Internet Censorship - Now in the US

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Sep 29, 2010
  1. Do12three
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    COICA Fact Sheet

    What bill are we talking about?

    It's S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). It's currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    What exactly does it do?

    The bill creates two blacklists of Internet domain names. The first can be added to by a court, the second by the Attorney General. Internet service providers (everyone from Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the first list. They would also receive immunity (and presumably the government's gratitude) for blocking domains on the second list.

    What kind of domains can go on the list?

    The list is for domains "dedicated to infringing activity," which is defined very broadly — any site where counterfeit goods or copyrighted material are "central to the activity of the Internet site" would be blocked.

    What's so bad about that?

    Well, it means sites like YouTube could get censored in the US. Copyright holders like Viacom argue that copyrighted material is central to activity of YouTube. But under current US law, YouTube is perfectly legal as long as they take down copyrighted material when they're informed about it -- which is why Viacom lost their case in court. If this bill passes, Viacom doesn't even need to prove YouTube is doing anything illegal -- as long as they can persuade a court that enough other people are using it for copyright infringement, that's enough to get the whole site censored.

    And even without a court order, sites can get blacklisted just by order of the Attorney General -- and the bill encourages ISPs to block those sites as well. ISPs have plenty of reason to obey a government blacklist even when they're not legally required.

    Isn't the word censored a little overheated?

    Not at all. In the US, the way things work is that if you're using the Internet to do something illegal, you're brought to court and the courts can shut you down. This bill would bypass that whole system by forcing Internet service providers to block access to sites that are otherwise up. People in other countries could still get to them, but Internet users in the US would be blocked. This kind of Internet censorship is exactly the sort of thing the US government has been criticizing China and Iran for -- just the other day, Obama told the UN that "We will support a free and open Internet." Now it turns out we're going to start censoring the Internet ourselves.

    But it's just limited to copyright!

    How long do you think that will last? Once the Attorney General has a system set up for censoring the Internet, everyone who has a problem with a website will want to get in on it. How long before it's expanded to block Wikileaks, pornography, gambling, anarchists, supposed terrorists, and anybody else the Attorney General doesn't like that day? If people are doing something illegal, the government should take them to court and shut them down -- not try to bypass due process by blocking their domain name.

    Won't Internet users just work around the blacklist?

    Yes -- at the cost of a major blow to the United States. Currently the United States is the global hub of Internet traffic, but if this law passes Internet traffic will be reconfigured to route around it. Companies will move their US servers and domain names overseas, Internet users will route their traffic through other countries (just like Chinese citizens have to do now!), and software will have to be reconfigured to no longer trust answers from American servers.

    What can I do to stop this?

    The first step is signing our petition then we'll give you the tools to share it with your friends and call your senator.

    If you're interested in doing more than that, please send us an email and tell us what you'd be willing to help out with. Thanks!

    What if I have more questions?

    Just send us an email.


    Source

    Link to petition


    Letter you can send to your senator

    Thanks to Karasu from elsewhere for that link to the letter. Doesn't work for me cuz i'm living outside of the US.

    A bill of the same sorts hit the UK around 5-6 months ago, 3 months after that and the Manga site OneManga got shut down along with a few other sites, and now another 2 months later... Internet Censorship hits the US.

    I think this is really important, and could affect a LOT of the sites that you visit, including GBAtemp + Youtube + Anime/Manga sites + Music sites.

    The bill is only in it's early stages, so if enough American citizens are aganst this, there's a good chance of this bill being pushed back. You don't need to be in the US to sign the petition and just cuz you don't live in the US, doesn't mean it won't affect you.

    Can an Admin please post this on the main site or announcements ? Cuz i think this is really important.
     


  2. Danny600kill

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    Please Remove the rom site you mentioned at the end, it is not allowed here

    It has also been posted and is on the front page
     
  3. Prophet

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    your links are broken.
     
  4. Terminator02

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    this

    also, your links are fail, a real link to the petition: here

    and it's far more effective to call/send a letter to your senator about this than sign an online petition btw, just recommending it

    Edit: link to S. 3804: here

    his source: here

    also, already posted: here
     
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    I hear a call for Anarchy
     
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    ha haha
     
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    Signed this already.

    Absolute bullcrap if you ask me, Internet Censorship didn't work back in the day, and it sure as hell won't fucking work these days.

    Enough of our government trying to control everything, we need to stand up and fight this.

    I myself will not stand by while the censor everything, including GBATemp, which is the only forum where I've been able to have an intelligent conversation before. I love this place, even though I am not a pirate, nor will I ever be.

    Let us fight this!

    FOR GREAT JUSTICE!
     
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    the link should be fix because its not really working
     
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    did you read anything but the main post?
     
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    OMG NO MY PORN

    Thank god i live in portugal, where will never get this law

    Were kinda forgotten by everyone, like nintendo mostly
     
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    Well screw this. This is total bullshit. If this passes im moving the hell out of america ASAP.
     
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    Looks like it's time to pack mah bags and GTFO.
     
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    i'm with you dude
     
  14. Warrior522

    Member Warrior522 "In all things, balance."

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    TO BRITAIN!

    I'd say Australia, but not with the idiocy going on with their gaming stuff...
     
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    Australia already has internet censorship.
     
  17. Warrior522

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    Bugger that twice then.
     
  18. gameguy95

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    This violates my constitutional right to freedom of speech!!!!! [​IMG]
    i will find whoever proposed this idea and have a long hard talk to him about a little this called "the first amendment." this talk may include violence and numerous swear words.
     
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    EVERYBODY MOVE TO PORTUGAL
    WHEN ALL COUNTRIES GET THIS WILL BE OVERLOOKED 8D
     
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    I will have to go back to my country again then or just go to Europe with my mom. What would be a better option(Dominican Republic or Germany)
     

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