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SOPA: A BAD Idea

SOPA: A BAD Idea

Sometimes it is amazing how United States law can be an idiot savant. On Tuesday, January 24. The bill SOPA is going to come up for a vote. Thanks to lobbyists (brought to you by the RIAA) Freedom of Speech will effectively be stripped from the Bill of Rights.

Even nonpolitical companies are coming out against this insanely stupid bill. In effect, it becomes an Internet Blacklist Bill. The United States would be joining: China, Iran and Syria.

The special interest groups are going after a critical part of the Internet known as Domain Naming Service (DNS). Under this proposed law anybody who holds intellectual property (that would be you when you wrote that e-mail) without the need to appear in a court room and face a judge can claim a violation. The ruling is automatic. It would require the filing of a “counter notification” to allow the website back online.

I’m not from Texas, so I don’t really know Lamar Smith (R-TX). However, he is the ‘gentleman’ in the House of Representatives that has brought this to the table.

In two words, this bill is absolutely ludicrous. It makes a presumption of guilt until the accused steps up to prove innocence. The RIAA has already been found guilty of violating the law specifically, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) for issuing takedown notices from ‘facts’culled by a robot. That law specifically requires human review, which the RIAA has ignored.

That works something like this. If I said “Michael Jackson would say: Beat It”, the robots would see the string Michael Jackson and the title of his song. They then robotically issued a takedown notice that I was pirating the song, Beat It. DCM a specifically requires human review. A fact conveniently neglected by the RIAA. I’m not just making this up. They’ve been busted in court for this.

This impacts you. Whether you live in the United States or not.

Having spent my life as a technical trainer and prolific author of some three dozen ‘doorstops’ also known as technical manuals, I’m a sensitive as anyone to someone stealing my work.

People whom create intellectual property deserve to get paid or not based on the marketplace and its demands.

While I feel some sympathy for Hollywood, Inc. force feeding laws that are clearly unconstitutional is not the way to go. And even when they have had law on their side, they have proven they don’t need to uphold their end of the bargain.

TRCBNews will not be affected by this should this law, should it come to pass. In fact, we will probably benefit. This is because 100% of our material is generated in-house. Anyone attempting a takedown notice on our site would be guilty of fraud. As a few unfortunate individuals have found, making false accusations against the TRCB family of companies finds the ire of the judge for committing a clearly false statement into the legal system.

And it is not our position for TRCBNews to benefit unfairly at the expense of others.

We are joining other generally apolitical high-tech institutions and calling your attention to SOPA. http://americancensorship.org/

The bottom line is TRCBNews ( and its other divisions ) want to earn your business and your time, fairly. Not riding on the coattails of some special interest group. It’s time to tell the folks in Washington, DC we have spent a lot of money and lost a lot of lives for freedom. Don’t let them take that away from you.

3 Responses to SOPA: A BAD Idea

  1. Two frightening pieces of controversial legislation, SOPA and The NDAA only go to further stifle our Constitutional Rights without the approval of the Americans, just as the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the events of 9/11. A mere 3 criminal charges of terrorism a year are attributed to this act, which is mainly used for no-knock raids leading to drug-related arrests without proper cause for search and seizure. The laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and censor public opinion without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html

  2. Tcat Houser says:

    A really nice (if longish) With Great Thought And Detail from a Professional in Hollywood. http://www.calitics.com/diary/14115/confessions-of-a-hollywood-professional-why-i-cant-support-the-stop-online-piracy-act