Stop Stop Online Piracy Act

The Stop Online Piracy Act is like the DMCA … except worser.

I’m against it.

I think it’s dumb.

I fart in its general direction.

I think it won’t help protect Intellectual Property {a worthy end}.

I’m so against it that I’m embedding the above Vimeo video that other thought leading thought leaders are fearlessly embedding {I haven’t actually watched it but I think that’s how these things are done}. It reminds me of the time I had a Vimeo account :: after I got banned from YouTube and I set it up in hopes … but then I lost it even quicker … so much for hopes.

Oh well :: anywayz :: back to protecting all of our super awesome free Internet speech …

I’m also showing my angsty civic outrage during this time of crisis by linking to this Stop Censorship site that other people are linking to … take that forces of darkness!

People have been asking me :: so okay :: there we have it … I’m fucking against it.

Remember just now when I said I was fucking against SOPA? Yeah … that was so awesome and cutting edge of me. I said it from my home on Project DOD … a special free speech server which is my last stop on the fringe before hosting this site in the sort of country where my targets like to do their banking.

Cause this fake robot blog wasn’t welcome on the corporate Internet.

I’d go tweet about how fucking against SOPA I am :: but I’ve been thrice banned from Twitter.

Facebook … yep … that’s right out.

But it all makes sense … this is a very controversial site. I mean it’s written by a lawyer and military veteran who is concerned about the bulk exploitation of a vulnerable group … and it contains jokes about crimes and the criminals who commit those crimes. It has a big following … and a reputation for veracity. You can’t expect to get away with that sort of shit in the land of the free and the home of the brave now plus the Internet dot com.

Wait what?

Yeah … well … please forgive me if I think maybe the copyright wars have already ruined the fucking beautiful opportunity for honest to god free speech on the Internet.

I want a carve out from all the stupid copyright bullshit for genuine dissent :: whistle-blowing … and the things that matter most for our hopes of real transparency.  I want the absolute right to sit at this lunch counter for anyone with the balls to step up to it.

I guess I’ll stoop to demanding “please not worse” :: but fucking fuck … I had hoped to be a revolutionary.

>> bleep bloop

53 thoughts on “Stop Stop Online Piracy Act”

  1. Go, Salty. And this issue goes way beyond partisan politix, since this loathsome legislation was drafted by both Democraps and Republiscums.

    And I will gladly tweet and link on Facebook on your behalf.

  2. From the video:

    “Now the government and corporations could block any site, foreign or domestic, just for one infringing link. Sites like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook would have to censor their users or get shut down since they become liable for everything users post.”

    Someone once said that the only way to change a bad laws is to break the bad law.

    When the costs of enforcement become too high or unpopular, the bad law is repealed, modified, or ceases to be enforced.

    If it’s true, according to the video, that just *ONE* user generated infringing link that slips through the censorship cracks can result in sites like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook getting shut down since they become liable for everything users post — this law is doomed.

    Why?

    Because at some point, an infringing link will slip through the cracks. If, as the video suggests, this will result in YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook being shut down, then what will happen next should be obvious.

    The video also mentions:

    “And ordinary users could go to jail for five years for posting any copyrighted work – even just singing a pop song.”

    Okay.

    Are there at least 150,000 people who have sung a pop song and posted it on YouTube? Oh god… probably more than that. Agreed?

    But to be conservative, let’s just say that on any given year, only 150,000 people are, as the video suggests, sent to jail for five years for singing a pop song that triggers the penalties proposed by SOPA.

    According to Wikipedia:

    “In 2001 among facilities operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, it cost $22,632 per inmate, or $62.01 per day.”

    We’ll use 2001 numbers and pretend costs haven’t risen substantially since then. So let’s do some math.

    Year #1: 150,000 SOPA Prisoners [Cost: $3,394,800,000 billion per year]
    Year #2: 300,000 SOPA Prisoners [Cost: $6,789,600,000 billion per year]
    Year #3: 450,000 SOPA Prisoners [Cost: $10,184,400,000 billion per year]
    Year #4: 600,000 SOPA Prisoners [Cost: $13,579,200,000 billion per year]
    Year #5: 750,000 SOPA Prisoners [Cost: $16,974,000,000 billion per year]

    The number of incarcerated people would top out at 750,000 because in year 6 the first batch of 150,000 prisoners would be getting out of jail — replaced by a fresh batch of 150,000 new prisoners.

    As mentioned before, we’re being very generous by talking about 150,000 people on YouTube who might sing a pop song and upload it in any given year. The “real” number is likely to be closer to a million or more per year.

    Just imagine a million people a year becoming SOPA prisoners. By year 5, assuming the same $22,632 per prisoner cost used in the chart above, the costs of keeping SOPA prisoners would top out at $113,000,000,000+ *billion* per year.

    Here’s the bottom line:

    If the Stop Online Piracy Act becomes law, and the ominous consequences suggested in the video start becoming a reality, SOPA will either be repealed, modified, or ceases to be enforced.

    I don’t feel this way, but among those who really hate the government for even considering the passage of a law like this, they should truly pray that this and other “bad” laws get passed. It only hastens the day when “everyone” is an enemy of the state — at which point the state becomes the enemy of everyone, and the state collapses. Think about it. :-)

    1. @Alejandro, Suddenly I feel like singing a pop song. And recording it. And posting it on every video sharing site I can find.

  3. Salty gets banned multiple times, but evil people and convicted felons are still allowed to con and manipulate others on Facebook and Twitter. Makes me absolutely sick.

  4. It might come as no surprise to you but the SOPA push is actually supported and funded by the same people who made it easy to steal copyrighted works online. One could argue that it’s a move to bring the InterWebs to a screeching halt by some of the major players struggling the hardest to compete with all the entertainment and information options available online.

  5. “I want a carve out from all the stupid copyright bullshit for genuine dissent :: whistle-blowing … and the things that matter most for our hopes of real transparency. I want the absolute right to sit at this lunch counter for anyone with the balls to step up to it.”

    Damn straight. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we need an open source, uncensored social networking platform. And our own people’s satellite so that the internet can’t be shut down by governments who want to suppress their revolutions at their leisure, under a complete news blackout. (Except, of course, those governments that are big enough and rich enough to shoot it out of the sky… like the US…)

    Fortunately, both these things are real possibilities:
    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/12/occupy-facebook/all/1

    http://www.blacklistednews.com/Skynet%3A_Hackers_Dream_Up_Censor-Proof_Satellite_Internet_Grid/17292/0/38/38/Y/M.html

    With the most terrifying and unconstitutional parts of the Patriot Act now confirmed by Obama, SOPA would prob. send the CIA, Homeland Security & NSA after open source internet users and imprison them indefinitely without trial at Guantanamo as suspected terrorists… We really ARE fighting a revolution, folks… Parallels between now and 1776 kind of amazing.

    1. @Wanderlost,

      It may sound silly and be completely unfounded but I have this irrational fear that openly opposing things like SOPA or NDAA would actually put you on some govt. list and lead to problems down the line.

      It seems like every day there is a new law invented to take away our freedoms here in the States. It feels like 95% of the population is just OK with it or completely oblivious to it.

      It’s disturbing to say the least.

      I like this site because salty speaks openly about things he cares about and opposes.

      He has basically told those that would want to censor him to F off and openly invited any willing participant to sue him. It is sort of empowering to read and experience through proxy because I don’t think the average person has a handle of the law or are in a situation to openly oppose or stand for something they believe in. Anyone else would be in a never ending legal battle and would probably be forced to quit their fight.

      1. @RT,

        There’s safety in numbers. If we all openly oppose it, we’ll all be on the list, and they won’t be able to make trouble for us all.

        You don’t have to be that open about it, either. Just call your Congresspeople. You can call from a work phone or payphone. Just tell the person who picks up that you’re a constituent and you’re opposed to SOPA/PIPA. They may ask for your name and contact number. You don’t have to give it. Other times they’ll just ask for your zip code. Sometimes they’ll just record you as a “no” and you’re done.

  6. Well it’s good to know where you stand on it.

    I mean, it makes sense. But I can’t take these sorts of things for granted. A few weeks back I did a Facebook post all big anti-SOPA and some liberal from the church I go to came back with the “but I want to make sure the copyright holders get paid” thing. I was kind of surprised. I found myself in the awkward position of having to defend a position from someone whom (I’d foolishly assumed) would be on the same side. So it goes.

    I think if SOPA or its brother get passed, the long term result will be (as the video says of course), but also: kind of the death of the Internet.

    Oh I don’t mean we’re all gonna go back to banging rocks together. Rather, I mean that the the “THE” part of “the Internet” will go away. Instead, you will wind up with a heavily fractured and fragmented plethora of overlapping smaller networks with varying degrees of legality. The thing that was the Internet will simply be The Corporate Net. Only the people with money will be able to put content on it. Almost everyone but the fringie-est fringers will use that network. But additionally, they will make use of one of the many grey area, semi-illegal networks. So yeah… hello, Cyberpunk. *sigh*. I always hated those books.


    Furry cows moo and decompress.

    1. @Wyrd,

      The Guardian has a nice article that might appeal to that person. It says how the megacorps – er, multimedia corporations have always opposed scary new technology like cassette tapes, VCRs, DVDs and MP3s that initially made copying easier but eventually brought in tons of money.

      As a writer, I’m pro-copyright and anti-plagiarism. I work hard to churn out search-engine-optimized copy for my clients, and no, you may not just copy it and use it as your own. However, if SOPA is the line in the sand, I’m gonna be on the side of the information pirates, free speech and net neutrality.

    1. Unfortunately, most people who read this and are against SOPA censorship won’t bother to lift a finger or voice their opinion. They figure “other people” will. That’s how these horrible things get passed. It just takes a few minutes to pick up the phone or shoot off an email to your elected official. If you value free speech, that is.

    2. @Jack,

      Well, yeah, because SOPA’s sponsors couldn’t comply with the DNS blocking.

      On the one hand, I’m glad he’s gonna pull that part, but on the other hand I think that was the part that was getting the most people riled up in opposition to the whole bill. All the small business owners and personal website owners who use shared hosting understood the problem with DNS blocking. Now the best-understood awful parts of SOPA are being able to shut down a site for rogue comments – instead of following the protections and process already established by OCILLA, I guess? – and the anti-free-speech element of any level of censorship. It’s hard to get website owners riled up about those when they can just turn off commenting, they’re already filtering comments for spam, and they’re not fighting the good fight against bankruptcy trustees so they don’t feel their free speech is threatened.

      1. @Lanna, Also didn’t think about people who don’t mind about turning comments off, because for me I would miss most my friends like SearsCard and mcdonald’s breakfast.

  7. I acknowledge this is off-topic, but….

    Speaking of online pirates… yer boy Evil Jowls is back and slowly coming out from under his rock with the help of Boy Wonder and elfin bitch-boy, Ryan Deiss.

    I thought you put an end to his heinous presence online?

    What’s up Salty?

    Has Perry decided your bark is worse than your bite?

    He’s definitely on a return track… surely you won’t let him rise from the ashes of his past crash and burn?

  8. reminds me of a movie…

    “There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way.

    Why?

    Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?

    Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission.

    How did this happen? Who’s to blame?

    Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.

    I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease.

    There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense.

    Fear got the best of you.”

    -V

  9. This will blow up in everyones faces if this gets through. I know of no musician who doesn’t want their music heard, especially if they are the kind who actually enjoys playing music (i.e. live). As long as no one is making money out of it, file sharing is about as damaging to a band as getting airplay on the radio is. (Those who want to record a one off hit and sit around for the rest of their lives might be a bit pissed off, but who cares about them?)

    It’s the record companies who have suddenly discovered that technology has moved on since 1980 where they could flood the market with crappy cds for $30 a hit. They don’t understand where music comes from and don’t even care about sound quality. All they know is that people are listening to music they haven’t paid for and that can only mean a smaller pile of coke on the exec’s table.

    From Germany I can no longer access Droid’s “mmm whacha say James Ray” on YouTube, despite the fact that it has plenty of original content and uses the song creatively for “educational purposes”. And of course Droid acknowledged the source, and obviously is not profiting from it. I’m sure the band would see it as a free film clip and a fine use of their song. (And what happened to “Coin Operated Boy”, Salty?)

    Yet, I can still see Bill Harris and proclaiming extolling Death Ray’s expertise. What would it take to have that kind of stuff removed? It’s a matter of court record that it’s false. (And You Tube always takes down that classic clip of David Schirmer hiding in the toilets, simply because he complains about it being somehow unfair.)

    Technology has advanced so much that anyone (except Joe Vitale) can produce professional standard music fairly cheaply and get it to peoples ears for virtually nix. It’s a big shake up being driven by things like new inventions and creativity – also known as human culture – and it caught the music industry napping. They are trying to take their ball and go home, but it doesn’t work like that. If book publishers had have banned libraries, not only would culture have been severely stunted, but the book industry itself would have been a fraction of what it became.

    1. @Yakaru, Very True…

      At least with file sharing and torrent sites you can actually see the product or hear the music before you buy it. Then if you like it and you’re so inclined you can pay to support the artist.

      I couldn’t stand paying $15 for a CD only to find out the only good song on the entire CD was the one they played on the radio.

      The dynamic of business is changing and most of these businesses don’t want to change with it…so they’re looking to the law to regain what they lost control of about a decade ago.

      People were copying VHS tapes back in the day along with music cassettes…then it moved to copying CDs and DVDs…now with everything being digital everyone can have anything they could imagine on one hard drive.

      It’s funny to think though that with everything being free (so to speak through piracy) how are companies even getting people to watch their stuff? When you’ve got 300 movies because you didn’t want to have to make a decision…how do you even know what to watch first?

      1. @McShiggity,

        “At least with file sharing and torrent sites you can actually see the product or hear the music before you buy it. Then if you like it and you’re so inclined you can pay to support the artist.”

        That’s the kind of thing to say if you WANT to motivate old fart politicians pass draconian laws like SOPA!

        Your comment directly rationalizes piracy. There is no appropriate argument for “I want to be able to get or sample other people’s intellectual property for free.” Theft is theft whether you want it to be called that or not.

        An appropriate argument would be one that addresses the slippery slope that might cause collateral damage. If you’re just focused on justifying theft, pack it in.


  10. “It’s the record companies who have suddenly discovered that technology has moved on since 1980 where they could flood the market with crappy cds for $30 a hit. ”

    I remember the man going by “Chuck D.” who discovered it an odd 20 or so years ago. And as techdirt says to us re: Mr. D’s latest lawsuit v UMG:

    “UMG is going to be facing a lot more of these kinds of lawsuits, and it’s somewhat amusing to see it hoisted on its own petard for being so insistent that iTunes and other digital stores were “licensing” deals. And, for what it’s worth, Chuck D has actually been one of the artists on the forefront of embracing the internet and what it allows — way before almost any other artist. All the way back in 2000, we had an article about him defending Napster in a debate against Lars from Metallica. If anyone deserves to take Universal for “hundreds of millions of dollars,” he seems like a good candidate.”

    It’s seems SOPA is more of the “making shit up as we go about and along” from the Entertainment Industry.

    1. @Just Jake,

      “Could some quotes be put around those certain issues? Yeah. Is it plagiarism? No,” Shurtleff said. “People are reciting words all the time.”

      I wonder about which are his favorite words to recite?

      Me, I like to go about reciting the words, “pumpkin”, “ablative absolute”, and “Utah fraud”.

  11. Am in UK. This SOPA act is just off the wall ridiculous … clearly trying to just shut down everything, take corrupt power … all 2011, rebellion and reform was happening across the world e.g. Egypt, whose rebellion was activated by someone gathering everyone through a social media site … seems strange that so many social media sites under threat now … and internet blackouts were a feature from the corrupt dictators (the organisation Avaaz, who absolutely rock same as salty droid, stopped some blackouts/put people into these countries and are against SOPA … one of the petitions I’ve signed) … this SOPA rubbish surely can’t get passed, especially when one stage of it was not even involving allowing the security people concerned about the internet’s security to speak! … it’s worse than big brother in ‘1984’. I don’t feel it’s about copyright, but about stopping rebellions happening that would upset corrupt economic trades/reduce the underground money exploits going on. There’s already laws for copyright that work okay.

    1. @Cat,

      PS e.g. Owl City began through myspace … lots of musicians wouldn’t be able to be heard or grow in popularity … this bill would harm creativity/businesses so much.

    1. @Irwin,

      “We prefer to be called Buccaneer-Americans.”

      Thanks to awesome people like @RT who’ve contacted their elected officials, SOPA is on its way out. The White House tech team stated – without officially stating – that they wouldn’t support the bills being considered, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he won’t bring SOPA to the floor for a vote until there’s consensus on it.

      However, PIPA is still alive in the Senate, so keep calling your Senators.

    2. @Irwin,

      Thanks! Pirate quotes are almost as cool as fake robot quotes…or vice versa. I can never remember the exact order.

    3. @Irwin,

      Some of us were pirates before, in the wild and woolly days of the Internet. We can always go back.

    1. “However, it isn’t quite time yet to celebrate, as PIPA (the Senate’s version of SOPA) is still up for consideration.”

      You can also bet they’ll be back for another attempt, and they will probably time it so that it occurs when the public is distracted by something else. The people behind this aren’t going to “give up.”

  12. SD – so, you didn’t take the time to watch the video, but you promoted it to all of your followers and fans? How responsible of you.

  13. Well, as predicted, the snakes in congress are back with SOPA in a new costume:

    yro.slashdot.org/story/12/04/07/1928220/new-cispa-cybersecurity-bill-even-worse-than-sopa

  14. R.I.P. Aaron Swartz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgh2dFngFsg

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/12/3868906/aaron-swartz-dies

    http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/36298

    http://lessig.tumblr.com/post/40347463044/prosecutor-as-bully

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/01/farewell-aaron-swartz

    “For remember, we live in a world where the architects of the financial crisis regularly dine at the White House — and where even those brought to “justice” never even have to admit any wrongdoing, let alone be labeled “felons.”

    In that world, the question this government needs to answer is why it was so necessary that Aaron Swartz be labeled a “felon.” For in the 18 months of negotiations, that was what he was not willing to accept, and so that was the reason he was facing a million dollar trial in April — his wealth bled dry, yet unable to appeal openly to us for the financial help he needed to fund his defense, at least without risking the ire of a district court judge. And so as wrong and misguided and fucking sad as this is, I get how the prospect of this fight, defenseless, made it make sense to this brilliant but troubled boy to end it.

    Fifty years in jail, charges our government. Somehow, we need to get beyond the “I’m right so I’m right to nuke you” ethics that dominates our time. That begins with one word: Shame.

    One word, and endless tears.”

    1. @Jack, From his girlfriend’s blog:

      “He loved my daughter so much it filled the room like a mist. He was transported playing with her, and she bored right into his heart. In his darkest moments, which I couldn’t reach him, Ada could still touch him, even if only for a moment. And when he was in the light, my god. I couldn’t keep up with either of them. I would hang back and watch them spring and play and laugh, and be so grateful for them both.”

      http://www.quinnnorton.com/said/?p=644

      1. @SD, Meanwhile…

        http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/blogs/anti-corruption-views/money-laundering-and-hsbc-how-it-affects-you

        HSBC failed to apply required money laundering controls to $200 TRILLION in wire transfers

        “According to legal documents for the case, HSBC admitted that it failed to apply legally required money laundering controls to $200 trillion in wire transfers alone, in only a three year period, $670 billion of which came from Mexico. $200 trillion – that is approximately 3 times world GDP.”

        “This is not mere money we are talking about; it is the daily gang violence on the streets of our cities and towns, it is the increased likelihood that your children will be offered drugs in their schools, it is the abduction of children and selling them into the sex trade. Authorities estimate that the average annual income generated from a trafficked child is $200,000 per year. That money has to be laundered somewhere, by someone.”

        “For this, HSBC was fined a mere $1.9 billion (remember, there is over $200 trillion being handled in ways that violate multiple U.S. laws here) and not one person is being prosecuted.”

        “This is the lesson that our judicial system is teaching bankers over and over again. HSBC Bank U.S.A was already under a written agreement from 2003-2006 with U.S. regulators to correct deficiencies in its anti-money laundering regime”

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