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I don't know much about this bill, but I ran across this today: 87% of Wikipedians despise the bill and support a Wikipedia Blackout to protest it. SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, and it goes before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee this Thursday, December 15.

I can relate that at the public library in the town of my birth, if you type "finish it" the computer system changes your "sh it" to xxxx. Pain in the A$$. But I have a feeling that's not the kind of censorship that's coming down the pipe on this one. Can anyone give me a primer on what this law would really do? I'd appreciate it.

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ford_prefect42
Dec. 15th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Ask and you will recieve:) I looked it up since you asked.

It's actually not so much "censorship" as "copyright protection". It's to keep people from streaming movies and suchlike :( It's not a *bad* bill in and of itself.

The tetchy part is that it creates a mandate that ISPs and other datamovers create filters that can screen out specified domains. It's intended to be like... xyxx.nz is a kiddy porn site in new zealand not subject to US law (we can't arrest the operators of the web site), so the Government puts them on a list, and henceforth, no US router will forward a packet to or from xyxx.nz. What has people in a tizzy is that once that capability is created, it's... pretty much going to be abused. How long after xyxx.nz is it before they declare that "hate-speech" also qualifies for listing in the "do not forward" list?

Long story short, it's another "It's not the bill, it's what the bill leads to" scenario.
liveonearth
Dec. 15th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, the slippery slope toward the police state. Well thanks for looking it up!!
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