and then Facebook gets to deal with $175,000 fines *per user* *per day*.

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« Reply #41 on: August 06, 2012, 02:40:51 PM »

Well, I've done my bit of activism in my corners of the net, I'm gonna have to take a break from all this junk for a while. The emotional roller coaster is wearing me out now.
I wonder how many people feel/think the same?
I have a theory that a lot of this nonsense is designed to desensitize people by flooding them with incessant change - you get change-induced fatigue/narcosis and stop fighting it. Even the most stalwart activists could become more malleable, less resistant and more accepting.
This is how Scientology and various other brainwashing cults operate.

It's more than a theory. Great minds and all that, it's been announced as an explicit strategy of theirs. "Keep pummeling them with successive versions and one day they will be too tired to fight back anymore." Sorry to say, for me, they won. (For now.)
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« Reply #42 on: August 08, 2012, 02:10:55 AM »

TorrentFreak has what looks like some good news!
Internet Archive Starts Seeding 1,398,875 Torrents
(Post copied below, sans hyperlinks. Worth a read.)
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« Reply #43 on: August 09, 2012, 09:56:42 AM »

Relevant to Internet freedoms and the Dotcom raid: Post at arsTechnica: (rather good video they made there - "Are Your Politicians for Sale?)
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« Reply #44 on: August 13, 2012, 05:07:39 AM »

Interesting post at Hacker News: Ask HN: Wikileaks is available from Tor. Who's blocking it?
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Ask HN: Wikileaks is available from Tor. Who's blocking it?
9 points by alex_marchant 47 minutes ago | 6 comments
It looks like the DDoS isn't the main culprit here. I assume that if the site is available from Tor, then someone must be blocking the site.
Can ISP's block Wikileaks? What is their justification if so?
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That's pretty interesting. I can't reach wikileaks.ch from my home connection, or from one linode instance, but it is available through a second linode instance (in Dallas):
https://www.refheap.com/paste/4309
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Can you give a little more context?
Wikileaks.org loads just fine using my standard ISP here in Germany. I once worked for a project that scraped WL periodically for content, so I can tell you from experience that Wikileaks uptime is not exactly stellar - that's why they have a million mirror sites.
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Wikileaks has been having DDoS issues for quite a few days now[1], and wikileaks.org (88.80.2.33) is not available with my ISP in Sweden.
[1] http://www.technolog.msnb...technology/technolog/wiki...
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Why would it be available so consistently in the Tor browser though?
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I have no clue. It does seem like it's blocked selectively as guns seems to have it working from linode.
Edit: It also seems to work from an Amazon instance that I have access to.
Edit 2: It seems like it works from my university (Lund in Sweden).
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I'm in the US. If it doesn't load in any browser, and http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ says its down, but then loads instantly in Tor... I assume something is preventing me from seeing it.

Presumably, this could be deliberate blocking/censoring of Wikileaks(?). If it is, then it may be a deliberate test/demonstration of a fait accompli. I suppose that it could be pointless to think of fighting the SOPA etc. legislation, if the Internet controls were already in place and being used to "good effect".
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« Reply #45 on: August 30, 2012, 03:06:28 AM »

The Continuing Assault on Internet Freedom - via US Statute - is evidently is not going to stop anytime soon.
Article from publicknowledge.org:
Secret Bill Pushes Part of SOPA and Wastes Your Money
And now, there's this in confirmation: (part quote only, sans hyperlinks)
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Next to the MPAA, the main lobbying organization that pushed SOPA was the US Chamber of Commerce. The organization and its laughably inept "Global Intellectual Property Center" are infamous for the fact that they have absolutely no shame in using completely bogus numbers to argue for bad laws that their highest spending backers support. Not surprisingly, the USCoC did not take the loss over SOPA lightly, and it appears that they're gearing up for the next version of SOPA in 2013. As pointed out by Gautham Nagesh, the USCoC has kicked off a new ad campaign priming the pump for new legislation to "protect intellectual property."
(Read the link for the rest.)
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« Reply #46 on: August 30, 2012, 03:48:08 AM »

These douches will never stop. Another assault: TPP

https://www.eff.org/deepl...way-our-internet-freedoms

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) endangers the Internet and digital freedoms on par with ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA, and it does so in two significant ways: First, its intellectual property (IP) chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedoms and innovation, and second, the entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy. The TPP is a major threat because it will rewrite global rules on IP enforcement and restrict the public domain.

Actually, there is 1 way to stop them...
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« Reply #47 on: September 01, 2012, 04:59:29 PM »

Here's a nice 14-minute overview of this calamity:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h2dF-IsH0I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h2dF-IsH0I</a>
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« Reply #48 on: September 07, 2012, 04:49:05 AM »

This Slashdot post says a lot:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Accuses UK Government of "Draconian Internet Snooping"
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from the keep-your-eyes-on-your-own-screen dept.

An anonymous reader writes "According to British daily The Telegraph, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned that plans to monitor individuals' use of the internet would result in Britain losing its reputation as an upholder of web freedom. The plans, by Home Secretary Theresa May, would force British ISPs and other service providers to keep records of every phone call, email and website visit in Britain. Sir Tim has told the Times: 'In Britain, like in the US, there has been a series of Bills that would give government very strong powers to, for example, collect data. I am worried about that.' Sir Tim has also warned that the UK may wind up slipping down the list of countries with the most Internet freedom, if the proposed data-snooping laws pass parliament. The draft bill extends the type of data that internet service providers must store for at least 12 months. Providers would also be required to keep details of a much wider set of data, including use of social network sites, webmail and voice calls over the internet."
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« Reply #49 on: September 07, 2012, 07:01:47 PM »

Penny just dropped. Apparently **AA had figured out a long time back that copyright infringement complaints may not necessarily need to have any basis in fact. Vague or fabricated allegation might be all that is needed for relevant authorities to feel obliged to take action, and it becomes SEP (Someone Else's Problem) as to who pays for the time-wasting that ensues:
Anti-Piracy Outfits Think Megaupload, Demonoid & BTjunkie Are Still Alive
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"What this shows is that anti-piracy companies aren’t even bothering to check content anymore – they’re simply searching Google, firing off notices without a second thought, and then expecting the search giant to clean up the mess."

This seems pretty irresponsible, to me.
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