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Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge

Posted by Moderator Daniel on January 18, 2012, 4:50 am
Message modified by board administrator January 18, 2012, 4:51 am

Imagine you click on the message board and got nothing! Come to find out that
someone had the message board shut down because someone made the accusation
that one of the links led to supposedly copyrighted content.

Today many (including such websites as Wikipedia
are protesting House Bill number is 3261 - SOPA (which stands for Stop
online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). Please go to this page
to learn more

If either of these bills pass this message board could be shut down just
because someone made the accusation that a post linked to something which
is copyrighted. I would then have to pay the legal cost to go to court
to and prove innocence. Guilt Upon Accusation law 'Section 92A' that calls
for internet disconnection based on accusations of copyright infringement
without a trial and without any evidence held up to court scrutiny.

The entertainment industry had spent significant funds lobbying congress to get this
bill presented and passed. They care more about profits than freedom of speech and
innovation. What next, they start doing surprise raids, breaking down peoples
doors because they think the person has a DVD that was copied illegally? Here in Mexico
it is the physical duplication of movies which are the main source of copyright violation,
how many of you buy or borrow them?

I don't know the answer to completely eliminate copyright infringement, there are
significant number of laws already in force to protect their interest. I know
there is a solution, it just hasn't been found yet. Personally, if given
a choice between copyright and freedom of speech I choose freedom of speech.
It does little good to fight wars abroad in the name of freedom and democracy if each
one of us are not also willing to protect them.

We all need to get educated and protect the open structure of the Internet. It has it
good sides and its bad sides but mostly good. The world has waited since the beginning
of time for individuals to have un censored communication. Now is
the time to keep what we have, take action!

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