|Posted on January 20, 2012 at 2:15 AM|
Which Treasonous Bill to Write About?
I have been racking my brain all week to bring you guys this week's story.
Yet, every time I have decided to write about one bill that will inevitably take away our rights another one pops up.
NDAA, SOPA , PIPA, EEA, CFSA, and it goes on and on, and every time one is shot down another pops up.
Now, I am sure you have all heard of the Bill S.O.P.A. Which caused the biggest online protest in history, with big named sites such as Google and Bing leading the way.
For those of you that where hiding under a rock that day.
Well, now that S.O.P.A. and it's sister Bill PIPA has been exposed, has lost up to 10 of it's backers and pretty much any chance of making it through the house, there is another copyright law that has been sitting pretty for a while S.978 - Commercial Felony Streaming Act.
S.O.P.A. , P.I.P.A. , and C.F.S.A. All three are the same bill with slightly different provisions and different names.
What is the difference between these babys you ask.
P.I.P.A. S.968 - PROTECT IP Act of 2011
Sponsor by Senator Patrick Leahy D-VT
Establishes a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be "dedicated to infringing activities." The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against the alleged infringer and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. In some cases, action could be taken to block sites without first allowing the alleged infringer to defend themselves in court.
C.F.S.A. S.978 - Commercial Felony Streaming Act
Sponsor Senator Amy Klobuchar D-MN
Makes unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Illegal streaming of copyrighted content is defined in the bill as an offense that "consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works" and has a total economic value, either to the copyright holder or the infringer, of at least $2,500.
Wait, haven't we been hearing the exact same things about S.O.P.A.? Taking down websites, jailing people and completely destroying the internet as we know it by drastically killing free speech online through copyright piracy laws? Isn't that what S.O.P.A. is all about?
Yes, it is what S.O.P.A. is about as a matter of fact S.O.P.A. is really nothing more then the perfected versions of the other two bills, all combined and polished off. Then, they sent all three bills through the house hoping to hit a bulls eye with at least one of them.
S.O.P.A. H.R.3261 - Stop Online Piracy Act
Sponsor Representative Lamar Smith R-TX
This bill would establish a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be dedicated to copyright infringment. The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against any site they deem to have "only limited purpose or use other than infringement," and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. It would also make unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty up to five years in prison. This bill combines two separate Senate bills -- S.968 and S.978 -- into one big House bill.
Sound mildly familiar?
I do not know about you but if I were a U.S. Representative, having to read the same bill three times it would, it would piss me off.
(Warning: Copyright infringement in process)
Names such as :
Motion Picture Association of America
Independent Film & Television Alliance
National Association of Theatre Owners
Can be found gracing the pages of the supporter lists for these bills.
Piracy bills are nothing new. These same associations have been trying to pass them for the last 15 some odd years.
But, is it merely a catalyst for something more?
(Yep, going to get sued for this one.)
Could these laws be used as they are in communist China to silence the people?
Does the mere presence of these bills provide just the distraction needed by our government to pass tyrrany filled laws? While we all fight to keep our Internet from being ripped from our dead cold hands?
(That it does.)
Meet Bill H.R.3166 - Enemy Expatriation Act
This Bill, introduced to the house by Sponsor Representative Charles Dent R-PA, would allow the government to strip a U.S. Citizen, that they have deemed a threat, of there citizenship.
Which goes hand in hand with the NDAA and Patriot act. Just Strip em Detain em and Kill em. Thank You U.S. government!
Who hates us for our freedom again? Cause I can see who keeps trying to take it and it is not Al-Quida How can we keep allowing such bills as these to be passed? As a matter of fact, when will we say enough is enough? We have far to many laws and regulations. You can't breathe air, drink water or cross a street with out breaking at least one law or two. At some point we must say enough. We must stop our government from expanding and over shadowing the people in a violent police state that is only getting worse. We must take our rights back and not allow them to be taken by those that can afford to do it.
Stand up America and inform your self.
Then write your Representative and Speak Out be Heard make a difference.
Written By: Misty Watson
Edited By: Shawn Watson
How to write a successful letter to your Representative http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/letterscongress.htm
Who is your Representative? http://https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Write your Representative. http://https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Open Congress http://www.opencongress.org/bill/popular