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[vox] Take action now against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)
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[vox] Take action now against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [vox] Take action now against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)
> From: Brian Lavender <brian@brie.com>
> Date: Tue, November 29, 2011 7:03 pm
> To: LUGOD's general discussion mailing list <vox@lists.lugod.org>
> Don't trust SOPA. Take action now
> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/11/protect-ip-act-very-real-very-bad-call-now-block-it

The ACLU doesn't consider SOPA so very really very bad,
like the above EFF blogger feels. They just found a poison
pill. Here is their letter to Congress:

The union agrees with the bill's intention to "reduce the
infringement of copyrighted material online." However,
they say the bill casts a too-wide of a dragnet because it
doesn't only include sites dedicated to piracy.
Instead, it includes sites with only a trivial infringement.

They say, "By eliminating the concept of sites 'dedicated to infringing
activity', SOPA enables law enforcement to target all sites that
contain some infringing content -- no matter how trivial -- and
those who 'facilitate' infringing content."

So, if SOPA were amended to only target foreign websites that
are *dedicated* to hosting pirated movies and music, then
should SOPA pass?

Disclaimer: The ACLU letter has other gripes, but this is the big


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