The “Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act” (COICA) is another censorship act to establish the “Great Firewall of USA” similar to the one China has. This is just plain bad business for any country.
The following is from the EFF, “This is a censorship bill, with a blacklist and everything. Hollywood’s previous adventures with blacklists were a dark period in American history. This time, it’s not people suspected of being too communist, it’s websites suspected of being too “piratical.” Senator Leahy is leading the government into the swamp of trying to decide which websites should be blacklisted and which ones shouldn’t, and they’re going to discover that the line between copyright infringement and free political speech can be awfully murky.”
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) copyright enforcement provisions give copyright owners the relatively narrow power to remove just their copyrighted content from a website. Even then, there have been numerous mistakes, mishaps, and abuses of that narrow takedown system to censor legitimate speech online. Now imagine the mistakes, mishaps, and abuses we’ll see with COICA’s broader, government-initiated, domain-wide takedowns.”
For more on this and the calamity it will cause — Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Chamber of Commerce has even more to say about this horrible piece of legislation.
Again the music industry has it’s head up is a$$ trying to bully everyone that does not move to their whims.
Here is another great story that confirms the above statement.
“A 20/20 report from 1980 shows how the music industry has falsely complained over the years that it’s dying, back then blaming FM radio, home taping, and physical piracy for massive job layoffs and declining profits.
There’s nothing more refreshing in the morning than a good laugh, and that’s exactly what I got this morning thanks to a video unearthed from the depths of 1980. It’s a 20/20 report on the state of the music industry nearly three decades ago and in it we see Joe Smith, President of Elektra-Asylum records, ironically lamenting the mounting profit losses and subsequent massive job layoffs.
It’s obviously a familiar refrain we’ve heard for more than a decade now, though the threats and perceived bogeyman have changed.”
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“WASHINGTON (AP) — Aerospace giant Boeing is joining the list of companies that say the new health care law could have a potential downside for their workers.
In a letter mailed to employees late last week, the company cited the overhaul as part of the reason it is asking some 90,000 nonunion workers to pay significantly more for their health plan next year. A copy of the letter was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
“The newly enacted health care reform legislation, while intended to expand access to care for millions of uninsured Americans, is also adding cost pressure as requirements of the new law are phased in over the next several years,” wrote Rick Stephens, Boeing’s senior vice president for human resources.”
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“A markup on SJC Chairman Leahy’s IP infringement bill was postponed late Wednesday, as staffers anticipated the chamber would finish legislative work and adjourn for recess before the hearing could commence,” says Politico.
A group of 87 prominent engineers who played critical roles in the development of the Internet have also voiced their objections to the COICA in a joint letter submitted to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
“If enacted, this legislation will risk fragmenting the Internet’s global domain name system (DNS), create an environment of tremendous fear and uncertainty for technological innovation, and seriously harm the credibility of the United States in its role as a steward of key Internet infrastructure,” they warn. “In exchange for this, the bill will introduce censorship that will simultaneously be circumvented by deliberate infringers while hampering innocent parties’ ability to communicate.”
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