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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] game_byrd at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] nrrrdy_grrrl at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate

CISPA would give the government and corporations vast new powers to track and share data about Americans’ Internet use.

But our hundreds of thousands of emails and tens of thousands of phone calls have had a real impact:

Amendments were adopted that made CISPA (marginally) better.

Earlier this month CISPA was supposed to sail through, but we helped foment opposition, and the vote was far closer than anybody could have imagined even a couple of weeks ago.

Most Democrats held firm in opposition, and more than two dozen libertarian-leaning Republicans defied their leadership and voted no.

Most importantly, President Obama has threatened to veto CISPA.

***Additionally, CISPA would destabilize the internet inviting cyber attacks and increasing the amount of identity theft.***

The Senate will consider cyber security legislation in the coming weeks. Let’s turn up the heat right away: Tell the Senate to reject CISPA and any and all legislation that doesn’t respect privacy and civil liberties.
Add your name at right to tell the Senate to reject cyber security legislation that doesn’t respect privacy.


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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] sasha_dragon at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] scout_lover at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] sheryden at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] alikat7 at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] hollymac_79 at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] spikedluv at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip at CISPA is the new SOPA
Here's their next move: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States.

And CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.

The House of Representatives is planning to take up CISPA later this month. Click here to ask your lawmakers to oppose it.

SOPA was pushed as a remedy to the supposed economic threat of online piracy -- but economic fear-mongering didn't quite do the trick.

So those concerned about copyright are engaging in sleight of hand, appending their legislation to a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.

This so-called cyber security bill aims to prevent theft of "government information" and "intellectual property" and could let ISPs block your access to websites -- or the whole Internet.

Don't let them push this back-door SOPA. Click here to demand that your lawmakers oppose CISPA.

CISPA also encourages companies to share information about you with the government and other corporations.

That data could then be used for just about anything -- from prosecuting crimes to ad placements.

And perhaps worst of all, CISPA supercedes all other online privacy protections.

Please click here to urge your lawmakers to oppose CISPA when it comes up for a vote this month.

Thanks for fighting for the Internet.

-Demand Progress

dancingdragon3: (oh my gawd)
Well, that's it. I guess I have to buy cable just for two freakin networks (BBC America and HBO). I was at a friend's house last night and he informed us that the FBI has already been in contact with him for downloading a movie online from bit junkie. Dammit! ::stomps around swearing for several minutes:: Bit junkie is my reason for living.

I do not want to give my money to the cable company!! Arg!!! But I refuse to be behind all my friends when TB and Who comes out. I must know what happens! I must know what happens to Tara!
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] windscryer at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Or, How RIAA Seduced Hollywood Into a Murder-Suicide Pact.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] tahirire at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] roguebitch at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] nrrrdy_grrrl at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mangacat201

All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

.... this is going to kill everything I love.

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Re-posted from nrrdy_grrrl.
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lk737 at U.S. Petition to prevent ACTA
Kosmonaunt on Tumblr just posted this link to the U.S. Petition to stop ACTA. Here is what was said about it:

Americans, this is a link to the White House petition to End ACTA and get the Obama Administration to withdraw its support! This petition needs 25,000 signatures by February 20, 2012! Please, Please take a minute to sign this petition!! I'm sure the more signatures we get, the greater chance the Obama Administration may listen to us.

Please pass this along!!


Please check it out and Retweet if you're on Twitter (hashtag #ActAgainstACTA). Here is the shortened link for Twitter -- http://t.co/suHDHx8K

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Re-posted from nrrdy_grrrl
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] cantarina1 at post
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

This entry was also posted at http://cantarina.dreamwidth.org/131889.html. (comments: comment count unavailable)
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The tops news is the megaupload.com was shut down yesterday and arrests made world-wide. I am shocked at this. The timing with the SOPA protest is curious. The arrest must have been weeks in the making but still. Curious timing. I'm just glad I hadn't gotten into uploading yet.

Megaupload Shut Down

John Stewart on SOPA. As usual, Jon is hilarious. He reveals that all Congress needs is a few good nerds.

At the recent debate in South Carolina, the remaining four Republican candidates for president (Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul) were asked what they thought about SOPA. Amazingly, they all must have watched the news that day. I was genuinely surprised by the question (it came from Twitter not the moderator) and that they were all able to answer it only one day after the protests. All four candidates said they were against the bill. However, Santorum qualified his answer, saying that internet piracy needed to be outlawed and that the internet wasn't some place where anything goes. I tried to imbed the video, but the code refuses to work.

On a personal note, as a progressive, it was really weird to have these guys agree with me.
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The first place I go to everyday for news commentary is the Rachel Maddow Show (free video podcast available on iTunes). I have been following this woman's career for almost a decade now, since she co-hosted a morning show on Air America many years ago. A Rhodes Scholar with a Ph.D. in political science, Rachel is a lively and eloquent progressive voice. I urge everyone to check her out!

This segment from last night's show gives some great information about the SOPA protest yesterday, both on and offline, as well as the first amazing results. Several congressman have already withdrawn their support.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Many websites, including Wikipedia, are going dark tomorrow from 8am to 8pm to protest SOPA and PIPA, the bills going through Congress that will bring an end to things like fan fiction.

the story at The New Civil Rights Movement
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There is an anti-online piracy bill going through congress that would put a stop to many of our favorite fan activities like fan fics and fan vids. Please contact your congressmen about this bill!

Online letter from American Censorship

More links, articles, and petitions via [livejournal.com profile] game_byrd

More about how it will affect fandom and what you can do via [livejournal.com profile] brighteyed_jill


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