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America Heading Towards The Internet Dictatorship?

The entertainment industry which is failing to keep up with the innovation and is relying on Flintstones model is conspiring with the US congress to break the Internet and freedom on the web.

After the Protect IP bill, the US congress is now working on yet another dangerous bill — SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which is apparently a disguise to give unlimited power to Hollywood to break the Internet and shutdown any website without any trial.

EFF fears that the bill will target three primary sites and may force shutdown – Flickr, Vimeo and Etsy. One of the primary targets is Mozilla, the foundation behind Firefox and Thunderbird.

EFF writes, “Proponents of the latest disastrous IP bill , the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) insist it only targets the “worst of the worst”: so-called “rogue” foreign websites that profit from pirating U.S. intellectual property. But the broad definitions and vague language in the bill could place dangerous tools into the hands of IP rights holders, with little opportunity for judicial oversight.  One very possible outcome: many of the lawful sites you know and love will face new legal threats.”

According to OpenCongress:

This bill would establish a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be dedicated to copyright infringement. The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against any site they deem to have “only limited purpose or use other than infringement,” and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. It would also make unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty up to five years in prison.

This is a dangerous bill and if passed will not only give unlimited power to Hollywood, but also break the Internet.

EFF is expecting an ‘explosion of opposition to the Internet Blacklist Bill. All major tech companies have come out opposing the bill including Facebook, Google, Twitter, eBay, Yahoo, AOL and Mozilla explicitly came out against both SOPA and PROTECT-IP in a letter to the ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees.

The worst part is that the US Congress is conspiring to pass the bill without giving the opposition any chance.

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Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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