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Don’t Break the Internet

Don’t Break the Internet

Two bills now pending in Congress—the PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (Protect IP) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House—represent the latest legislative attempts to address a serious global problem: large-scale online copyright and trademark infringement.

Although the bills differ in certain respects, they share an underlying approach and an enforcement philosophy that pose grave constitutional problems and that could have potentially disastrous consequences for the stability and security of the Internet’s addressing system, for the principle of interconnectivity that has helped drive the Internet’s extraordinary growth, and for free expression.

To begin with, the bills represent an unprecedented, legally sanctioned assault on the Internet’s critical technical infrastructure. Based upon nothing more than an application by a federal prosecutor alleging that a foreign website is “dedicated to infringing activities,” Protect IP authorizes courts to order all U.S. Internet service providers, domain name registries, domain name registrars, and operators of domain name servers-a category that includes hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses, colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, and the like-to take steps to prevent the offending site’s domain name from translating to the correct Internet protocol address. These orders can be issued even when the domains in question are located outside of the United States and registered in top-level domains (e.g., .fr, .de, or .jp) whose operators are themselves located outside the United States; indeed, some of the bills’ remedial provisions are directed solely at such domains.

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Of course, they have NO CLUE of what they are talking about.

Not only that, the bill could be used to stop any website that is not “Aligned” with the 1% line of thought. They would just need to say “This website has some Copyrighted material” and *POOF* no more website. Very, very scary, Youtube is a medium of free speech, for example, and if someone can make any video disappear (Just because the site is *POTENTIALLY* infringing a Copyright, we are in big, big trouble.

Who’s using their wealth to damage our economy and democracy? You tell us. Check out our nominees and vote to choose the worst among them. Then we’ll make a series of videos exposing the ones you pick. Go ahead and vote. Start to take your democracy back.

See who they are, know what they do, count what they have and

Vote on the 1%

 

Occupy Wall Street welcomed famed Italian journalist in hiding, Roberto Saviano, who explained the profound correlation between the worsening of the economic crisis and the skyrocketing businesses of criminal organizations.
If new rules do not arise, Saviano explains, the mafias will determine our future.

UPDATE – Full subtitled interview with the Italian TV – AVAILABLE

Occupy Wall Street will wel­come famed Ital­ian jour­nal­ist in hid­ing, Roberto Saviano, who will be dis­cussing the pro­found cor­re­la­tion between the wors­en­ing of the eco­nomic cri­sis and the sky­rock­et­ing busi­nesses of crim­i­nal orga­ni­za­tions this com­ing Sat­ur­day after­noon. A dra­matic exam­ple of this cor­re­la­tion is Italy, where the mafia is tak­ing advan­tage of the country’s unprece­dented cri­sis. If new rules do not arise, Saviano explains, the mafias will deter­mine our future.

The CONSTITUTION is our PERMIT!

A big Thank you to NoseMedia for letting me use the video.