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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Americans Won’t Welcome Online-Piracy Crackdown

Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) — This month, Congress is expected to move forward on controversial legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) in the Senate, both aimed at halting online copyright infringement.

The shorthand version of the controversy pits Hollywood against the Internet, with the studios pleading for more power to shut down overseas pirate sites. Internet companies, in turn, are warning that those powers may stifle innovation, open the door to online censorship, and even break the addressing system that makes the Internet work. Just this week, the White House — a major supporter of increased enforcement — acknowledged these concerns.

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  • godan.nambudiripad

    I was imagining what will happen if copywrite protection were not available in the whole world ever. Well, we did not have this for thousands of years and human species have grown and prospered. How will be a world if did not have this, for the ordinary people.

  • AZ_Tom

    In the United States, anything anyone writes has an informal copyright that still is lawful. Therefore, anything that is place on the internet by anyone that any of us downloads is a violation of copyright law. The distinction that seems to be being made, though not explicitly, is the argument over material where the copyright has been registered with the Registrar of Copyrights at the Library of Congress. The problem is that anyone can place the word “Copyright” or “©” and a year noted on anything they write, even if it is not registered. So how is anyone (ISP’s included) to know what is or is not registered?

  • kurt.lorentzen

    The problem with these measures is that they can’t possibly address either the supply or demand side of Internet piracy. Recording companies place videos on Youtube – formally copyrighted – for all to download. Movies streamed from Netflix are copyrighted. And as AZ_Tom points out, everything posted on the Internet has an implicit copyright. Throwing the enforcement of such things on the backs of ISPs is ridiculous. Talk about your unfunded mandates, this essentially would require ISPs into a large and insidious surveillance business for which they receive no compensation. ISPs are not experts at determining what is “legal” and what is not so would end up blocking all kinds of content for lack of resources and experience, and to avoid fines and penalties. And people would just figure out how to utilize technology used by businesses to send data over the Internet securely. Encrypted connections would permit the piracy to continue and ISPs have no way to see what the contents of an encrypted stream contain. In short, it’s an invasive, costly waste of time and money that will provide only for the ability of government to censor, and do virtually nothing to solve the problem.

  • kurt.lorentzen

    My previous post neglected to address its title. As pointed out in the article, people now EXPECT entertainment content to be delivered via the Internet. My house as an example has exclusively Internet delivered TV. We watch our network shows, Netflix movies and broadcast news from a computer that is connected to our TV. Just as the postal service has been replaced by email and messaging for most daily communications, and video rentals by Netflix, entertainment delivery is beginning to be displaced by content delivered to our homes over the Internet. The answer to piracy is innovation. Who’s would watch a low-resolution, home rendered movie shot in a movie house on a $99 camcorder if they could watch the same movie in Blu-Ray quality for a buck or two? Netflix’s instant-watch library and Amazon’s Video-on-Demand models are awesome for the consumer and profitable for the provider (and for the studios). It’s time for the studios to step into the 21st century in the delivery of content.

  • JoeVadalma

    What is seldom mentioned in these debates are E-book authors. Most of us get a pittance in royalties as it is. When we see thousands of copies of our work downloaded for free, it makes us sick to our stomach. If the piracy keeps up, I see E-books going away, which I suppose will make the big NY publishers and bookseller chains happy.


    shut down sites that SELL STOLAN PROPERTY, search engines are made for finding stuff for sale. leave the rest of us the hell alone, no government snooping. you can not trust the D.C. crooks to watch themselves, let alone anything else.