Holder Arrests Megaupload Board Members – SOPA & PIPA Must Go – Update: We Won!!!!

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Update, 12:54: Harry Reid tabled PIPA. SOPA has been tabled in the House. FOR NOW, we’ve won! This issue brought out people from the left and right because, apparently, we all agree on one thing, the Internet must remain free! We came within a hair’s breath of the Internet being taken over by the government, the MEDIA and HOLLYWOOD!  We wouldn’t fit into the equation.

Harry Reid said that he was postponing a test vote set for Tuesday “in light of recent events.” The Congress thought they were going to slip this monstrosity through without the people noticing.

Chris Dodd of the Motion Picture Association said, “This is altogether a new effect,” comparing this online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing “an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically.” in the last four decades.

We the people can make a difference! BUT, we better remain vigilant, especially when it concerns the Internet. Those who have little regard for freedom would grab control without notice and in no time at all. The Internet is a lure for money hungry power mongers. They almost just won.

Original Story: DOJ Holder is going to make felons of anyone and everyone who links in any way, no matter how innocuous, to a site accused of piracy. Everyone will have to spy on everyone else for self-protection and it will be done in secret. SOPA and PIPA will make civil violations of copyright infringement into federal felonies requiring heavy fines and extensive jail terms in federal prison.

Are you worried yet? You should be. You can forget the free Internet. It won’t be free for you and me!

The U.S. DOJ, aka Holder, just shut down one of the largest file sharing sites in the world, a company called Megaupload. I have some mixed feelings about it because they are sharing movies, music, and TV shows that the owners don’t want shared without being paid royalties and they have the law on their side. But these cases have always been handled civilly.

What worries me is the charges they slapped the owners with. They didn’t just shut the site down. They accused the company’s founders and others in administration of racketeering, money laundering and presiding over “massive” online piracy. To me, this case is a civil suit, but our government wants to throw them all in a federal pen for 20 or 30 years.

Those behind the website have claimed that it diligently responds to any complaint regarding pirated material, according to the Guardian. The U.S. DOJ disagrees.The FBI arrested people as far away as New Zealand.

The Megaupload website was closed down, with the FBI seizing an additional 18 domain names associated with them. Can you see how easily some innocent site linking to them could get caught up in this sting?

This is why SOPA and PIPA must not pass. The U.S. government has enough power as exemplified by this massive criminalization of what should have been a civil action. Why does the government need more power?

SOPA & PIPA pit Silicon Valley against Hollywood with Hollywood in charge. U.S. media firms do not want you sharing anything, bottom line. The bills make U.S. media firms judge, jury and executioner. They won’t just force every Internet site into censorship but they will also punish  the original sites and anyone who didn’t censor well enough and included one iota of their “pirated” links.

From the Guardian: If the phrase “any source of public web content” seems like a dry detail, substitute the name of your favourite web publisher: you. The US is, for the moment at least, the world’s premier host of sites that support user-generated material – Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Wikipedia, Reddit, on and on. And under the proposed law, every one of those sites would have to take steps to prevent publishers, which is to say people, which is to say you, from helping anyone find out about the existence of sites the US media firms don’t like. And since the law doesn’t require a private company to provide any advance notice before the blacklisting, these sites will be forced to spy on their users, in advance and all the time, to make sure you are not talking about sites media firms in the US do not want you to talk about, even if you are not a US citizen.

In the end, all content on the Internet will be solely the provence of professionals who have the power and the money. You’d only be able to look at what is on the Internet – it would not be safe to publish.

The Congress won’t stop pushing these bills so one has to assume this was their goal from day one. Read more: The Guardian

Many sites, including Wiki, went black yesterday in protest.

2500 Protest Against SOPA & PIPA Outside the Offices of Senators Schumer & Gillibrand

2500 protestors against SOPA & PIPA stood outside Senators Schumer and Gillbrand’s offices yesterday and more than 80,000 others have emailed President Obama urging him to veto SOPA and PIPA. Unfortunately, Hollywood and their supporters are demanding Obama sign the bill or lose their financial support.

Currently 18 Senators (PIPA is the Senate bill and SOPA is the House bill) including 7 cosponsors have pulled their support. We must keep up the emails and the phone calls.

 

Click here to tell President Obama to veto these bills.

Click here to contact Congress.

 

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