Late Night FDL: Pirates and Hypocrites Have Some ‘Splainin’ to Do


There’s been a delay in the vote on SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, fap fodder for the Record Industry Association of America and movie studios. I’m all for copyright protection, but this bill goes a bit far. It may cause many news and entertainment sites to shut down or risk heavy fines. For example:

Right now Reddit is protected by the DMCA’s safe harbor provision which only requires Reddit to take down content if copyright holders ask them to, but SOPA can change this liability when a site is deemed to “facilitate copyright infringement.”

Because the definitions and terminology in the bill are so vague, passing SOPA in its current form poses a threat to all user-generated sites online, and many other websites too.

The vote on SOPA has been delayed until early next year, which may give online petitioners opposed to the act time to gather more signatures–they have 29,000 and counting. And it may give the RIAA and several studios time to explain a wee little problem they have: Someone/s at the RIAA has downloaded sixty full episodes of Dexter, according to a program which logged the BitTorrent activity of some 50 million users.

Let’s see, 60 episodes with a fine of $150,000 each. Golly, that’s $9 million! Meanwhile

a Russian BitTorrent tracking firm traced pirated movies and television show downloads back to IP addresses from Sony, Fox, and NBC—as TF points out, “these are the same companies who want to disconnect people from the Internet after they’ve been caught sharing copyrighted material.”

Avast thar mateys! Keep yer own ship free of of the pox of piracy, before ye be poking into the old intertubes!

14 Responses to "Late Night FDL: Pirates and Hypocrites Have Some ‘Splainin’ to Do"
Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 20, 2011 08:01 pm 1

It is rather awkward…

DrDick | Tuesday December 20, 2011 08:07 pm 2

Seems, that as in the 17th and 18th century, ’tis a bit hard to distinguish the pirates from the pirate hunters. Especially given the kinds of rapacious contracts and accounting the latter impose on their talent.

applepie | Tuesday December 20, 2011 08:18 pm 3

The whole SOPA thing shows just how much our govt has been corrupted by the profit suction units known as the military-industrial-ENTERTAINMENT complex. It’s not just Reddit, or some poor slob downloading a HBO series, it’s the whole social media movement and it’s unrepentant free form that is being targeted.

I like this video tribute to SOPA a little better:
SOPA Cabana (by Dan Bull)

eCAHNomics | Tuesday December 20, 2011 08:22 pm 4

Didn’t know hypocrites had to explain. Where is that written? And even if it is written, what diff does it make.

Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 20, 2011 08:35 pm 5

They may now HAVE to. But um..this is rather embarrassing.

BethinOR | Tuesday December 20, 2011 08:35 pm 6

Drug dealers are the same whatever they’re pushing. Get ‘em hooked, then charge ‘em through the nose. Maximize potential profits by cornering the market.

Bobster33 | Tuesday December 20, 2011 08:43 pm 7

And the “solution:” Internet service providers will have a new two tiered service. One (much more expensive) service that allows the forbidden sites and the other the standard SOPA bullshit.

eCAHNomics | Tuesday December 20, 2011 08:43 pm 8

SOPA is all about destroying internet for 99ers. Pols will vote for it in an eyeblink.

Phoenix Woman | Tuesday December 20, 2011 08:47 pm 9

ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 20, 2011 08:56 pm 10

Can this content protection be used to hurt Lefty Blogs would we be banned from showing news clips?
This is not my issue I don’t know much about it what are its chances of passing?

applepie | Tuesday December 20, 2011 09:03 pm 11
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 10

ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 20, 2011 09:13 pm 12

Currently Twitter, Google, Reddit, Kickstarter, Tumblr, Mozilla, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Zynga, Facebook, and several other sites have spoken out in opposition of SOPA.

Thanks Applepie :)

In America corporations rule I find it strange that Google and Facebook might be on the losing end of any issue? Just who has the clout to buck Google and Facebook in a country where laws are made by whoever hire’s the most lobbyists.
Is the Left hand of Satan pushing this bill?

cwolf | Tuesday December 20, 2011 09:24 pm 13

SOPA won’t work anyhow.
See this: Internet circumvents anti-piracy bill before it even passes

Let’s face it folks, if some coder can put out a fairly effective firefox extension that circumvents DNS when needed, thereby defeating SOPA, then “What, Me Worry?”

wphurley | Tuesday December 20, 2011 10:35 pm 14

As the axiom instructs, “when a conservative or corporation accuses an individual or group of indulging in offensive or illegal behavior, you can be certain that the accuser is and has been ‘indulging’ in the same immoral and/or illegal act for years prior to conjuring a complaint to issue.”

If SOPA is made law, which would be very bad, expect nothing less than aggressive and highly selective enforcement. “Generous” campaign financiers can’t be “perp-walked” or embarrassed in court – just as Wall Streeters.

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