BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

Originally posted by write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

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Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

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Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.

“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.


Hello again.

Well, I'm still alive, sitting around on Camp Casey. I've made PFC, and I've managed to make a few friends over here. I'm avoiding the soju and juicy girls, and I've acquired a new camera to take pictures of this strange and beautiful country while I'm here. Here's a recent pic of me.


Still here.

Man, I never post anything on this damn journal. I'm off to Camp Casey in less than a week, and I'm not sure what to think. I always figured I'd be going outcountry at some point, but I didn't think it would be right out of AIT. Oh well, I'm told that Korea is a fairly fun station, and as long as Kim Jong Il doesn't go even crazier I should be relatively safe for my whole time there.
Godzilla Got Busy

Shipping for Jackson on Wednesday.

I'll be in basic for a minimum of nine weeks, then god knows how many of AIT. I'll probably not have net access for any of that. So, until I see you again, I want you all to know that I love you, and that I wish you the best.

A quick update.

Well, I've less than a month to go until I ship out for Fort Jackson, to begin my three years (minimum) of service. I've been getting in progressively better shape as the time has passed, and I think I'll be able to make it through basic without dying. There's still a lot more for me to do, but I plan to make the best of the time I've got. Sadly, I think my biggest problem is going to be being cut off from the internet while I'm in training.

Still alive and all that.

I just don't have much to post about at the moment. I've started doing a little gaming on the weekends, and I'm still trying to get into shape before I ship to basic (Only about 60 days left, now).