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Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA)

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-segal/stop-the-internet-blackli_b_739836.html

    So this isn't so much current, I guess, seeing as the bill is about one week old, but I still felt a need to comment on it. I really can't say anything more than what the author said about the subject. Essentially this bill will further limit Americans's freedom of expression and freedom of speech if passed, and places even more power in media companies (see the second to last paragraph of the article). I'm really hoping this bill doesn't get passed, otherwise I don't think the US could honestly call itself the land of the free and home of the brave anymore. I expect this from countries like China, not the U.S..

    Now, I understand a lot of what supports the bill, that being the prevention of Internet piracy, a cause I can support. However, the method to do so as described within the bill is something I can't agree with. It's one thing to censor a torrent site, such as Pirate Bay, because the main purpose of that site is the distribution of (mostly) illegal content. It's a totally different matter to censor a website for hosting some illegal content without warning, such as Youtube. The example in the article depicting the ease Viacom would have to block Youtube is only one example of many instances. The broad version of that example would be if a Corporation wanted to block a site, the DOJ (Department of Justice, an ironic title in this context) could put it on Blacklist #2 and encourage ISPs to block to domain without a court order.

    I'm glad there are some people taking action, and I've even found an online petition to combat the bill (feel free to sign if you want).
     
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    Yeah, I read up on this a week ago. I have doubts on it even passing through committee. It's so close to mid-term elections that it wouldn't surprise me if it turns into a polarized debate. If it made it to an actual Congressional vote, I again doubt it would pass. Then again, a large amount of the opponents of such a bill don't generally have a good voter turn-out. If it somehow was passed, I would hope that it was found unconstitutional.
     
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    I think that "broad" bill like the one described above are generally bad news. Sweeping reform is always a catch phrase that makes me cringe. I think strengthing laws is okay but case by case is how copyright and infringement laws should be handled.

    I am curious as to the impact the internet is having on the power structures. The fact that so much information is readily available and so quickly is a somewhat "power breaking" tool. There was a time in the not so distant past where publishing/ media empires held considerable power over the masses because they funneled most information. Now we are seeing many of these empires struggle to stay in business. I find it really interesting to see how the impact of the net is unfolding. Couple the instant access plus the questionable content and the connectivity with other people all over the world and you have something that is going to be changing society for decades.
     
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    Well, the date for the Judiciary Committee has come and gone, and I haven't seen/heard very much about the discussion for COICA on the net. I did find one article earlier today that said the bill had been shelved for now. I'm really surprised it didn't go through because Thursday was voting day (at least in Iowa). And a celebrity died. However, as mentioned in the below article, efforts are still being made to get ISPs to voluntarily obey what COICA demands. I find that a little unnerving.

    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Entertainment-Industry-COICA-Bill-Shelved-110671
     
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