Bill Promises To Censor the Internet

By: Chris Richardson - October 30, 2011

The PROTECT-IP bill is making its way through the halls of the United States government, and besides an unfortunate name change, the bill has been altered by the House of Representatives in such a way, it would essentially allow the government and/or various corporations that feel infringed upon the ability to censor the Internet in whatever way they see fit.

Should the United States government be allowed to censor the Internet to fit their own whims and desires? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Perhaps that last part is wrapped in some hyperbole, but then again, after reading portions of the updated bill, as well as some of the reactions to it, it’s pretty clear that, if passed, the American public could soon be using a very different version of the Internet than what we’re used to. The sad thing is, besides a small section of informed reactions to the bill, very few in the American public seem to know and/or care about the implications of PROTECT-IP, which, thanks to input from House of Representatives, now goes by the unfortunately-named E-PARASITE Act.

Here’s an embed of the document, although, it’s doubtful anyone outside of the tech/Internet sector will actually concern themselves with it:

E-PARASITES Act

Even search engines like Google are affected by the contents of the bill. When discussing foreign sites that have been suspected of infringement, the bill’s text reads:

INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES
A provider of an Internet search engine shall take technically feasible and reasonable measures, as expeditiously as possible, but in any case within 5 days after being served with a copy of the order, or within such time as the court may order, designed to prevent the foreign infringing site that is subject to the order, or a portion of such site specified in the order, from being served as a direct hypertext link.

Which sounds an awful lot like if a Google search returns a link to a site like The Pirate Bay, they will be asked to remove and/or block the link, thanks to a government order. Over at TechDirt, such governmental actions are being compared to the creation of a Great Firewall of America, obviously taking its queue from China’s iron fist control of Internet content its citizens have access to.

It should also be noted that foreign sites deemed as being an infringement tool are not given any due process to protect/defend the property. ArsTechnica has more:

The bill gives government lawyers the power to go to court and obtain an injunction against any foreign website based on a generally single-sided presentation to a judge. Once that happens, Internet providers have 5 days to “prevent access by its subscribers located within the United States to the foreign infringing site.”

Furthermore, the bill would make programs like the MafiaaFire Redirector, something Mozilla has already successfully backed in the face of Homeland Security pressure, would now be illegal. For those who may not know, when a user tries to access a site that’s been taken down by the ICE squad, those with the MafiaaFire Redirector plugin are redirected to an alternate domain for the ICE’d site.

Under PROTECT-IP/E-PARASITES, such a program would be under attack from the Attorney General:

To ensure compliance with orders issued pursuant to this section, the Attorney General may bring an action for injunctive relief… against any entity that knowingly and willfully provides or offers to provide a product or service designed or marketed for the circumvention or bypassing…

And these scenarios are just some of the nonsense being introduced in the bill that would give the government power to censor the Internet towards its own desires, all in an effort to protect what TechDirt refers to as “a few legacy companies in the entertainment industry refuse to adapt.”

If you are unaware of the implications of PROTECT-IP/E-PARASITE, allow the following video to educate you:


Now, before the replies of “you just want to be able to pirate without worry” start pouring in, it should be noted that I have downloaded before, but that’s not what my perspective is about. If I get caught, I’m not going to blame the site that hosted the torrent/file/content I stole. I did the crime, so I should have to pay the price for being caught, and that’s something I’ve long understood.

It’s not Pirate Bay’s fault I download files, it’s mine, a stance that should clue you in on my position towards censoring the Internet.

The sad thing is, if you walked down the street of any city in America, asking people their thoughts on the bill, it’s doubtful you’d get much in the way of meaningful reaction. Sure, a few would be informed, but by and large, as long as American Internet users can access Facebook and Twitter, as well as throwaway nonsense like TMZ, they don’t seem to be very interested in informing themselves about who is governing the Internet and the intentions behind the rules being passed.

With that in mind, when reading about PROTECT-IP, I’m reminded of the following scene from Revenge of the Sith:


However, instead of applause, it seems that apathy or ignorance rules the day. Where are the #Occupy crowds when you really need them? In other news, considering the powerful telecommunications lobbyists, and the sway they have over the US Government, one wonders why Google hasn’t tried to grease the wheels in favor of an uncensored Internet instead of just hanging out with the Net Coalition crew.

How much control is too much? Let us know what you think.

Lead image courtesy.

Chris Richardson

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  • Steven

    Why do we honestly need legislation for anybody to take action and remove links to sites that link to or allow for illegal activities?

  • http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    Geeze, why not just ask Congress to do away with intellectual property rights altogether so we can go back to supporting artists and performers through an unregulated patronage system?

    Does no one understand the history behind IPR law?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

      So you’re saying you trust the government to censor the Internet? Maybe I’m misunderstanding…

  • http://www/wahinfo.com/ Danielle from Work At Home Info

    This could either be a really good idea or just one of those things that we think will turn out to be great, but turns out to be useless. I also understand that downloading torent/file content is illegal but in all honesty, the government should be cracking down on real issues, rather than people who download files over the internet. It’s just one of those things that’s been going on for so long that it’s pretty much sinceless to try and do something about it now.

  • http://www.nleff.com Nancy Leffingwell

    We do not need another regulation. I’ve been working with the Web for over 18 years. It’s not perfect, but neither is our government.

  • http://www.presidentofgalaxy.com presidentofgalaxy

    Matt Cuts from Google wrote on Twitter that he read Protect IP-law…

  • http://cozumelmexico.net Bob Rodriguez

    Absolutely NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What ever happened to the first amendment!

    IF they do succeed, expect the law to be challenged in court.

    Besides, doesn’t the government have something better to do? Like create JOBS?

  • http://www.NaturalDogTraining.INFO Paul Anderson

    This is the part that is most disturbing: “..allow various corporations that feel infringed upon the ability to censor the Internet in whatever way they see fit.” This is basically license for anarchy.

    Correct me if I am wrong – but this new bill appears to state that if a corporation is big enough – like, say, a pharmaceutical company – they can simply shut down their opposition because it “infringes upon” their profits? That will leave only monopolies in the market place.

    Does any one know if the bill really means that “corporations can censor the internet in any way that they seem fit.”?

    • Greg

      No, it doesn’t. What it really means is that an internet service provider cannot be sued for blocking content that it feels infringes a company’s intellectual property rights. So if someone is selling bootleg viagra, AOL can bock their site and not worry about being sued if it turns out that they were somehow mistaken in believing that the site was selling bootleg viagra. What it does do is give corporations more power to lean on those in charge of the information gatekeepers of the internet to help them enforce the property rights they currently enjoy under US law. The issues are
      1. whether or not the internet should remain a sort of Wild West (there are arguments on both sides of that debate), and,
      2. are current US laws regarding pharmaceuticals and other intellectual property laws really fair?

      If you don’t want ISP’s to be in a position of feeling the need to enforce US intellectual property law, then you should be against the bill.

      If you think intellectual property law is fair, and that it’s not right for pirates to profit from other people’s creative endeavors (and, crucially, you feel that ISPs have a role to play in this, and are not too worried about undue pressure from big pharma and big entertainment), then you should be for it.

  • http://blogbiertjuh58.blogspot.com/ JB

    I don’t live in the US, but this could be the start of something I don’t like as an inhabitant of the world. I say ‘Nay’…

  • George Galbraith

    I think the internet should be essentially free from censorship. And government should not have powers over it. It may be possible to have a non-political forum or organisation which might have certain powers to say limit access to sites deemed dangerous to public safety. But I don’t think government fulfilling this function is appropriate or desirable, simply because it would leave the internet open to propaganda and vested interest abuse. A definite ‘no’ from me.

  • JMAnon

    I like these polls with emotionally loaded questions designed to appeal only to the already converted.
    Hence:
    “Should the United States government be allowed to censor the Internet to fit their own whims and desires?”
    Yes, obviously the poll intends that no one should want the internet censored.
    The real question should be:

    It is a natural consequence that “freedom” to do as one likes leads to some serious abuses. Therefore it has to be considered inevitable that sooner or later attempts will be made to impose regulation.
    This is very definitely a role for government acting on behalf of the people who elect them to represent them.

    The real questions should be:
    “Is there a need for regulation of the internet?”
    Yes.
    To stop criminal organisations exploiting the internet. Examples: any frauds which use the internet.
    Email scams.
    etc etc.
    “Is the government the right organisation to censor the internet?”
    Answer: who else?
    “How can we be sure they will act responsibly and in the best interests of the general public?”
    Same as with anything givernment does. We can’t. We just have to ensure we are active in being heard. appropriate NGOs need acreditation by the steering comittees and they need to genuinely represent the users. Trouble with that is NGOs usually have their own agendas which don’t always represent the people beyond the initial establishement. They are then hijacked by anarchists etc. and pursue a quite different agenda under th disguise of the original NGO.
    Anyone who thinks the internet can remain free and unregulated has serious reality problems. Polls such as this divert attention from meaningful activity.

  • http://www.sfpincchicago.com Gregory L. Dennis

    Why do we need the government to tell us what to do/censor anything?? Don’t we have bigger problems??

    Oh, wait…that’s right…we DON’T have anything else for our government to worry about…it’s not like we have American servicemembers in a foreign land or a massive worldwide recession to worry about…I can totally see our government having other concerns if the above was the case, but clearly, since none of the above conditions apply, it’s clear our government just has our best interests in mind. Our government should TOTALLY do ANYTHING they feel is right in order to protect me, because I am not an adult of legal voting age and don’t have the necessary mental capacity to protect myself when working online and require my government to tell me what I should do. As a matter of fact, whenever I am faced with a difficult decision, I always call my congressman so he can advise me on
    what to do and then follow his instructions to the letter.

  • http://www.thewheeleragency.com car insurance

    Censoring is always an act of judgement and until we have leaders who have perfect judgement, we will suffer from inept censoring. Balancing protection from harm with freedom of expression is like asking a pendulum to find its perfect middle without moving.

  • Jones

    The internet should remain free…Why does the government insist on watching over everyone from cradle to grave? The hackers and (underground) web developers will have a field day if this ever passed, they look at this kind of stuff as a challenge. Every time the government gets their grubby little paws into something it has unintended consequences. Anyone voting for this crap needs to be shown the door…How much you want to bet that sites that should never be banned wind up being banned…Think about this, a company says their competitor is “using” theirs or someone else’s intellectual property on their site, the IP police are called in, they shutdown the site until a complete investigation is done, knowing how slow the wheels of government move it could take years to get the site re-opened and this could happen on an oops, it looks like you weren’t actually using someone else’s intellectual property after all, imagine the millions of dollars in taxpayer money it will take when the lawsuit is filed and after the settlement is awarded. I tell you, this is a slippery slope.

  • http://www.ramsitedesign.com/ Rodney Fifield

    I don’t think anyone should be able to censor the internet

  • Kevin fitzmaurice-Brown

    The american government, controlled by the Fed and big money is scared of the internet. Scared of the people. I.D. cards were for control not to protect from terrorism. The banks wanted to keep tabs on people. The great freedom and democracy of america is no more. Even previous presidents and great economists and writers in america have warned of the banks control.

    The banks have created the wars in order to regain money. That did not work. they praised the peoples ability in Egypt etc. and the ‘ Arab Spring ‘ and its use of the internet. Now real trouble is coming the economy is collapsing and the few will make billions and control all. If you, the American people wish to retain any form of democracy you will stop this bill.
    Its fear and control by the banks and big companies. They are too stupid and greedy to understand they too will fall and anarchy will prevail.
    Your choice you are the 99%

  • Severin

    Anyone who thinks the government will act in their best interest is a total fool!!! The government acts in the interest of the corporation and America is a corporation for those of you who do NOT know the true history of this (corporation) country. If people truly want to stop that bill from becoming law… start the grassroot movement by fundraising lots of MONEY (Big Stick – to stick up the asses of those who write laws in favor of corporations) and send a representative (lobbyist) to Washington to represent those of us who do not have a voice (MONEY) to stand up against the government(corporation).

  • John

    Noooooooooooo! If corporations what to Censor what comes into their building thats fine, but the Government needs to do other things other than worry about the Internet, like do the jobs there were elected for.
    Remember to Vote Out all of the people that are currently in office. Its time for a real change

    • Severin

      Yeah John, voting is great but if corporation is hiring your president/congressmen/congresswomen do you think his/she is going to act in your best interest? When corporations and their lobbyist stop paying off (contribution funds) your lawmakers then we can have true justice until then you will be playing their game and it does not favor you my friend!

      • John Dogan

        So true!!!!

  • will maxwell

    I am not against internet security, but remember, if you take away from one person, whats to prevent someone from taking away from YOU. The only internet monitoring I will be in favor is not reelect anyone. Get these self proclaimed “do gooders” out. They should be doing the will of the people electing them, not thinking of themselves as a god, the great protector of the flocks. So while I think within an organization, they have a right to censor their own infrastructure, but not the personal an employee might bring with them. nuff said.

  • http://www.4rx-pharmacy.com My1Rx

    We already have Google controlling the internet and we don’t need another entity stepping in. JP.

  • Pamela Harper

    With all of the things the government SHOULD be doing, it amazes me that they take the time to try to be the nannies of the internet. Methinks that we the people are receiving too much valuable information about the goings on in DC & that is what scares them. Think about all the info you have got from the net & are able to immediately voice your opinion right then & there. They are scared of the bloggers that put “need to know” info out there for us. Politics have changed & they don’t like it. NO REGULATIONS ON THE NET!!!!

  • John Dogan

    I believe that it is enshrined in the American Declaration of Independence. Liberty and free speech this has to apply to the Internet as well.

    • Paradox

      Liberty and Free speech are no more. The Declaration of Independence is being destroyed right before our very eyes and we have done NOTHING to stop them. Every year there is a new freedom taken away in the name of “Protection” and “Safety”. It will continue to get worse thanks to all who complain on these forums but turn around and do nothing. You’re all a bunch of big mouth, punk ass, cowards if you dont protest this in a bigger way than bitching and moaning on this site. In fact, Im out!!

  • Matthew K.

    If the internet becomes censored, the people will simply create something different which will be unanimously controlled by the public sector.

    If you want to block your own gov. employees from viewing certain websites, download cybersitter. Don’t force it upon the very citizens who have the power over you.

  • http://amcdwebsolutions.com Annett

    Sounds to me like the government and big corporations are trying to get the total control over this country. Didn’t Orwell write a book about this? Isn’t China trying to do that and we complain about them?

  • AGE

    No they should not, internet is part of freedom of speech especially since the radio and tv and such are such difficult mediums to use for the everyday joe. This is pure bullshit at its finest, if the gov would do what they are supposed to do for the people maybe they wouldnt have to worry about junk all the time but oh well. GL former USA

  • http://www.mycashforums.com matt

    I say we vote these people outta office and get some new people this is ridiculous ,there are more important issues that need to be done why the heck are they worried about the inernet geesh

  • kate

    “Censoring”, my ar**.

    This bill does NOT censor. For anyone who says that, including the journo, they are misinformed. This is not about censoring per say, it’s about protecting broken business models by forcing private industry to comply with arcaine government regulations. An entirely different shady industry.

    The world is beholden to American Media companies, and it sickens me. Instead of dealing with violence, abhorrent sexual material, and hate speech, the United States Congress decides to attack breaches of intellectual property. Oh, and then goes and condemns the Australian Government for attempting to actually “clean up” the internet.

    The American Government are the biggest pack of hypocrites bar China. Shame on America.

  • Bill

    Read White Hat Reports You will soon see what is going on

    TKS

  • jurgy

    every time the government gets involved, it makes things worse – freedoms are lost, costs increase, unintended consequences hurt someone else – the less government in our lives, the better our lives

  • Bill

    Read Global World Settlements and White Hat Reports and you will soon find the reason of censorship and they are trying fast.

  • drewdee

    The wool is already over your eyes, this would just add another layer…
    No i am not a conspiracy theorist, the strings are already being pulled on our political puppets, both by us, and the corporations, the only difference here, is that the corporations have all of the money.

    The golden rule: He who has gold, makes the rules.

    I agree with JB, this world is folding, time to move… 😛

  • http://www.sensuousnights.ca Sensuous Nights

    In a recent battle in Saskatchewan against No-Fault Insurance(we sort of won, ask your lawyers about the coalition against no-fault) I learned a valuable lesson most people don’t understand legislation but worst of all they don’t want to! They are perfectly willing to let government do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t effect them in a negative manner. Even worse then that when legislation does effect them in a negative manner they won’t say crap if their mouths are full of it! If big government puts their toe in the internet waters you can guarantee that before long they will be bathing in it! So long internet it was nice knowing you…

  • andre

    LOL this is such a waste of time, everything they do can be very easily bypassed and they would not be able to track you. Sad it has come to this, the internet was born free and will fight back to stay that way.

    This will just turn into a huge money eating monster for the government to maintain that is not even working. Like the gun registry in canada.

  • http://WebsiteHelpsite.com Dusty

    Book burning anyone?

    Alex Jones at infowars.com has already had a YouTube video removed for “speaking against the government”. He recently posted an article about this and spoke about it on his radio show last week.

    This is an unconstitutional move to limit free speech and free press. It is in lock-step with other moves from the government, like being groped to get on a plane. Now the Gestapo-like checkpoints are on highways. It doesn’t take a vast majority to fight for freedom and win. There are 312 million Americans. A determined sub-group of these people could raise a hue and cry about this and be effective. If they censor something, groups of people should put that stuff back up, over and over until we make our point that we refuse to be boxed up.

    We should also gather the names of our public employees who voted to censor us. They should be voted out of office asap. Their NAMES should be circulated widely and put onto websites that respond to the search term “should I vote for [name].”

    Lots of articles should be posted, naming the politicians who don’t care a whit about the right to free speech or press, but prefer to do their deeds in darkness.

    Americans are ingenious. We will find away to combat and win against this censorship.

  • http://www.123webconnect.com Vince

    Another shot at nullifying the Constitution. What’s next, state run media?

    • JB

      Ahem, heard of Fox News, CNN, CBC, ABC? Yeah, practically state run. At least, run by the same corporations who own the US government.

  • Preetis

    excellent, we need such laws all across the world, people who are doing piracy is taking each and every law for granted, but this one shall definitely put some breaks, Piracy is a big issue and have to be handled in this way atleast.

  • http://www.nationwideconcealedcarry.com John Longenecker

    When the totalitarian powers began their takeovers, they first took over the guns and the lines of communication both. They knew that those who owned weapons (registration) were also those with the spirit to speak out and rouse others to protect their nation. These takeovers were always hostile we can now see, and never for the good of the people. Silencing the people and denying them the means of comparing notes and identifying hostile patterns and illegal governance are usually the first to go under color of some ‘necessity’. This diminishes the knowledge and the spirit of the people to resist.

    There is no ‘necessity’ for controlling the Internet, but there is a necessity for keeping it free.

  • http://www.nationwideconcealedcarry.com John Longenecker

    … and while you’re at it, could you knock off the stupid pop-ups?

    Now, THAT would be reform!!!

  • http://networkedtraffic.com Pat Gunning

    Piracy is just the excuse used to gain more control over the free market… What we need is less Govt regulation not more…

    • JB

      That’s bullshit. How is putting controls on pirating letting the free market grow? Both corporate/business AND state control of the economy is bad, sir. We need control of the economy by the people, and piracy is one method of doing just that.

      Digital information is free nowadays, people only pay if they want to pay, because they think the creators deserve money for their efforts, but I don’t feel like supporting massive record companies, hollywood or large game studios like EA, so I pirate their products. Whereas I always buy independent, small-scale products legally.

    • Bri

      I totally agree, & it is sad that they are trying to pass this in such a hush hush manner. I just found out about this today & am Pissed

  • Colorado Dave

    Are we turning into China now?

  • Chad

    Well if someone would create a online petition against this I would gladly sign my name to it and post a link to in in all my social sites etc.

    I have to say I’m a little disappointed that when I got to the end of reading this that their wasn’t a link to the online petition – in fact I was so mad that I immediately googled to see if one existed….nope, not there (yet).

    I would love to see someone put one together and submit a link to it.

  • http://IraMencyDesigns.blogspot.com Cindy

    I can’t believe they are taking away our freedom of speech in a sense that we should be able to write what we want, read what we want, and say what we want. If that offends others, they shouldn’t be looking. They shound instead focus on software that would block discriminating sites for those who choose to live in a bubbble. For the rest of us, I say FUCK BIG BROTHER.

    • http://www.inalienablerights.org John Melchinger

      You have it right!

  • Herbert Reed

    NO……….

  • http://www.escrowrefills.com Nick Turner

    It’ s good.

    Illegal websites such as escrowrefills.com can then be closed down.
    They scam and operate illegally and no-one is doing anything about it.

    • http://www.priosoft.com Byron

      There are better ways to do that than limiting our freedom of speech.

  • http://www.priosoft.com Byron

    Let’s look just like China, Iran or Russia. I think that’s a hell of an idea. First comes control of your freedom of speech then everything else is up for grabs because you don’t know what the real truth is. That’s what happened in Germany in the 1920’s and you know the results of that.

  • I. Stewart

    Dear All,
    Writing to you from the land that was the origins of the founders of the USA, I consider that this idea is being backed by the most evil minded enemy of the States, and is called Political Correctness. It, at present, lurks within the White House, and must be removed. I cannot read the quoted Act PROTECT-IP since Fortinet/Fortiguard is blocking it. The present occupant in the White House, I believe, will possibly use this to destroy the mindset of those who laid down the foundations of America by extending those evil tentacles. It must be opposed upon principle and there must be no more crawling towards that other evilness which lurks in Brussels, and is hanging on by the skin of ite teeth. You, AMERICANS, must destroy Barack Obama. You must also watch out for Obama’s possible attempt to remove your right to bear arms and therefore to totally emasculate you and leave you at the mercy of his Islamic associates and his questionable connections with Islam and their evil spread around the world. I hope that my probably still there American “born and bred” cousins, descended from my Scottish great-uncle are of the correct mindset.

    My kindest regards,
    I.R.Stewart

  • Matt

    Follow the money. Who lobbied for and funded this new piece of legislation?

  • I. Stewart

    Dear All,
    Writing to you from the land that was the origins of the founders of the USA, I consider that this idea is being backed by the most evil minded enemy of the States, and is called Political Correctness. It, at present, lurks within the White House, and must be removed. I cannot read the quoted Act PROTECT-IP since Fortinet/Fortiguard is blocking it. The present occupant in the White House, I believe, will possibly use this to destroy the mindset of those who laid down the foundations of America by extending those evil tentacles. It must be opposed upon principle and there must be no more crawling towards that other evilness which lurks in Brussels, and is hanging on by the skin of ite teeth. You, AMERICANS, must destroy Barack Obama. You must also watch out for Obama’s possible attempt to remove your right to bear arms and therefore to totally emasculate you and leave you at the mercy of his Islamic associates and his questionable connections with Islam and their evil spread around the world. I hope that my probably still there American “born and bred” cousins, descended from my Scottish great-uncle are of the correct mindset.
    My kindest regards,
    I.R.Stewart

  • http:www.menondesign.com Das

    .

    Ah haa !
    The Devil himself says he is opposed to evil.

    Soo.. what else is new ?
    .. another attempt to control people
    under the disguise of morality and such.

    Regulations are slow, full of loop holes
    and by the time it catches up, technology will be
    in another place. Then it will look like good old
    regulations on landlines, snail mail and such.

    .

  • http://troyus23.wordpress.com/ Troy Younts

    Hell No! What country is this again?! China? Libya? Iran? Hell No you don’t not in my land!

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; …”

  • http://www.greatpuppydogs.com Mark

    And what about those sites who report on the unreported stories that go purposely ignored?

    This is a step toward deciding what is good for me – but thats just on the surface. In reality, It would assist in censoring all dirty deeds of the devil, by the devil himself.

  • http://troyus23.wordpress.com/ Troy Younts

    OCCUPY THE WORLD!

  • http://www.ThisRocksMoney.com Greg Lightning

    No No and No…Just one more Commy Socialist move to control us.

  • http://www.inalienablerights.org John Melchinger

    …governmental actions are being compared to the creation of a Great Firewall of America, obviously taking its queue from China’s iron fist control of Internet content its citizens have access to. // The 1% in the USA, as all 1%ers ever in power, are afraid that people who know the truth and can discuss it openly will be inconveniently uncontrollable. Every totalitarian government in history eventually fell due to their aversion to and denial of any will of the people for FAIRNESS. Fairness is all that the OWS, the Arab spring and summer, and other current civic actions are looking for. Until the few with power realize that only cooperation and fairness will achieve peace, there will always be varying degrees of unrest and defiance of un-fairness.

    The political USA today wrapped in the warped capitalist control movement are not the things I fought for in the sixties as a citizen and in the seventies as a citizen-soldier. My remedy: un-elect the current Congress (every incumbent!) by voting only for independents who swear an oath to serve only 12 years maximum in Congress and to support the US Constitution and all its amendments in a transparent government. Wake up America. Your freedoms are being systematically chipped away, and those who conrtol government count on us being lemmings and following each other to our collective middle class deaths. Freedom is not free; it must be earned.

  • Renee Marino

    This is a blatant attempt to curtail the free flow of information. The corporate elite are looking to ensure that we have less and less power as citizens. With these types of controls in place they hope to disconnect us, divide us, make it more and more difficult for us to organize and cooperate while they continue to have the upper hand. NO is my response, absolutely NOT.

  • Bob

    Doesn’t the first Amendment take precedents??? Don’t we as a nation have a lot more issues that are far more important, like unemployment, children going hungry, foreclosures, terror threats, our economy in the toilet? Oh, I’m sorry it is all about sucking the ass of the rich businesses so they can take care of the Senate and Congress. It’s obvious that they no longer care about the people, It’s the what’s in it for me mentality that these morons use that is destroying us. What do they care, they get an amazing retirement and never have to lift a finger again. Isn’t our government wonderful, it is so reassuring to see that they want what is best for us by controlling our every move, thought and spoken word… or text,… or typed. Is Hitler back or what??? Let’s face it, our government is, has been and always will be corrupt unless “We the People” do something about it. Now is the time that something is done to let them know that we count and to get the f**k out of our lives. Remember that action speaks louder than words. It’s time for the action of the people. God Bless America… we sure need it now more than ever.

  • http://www.searchology.biz Alton J. Duderstadt II

    Restricting the Internet in anyway is exactly what dictatorships and third world countries do to prevent access to information. Do we really want to head down this path?

  • http://www.CaptainCyberzone.com CaptainCyberzone

    How many laws are to many laws? Unfortunately the majority of people need protection from the parasites and other sociopaths and even from themselves.
    As with everything that has been done before some enterprising mind will find a way around or through or over and brag to someone else and before long this “stop action” will be swiss cheese.
    Don’t get your thong into a wad … life will go on … the challenge will be met and then it’ll be on to the next.

  • Dana Wagenhoffer

    Government needs to back off & stop there nonsense. I would like them to pay attention to the economy & jobs not to whether they can censor the public internet. Once again a couple representatives get bored and decide they must push there morals & values upon the people. Why not try doing your jobs & represent the people.

  • http://inoutside.biz Imelda O. Suzara

    I deleted the Youtube videos I have which had been flagged or blocked for copyright reasons. These were of American musicals shown outdoors this summer in Toronto, and using Bacharach music to lyrics I wrote. I suppose as an artist I should respect other artists works although I also do media work. Only the original artist creator and/or producer who funded the work can post/broadcast/publish their own works. No more sharing copyrighted files online.

  • http://www.comsecnetworks.com Paul Axford

    And so endeth the Internet

  • http://www.onefreemind.org revolution

    No way should the government of one country control the information of the whole world… The world is already in the toilet due to American business and influence, it is a country founded for freedom but has been a mental prison and Zoo for caged humans for years now, and it’s influence has done more to destroy the world than help it. Now they seek to limit the freedoms of people world wide by censoring the last free place we have…. This world needs a Revolution!

  • http://gorangrooves.com Goran

    You should include the link in your article to the petition:
    FightForTheFuture.org/pipa

    • Ronald

      Friends,

      It’s alive! And it’s a nightmare.

      The rumors were true: The new Blacklist Bill could effectively destroy YouTube, Twitter, and other sites that rely on user-generated content by making the sites’ owners legally responsible for content their users post.

      It also includes provisions that would make it a felony to stream unlicensed content — including cover band performances, karaoke videos, video game play-throughs, and more.

      It’s a grab-bag of Halloween goodies for a handful of big corporations — but for us it’s Frankenstein’s monster, cobbled together from half-born bills, set to suffocate free speech and innovation and terrorize consumers and Internet users.

      Will you click here to ask your Congressmember to oppose the legislation?

      http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/sopa/?referring_akid=a2267854.254388.5hzpqf&source=auto-taf

      Thanks

  • http://www.juliusthejules.net.tf Julius The Jules

    Tell these mother-fuckers no!!! We WILL block this bill, for if this bill passes, the American people should riot! Not just any riot, but a successful riot that will abolish the government completely!

    • http://musings.elisair.com/ Musings

      They already are starting to riot. No jobs, no help and no funding of anything to even try and help as the greedy Hill (mostly republicans) and Corporations try to take it all.

      With the way this bill is written all you would see in an advertisement would be just a white picture with the title on it.

  • Peter Kolar

    There should be no censorship on Internet, whatsoever!!!

  • http://www.contentforconversions.com Russ Hudson

    This bill is going WAY too far. There is a significant amount of plagiarism and copyright infringement happening on the web – as a writer I know this first-hand, as my work is literally stolen every day and in large numbers. However, I’d rather be stolen from that have my freedoms taken away. This is just another example of the government exercising and more control over the people by fear-mongering.

    We must pass this along wherever we can – Twitter, MySpace (that still exists, right?) Facebook, etc. If this bill passes we’ll be less American than we already are.

  • http://www.drbrainles.com J. Hill

    The eleven most frightening words in the English language, “Hi, I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”

  • http://nucow.com Lance

    Hello I just got censored by webpronews(web_ADs_not_News) on FaceCrook
    for trying to post below on YouTube back door advertisement con.
    Ignore radio information and READ THE WHOLE PAGE for some real facts.
    http://www.nucow.com/JYC.htm You will find JYC on lower part of sitemap also. Time to think different?

  • Elaine

    I agree with Russ Hudson. The internet should not be regulated by a few who want to exercise more control over the people by fear-mongering.

  • http://www.cryptext.us steve axelrod

    This is exactly why we created http://www.cryptext.us the cryptext OTP product. It prevents any type of censoring, snooping, eavesdropping and data gathering. Your information that you exchange with other people is yours and should not be censored in any way or used by any type of organization to sell or hurt you

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    Publishing the names and address email, photographs, details of the people behind the bill should make them think twice about putting it through, use every legal means this is the tip of the iceberg. point them out in the street to your children there are the people who are going to take away our freedom!…… You got the idea

  • http://www.eroticfreepress.org Stephen G. Barr, Publisher

    No, they should not be allowed to censor the internet!!

  • Jeovanni

    If people accepts that we will live like in China, and that’s what they want to do with us, they want to have the conteol over everyone, if we accept that now we will never be able to turn that back!

  • AlanD

    Do the US government want to create a public backlash akin to what we are seing in North Africa?
    Imposing censorship of free speech, for that is the true purpose of this bill, is in direct opposition to the American Constitution. True Americans should see this for what is is – state control of what we say in public, state control of what information can be made available for the public to read. What next? The Thought Police?
    This is the not-so-thin end of the wedge.
    Beware America, this could be your undoing!

  • Mike

    This kind of collusion by those who do not respect individual rights is why we must be vigilant in sustaining the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms. The day is quickly approaching where individuals who believe in liberty and denounce tyranny will once again raise their voices and tear down the halls of government to proclaim freedom. Those who sponsor or support this type of legislation ought be hung from power poles across the country as an example of what the people will do to those who wish to be kings.

  • http://randihoeglundhansen@gmail.com Granitskaerver

    It’s really disturbing that people allow the powers that be dictate what they can and cannot do.

    We are not victims – we are the people of the planet with the real power, so don’t let 1% decide what the 99% are allowed to do.

    Stop the bill and all equal tries to make slaves of the majority.

  • http://www.bigfatostrich.com mike o

    This is a bill that will hopefully never make it to law. It feels like the worst in censorship as the internet now plays a huge role in the lives of many people.

  • Richard O

    NO DAMN WAY!!!!!

  • Brandon

    No!!! This is horrible. There will be backlash if that pass. We should be upset just because its up for vote, wheather it pass or not. There are people in our government that is extremely corupt.

  • Ruth

    No unfortunately we should not allow the government to be involved because it would give them a power over our speech. now I do not know just yet what we should do about things like slander & or pornography but maybe if we were given more opportunity to or better help in sewing when someone abuses us on the web that would be better. I one time was accused of copyright over a list of service names on my web site. the host company dropped our site for almost a month. caused us to almost lose our business, its taken now 3 years to regain the loss. We even had some death from it but of livestock so no way to sue because of us not having the money to do so.

  • DW

    This has little to do with piracy and everything to do with preventing sites like wikileaks from being viewed…

  • http://www.am1enterprises.com Alan

    I am a certified computer tech support tech and also own an adult website and others and some off line busuness’s as well. Along with an adult group n Yahoo and I do support some censorship, spam and hackers and some other things have become a bad rap on EVERYONE! But they do tend to hit certain industries more than others too! But it comes down to one thing! If your following the rules and laws and keeping things in perspective you really have nothing to worry about!

    • http://www.am1enterprises.com Alan

      But I have to agree with many too, there are way too many corrupt people in government too, but like SSI and FIA, etc. if it wasn’t for those abusing the system to begin with years ago, they wouldn’t be cracking down so much now too! But just like the recession and money and job issues, it never seems to get noticed until it’s almost too late! And then everyone finally weants to do something! I know first hand on much of it too, after 3 years my GF went to the judge and was denied SSI and we need to start all over again! And she needs it too, unlike some!

    • http://www.am1enterprises.com Alan

      It’s also kind of hard to feel sorry for those who have lost it all and living beyond their means to begin with too! I am a recovering addict of almost 3 years and have worked my ass off to get to this point and not stopping either! Be thankful for what you got and don’t take things for granted!

  • http://www.freelancewriter.co.nz Paul Callaghan

    Why do governments try to impose 1950s responses to a 21st century problem? (As if freedom of speech is a problem!?) The NZ govt has already tried to do something similar which has apparently had absolutely no effect on internet usage here. Stop wasting money cozying up to the big corporations and get on with something we would all like to see – sustainable jobs and a fairer distribution of wealth. Isn’t that what governments are elected for?

    • DW

      “a fairer distribution of wealth. Isn’t that what governments are elected for?”

      Um – that’s Socialism and Communism…

  • PeterCC

    Or is this TPTB doing some “tidying up” before the big debt for land swap, after which everything, but eveything that made America such a great nation will be history. Go for it guys, resist this, and end the fed. ( A comment from Africa.)

  • Donald Duck

    False identity to protect my US Permanant Residency, but basically, US Government is so paranoid of a revolution from within that its scared of being the last to know there’s a quiet revolution. People of America wake up!! Please…………………

  • http://www.TrippPublishingCompany.com Thomas Tripp

    If the government censors the internet, it does not respect the American freedom of speech under the Constitution of the United States of America. They will censor what THEY don’t like and allow what pleases them. The Holy Bible could be banned from the internet. It’s a very bad bill, a bad name, a bad idea and a sympton indicating the wrong direction of the USA and its government.

  • http://justpotteringabout.blogspot.com/ Alec Ward

    “….as long as American Internet users can access Facebook and Twitter, as well as throwaway nonsense like TMZ, they don’t seem to be very interested in informing themselves…..”

    I think that goes for most Internet users worldwide.

    With inequality of incomes widening and the chances of reasonable employment levels a long way off, the likelihood of an increasing ‘occupy’phenomena seem ever more likely. I presume this bill will be able to take down any site which is supporting this movement.

  • Jay

    And so begins Censorship of the world. Everyone is so tied up in their own little worlds that nobody gives a shit about anything anymore.

    This bill will pass because the ignorance in America is so overgrown that we are all screwed. They will succeed and we will all die if we don’t stand up and do something. Let us join those OWS and start protesting everything that’s wrong rather than focus on one issue. We need to be 10 steps ahead of our so called government. They don’t care about you and will keep taking your freedoms and liberty until there’s nothing left.

    After that, get ready for the Concentration Camps and Nazi America.

    I would do something if I was in a seat of power but their is nothing I can do. It doesn’t matter what we say or do, these politicians are just going to sit back and laugh when you try to solve the problem and get there way almost every time.

    Anyone can write an 80 page bill and hide any rule they want and guess what. You wont see it unless you read very carefully because its one or a couple sentences in a big paper. Talk about abuse of power.

    Bills should be limited to just a few pages because no one has time to read that many bills that have that many pages.

    This is just another power grab that dooms us all. Once they censor the internet we have no other way of real communication. Then they will feed us even more lies once its censored.

    Why Cant we the American People vote for this rather than rely on all of the power tripping Politicians make up our minds for us. I thought this was a democracy.

    Not anymore because no one gives a flying fuck.

  • http://www.goldcurrent.net Ryan

    Why is everyone surprised?
    This government has ripped our Constitution to shreds and thrown it in our faces.
    “The merger of state and corporation is fascism” – Mussolini

    • Jay

      Well Said Sir.

  • http://dynamictrends.com Mike

    Great, I’ll shut down my site, stop my internet service, and just use my computer to play games on. The people running this government are starting to piss me off!

  • T

    Gov’t by the corporations, for the corporations. Does this surprise anyone? Just as the suckpreme court allowed pacs and corps the ability to donate unlimited funds to their favorite gov’t employees (congress etc.), we the people will find ourselves in the dark as more info becomes censored.

  • Mike

    Government exists for two reasons … for the few privileged individuals to acquire wealth and power. It is a necessary evil. Want to minimize the evil, minimize government. Lock ‘n load, my friends. Time is of the essence.

  • Jamie Shipman

    absolutely not. we have freedom of speech. however most sites have moderators who should have the right to remove offensive material from their website, when it is owned by them.

  • http://rainbow-websites.com Lydia Shelley

    This is actually what ANON is against, and why Anonymous joined Occupy Wall Street. Any restrictions or infringements in freedom, online or off, are cause for concern. But when language which purports to be for one purpose is just used to get a foot in the door to enact further restrictions, it is not just techies and search engines that should be concerned. The last thing we want is to end up with an Orwellian age in which only approved “truth” is allowed to be published… censorship of any sort is a slippery slope.

  • Joseph Keiper

    Just another way for the government to dumb down the masses and perpetuate the status quo. If they have control of the Internet they can control information. Information is power and they don’t want you to have it! Three things man needs: Food, Water, Information. Without those, we are doomed.

  • Bruce Rogers

    Next, they’ll be in your bedroom – stop bloody Governments from Nanny Stating us all – we are grownups, not toddlers. Leave the Internet alone!!

  • Oliver

    Any way affected non-US citizens can protest?

    This is worse than China, ffs who’s making up these bills? Companies in the US have enough power to remove infringing content, don’t you think?

    Anyway, I remember some domain bill that never passed, let’s hope the same happens here.

  • http://seo4detailers.com Robert

    Saw the headline and I thought this article was about Bill Gates censoring the Internet.

  • Paul X

    VPN services will become very popular. Not a bad result…

  • http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ Enough is Enough

    Contact your senators NOW

    http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

    Tell them NO WAY! This US Government is out of Control, thanks to buttheads like this HUSSEIN OBAMA. STOP IT NOW

    • Guest

      @Enough is Enough you BONE HEAD it’s the House of Representatives controlled by the REPUBLICANS that are the buttheads.

      Jeez some people !

      • Sagatom

        It’s the entire government that is power hungry and out of control. Until we elect representatives and senators and presidents, who are not professional power hungry politicians, and who will respect and follow the Constitution, we will be subjected to Government control and censorship.

  • Tony

    “free market” capitalism only works when you corner the market and eliminate the competition.
    The communist system IS already doing this…wait a minute…!?

    • Tony

      P.S. on a personal note webnewspro, BANK OF AMERICA? Really…be carefully whose paying the bills…I’m just saying

  • Lee

    STOP THE CENSORSHIP! This is absurd! More government control…or corporate control! We don’t need the government spoon feeding us what THEY want us to know, see or hear. This bill is just another way to chip away at our rights and take away more of our freedom. We are not kindergarteners! Take a STAND AND SAY “NO WAY!!!”

  • http://shop.lacompanyonline.com Rob

    Just another piece of the puzzle to eventually control everything.

    • Pat

      Yes, you are absolutely right. They won’t control for long though..

  • Sheila D.

    I’m a psychotherapist. I give away hundreds of my own recordings. Sadly, it is not uncommon for company to have half my recordings taken off-line do to false complaints of copyright infringement. It happens at least once every few months and its always a pain to sort out. So, I hate it when people claim that only pirates are abused by overzealous laws such as the DMCA.

    I am also a political activist. E-PARASITE, quite frankly, scares me. Up until now, I’ve been threatened to stay silent on issues of public concern before. When I fail to heed the warnings given to me by local lawmakers to keep mum about corporate welfare and citizen abuses, I do end up harassed (e.g. tickets, police visits, nasty emails and the like). Now, we are giving the local government one more tool to keep people like me quiet?

    We, the people, are letting governments and corporations stiffle our speech. No wonder taxes are high and the economy is in shambles. How can we make money or find out what the gov’t is doing with the funds we give them if we don’t have the power of free speech?

    This is, quite frankly, disgusting.

    • frankie

      Sounds like your on the right track. When they are threatening you you have something that is really important to share with the world!

  • http://www.gemfountains.com Pat Cole

    Absoutely not. The internet has been an open place to shop, sell and tell your opinion since it started. Our government needs to but out!

  • frankie

    Calling all hackers! Be ready as your part of the war is just hotting up!

  • http://www.mindmagic123.com Hypnosis Hypnotherapy Los Angeles

    The video only deals with part of the aims of this bill. There is a section directed against offshore prescription drug providers, mostly Canadian pharmacies I guess, and other actual scams and frauds. But it seems that on grounds of National Security, that Wikkileaks et al could at the very least starved of funds, as has happened “unofficially” already. But as the total anarchic freedom of the Internet has spawned such a host of abuses, it is inevitable that some regulation would occur.

    I share your fear of abuse and extension of these proposed powers, as all bureaurocracies tend to increase the size and scope of their activities. The RICOH Act was specifically designed to attack the conspiracies of organized crime. In latter years it has been used, or attempted to be used, outside that purview. More worrying is the suppression of gadfly free speech, which by definition is an irritant, or more, to those in authority.

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  • Mike Jarvis

    Censor the Internet ” NO WAY”… The internet is one of the places where you hear about Government and Corporate Corruption..!! Maybe that’s why they’re so interested in censoring it..????

  • Frank

    This is absolute BULLSHIT. The internet, websites, and blogs are a form of speech and communication. We don’t need censorship.

    If someone is looking for offensive material, then they are knowingly entering that search KEYWORD.

    Plus Google as a default setting in their search is family friendly searches, you must OPT-IN to remove the search CONTROL to OFF, if you want offensive material.

    Why doesn’t the government, put the $$$ Re$sources of the proposed BILL into something worthwhile, like the national fucking debt.

  • http://www.purocleanpers.us Kristine

    Sounds like slippery slope stuff to me. Take away a little freedom here, then a little freedom there, and before you know it, we have everything under government control.
    I don’t care what they say, it still sounds like infringement of freedom of speech.

  • Amy

    This is ridiculous! This is what gets me… foreigners try so hard to get to America: The Land of the Free, they want to live in a free country… they should watch the news more often, cuz this country hasn’t been free in a loooooooong time!! There’s nothing free about our country anymore. If the government wants to take on something new, they should get our homeless vets and children off the streets. Use your tax-payer time for something good and actually helpful and quit using it to smother our freedom!!

  • http://danieldlaine.com/danieldlaine Daniel D’Laine

    It will all turn into a corrupt money-go-round – just like ‘everything’ the corrupt American government turns its hand to. They are looking to cash in somewhere along the line! But of course; it’s impossible to achieve!

  • JJ

    Seems to me that in the face of the people coming together and saying “We are done being held down” the powers that be are beginning to realize that we are waking up. There is power in numbers, and the method of mass communication that is social networking may be too powerful a tool to provide to a population that you are attempting to control. My guess is this attempt to stifle internet content is going to get a lot worse, pretty quickly. Like the blanket policies that came under the guise of “homeland security” I believe this to be a Trojan horse policy meant to control any type of mass organized uprising.

  • http://money-making-guide.biz/blog/ Making Guide

    And this complies with the bill or rights how?

    • http://freeamerica Electron Paul

      It doesnt! Elect Ron Paul and stop the madness before it is too late!

  • http://www.sfsextoy.com/ SF

    It’s time we as a nation put a quick stop to our government and corporate America infringing on our rights as U.S. citizens. Censorship for their own agendas at the expense of the people is not acceptable. This is not communist China, and the American people and all of our war veterans will not let this happen. The government better think twice, or they will have an even larger fight on their hands than what’s already coming their way. Time to wake up folks!

    “Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand” ~Bodie Thoene

    • http://freeamerica Electron Paul

      RON PAUL IS THE HOPE OF THE PEOPLE, PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD. IF YOU TRULY BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAID ABOVE AND DONT KNOW ABOUT THE “SOLUTION” I.E RON PAUL, THEN EDUCATE YOURSELF AND TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT HIM!

  • Robert

    The People’s Republic of America will soon be our name. To all those complacent people, hear this: When the government finally makes its last move and it is checkmate, don’t think for one second that they will give a care in the world about you.

    • http://freeamerica Electron Paul

      HELP US ELECT RON PAUL, SHARE HIS VIDEOS, POST HIS COMMENTS, WATCH HIM IN DEBATES, PASS THE INFO TO YOUR FRIENDS!

  • scrawb

    Roaring your brains out at ball games, dragging dogs about by the neck and, ranting gobbledegook to a non-existant god….talk about a recipe for getting yourself screwed!

  • http://freeamerica Electron Paul

    What more proof does anyone need than this “bill” that the government is out of control? PLEASE help us elect Ron Paul before we are just pawns to be controlled by the whims of our political masters. If you are not familiar with Ron Paul, google him, watch his speeches on youtube, educate yourself on why and how he is planning on reducing government control and bringing liberty and freedom back to the people as the founders of this country meant it to be….DO SOMETHING OR WE WILL ALL BE LIKE CITIZENS IN CHINA…

  • http://www.jims-photos.com Jim Em

    We, in the USA, live under the illusion of freedom.
    It all hinges on one glaring problem, our election process and our party system.

    Here is what George Washington said about our party system.

    Washington’s farewell address

    Warned against the party system. “It serves to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration….agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one….against another….it opens the door to foreign influence and corruption…thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.”

    This man, our first president, the only president that was not a member of a political party, 225 years ago looked into his crystal ball and saw the USA today.

  • C

    This to me seems that they would be infringing upon our freedom of speech. We don’t want you to see what someone else thinks because you may agree with it, such things as our government sucks and is running this country into the ground!!! They keep trying to do crap like this and soon it will be total anarchy, which right now seems better than what they are doing with our country!

  • Steve Matsukawa

    I am a citizen of the United States of America, and I do not want this bill to censor the internet allowed to pass. The internet was created for the free passage of communications and ideas.

    The government of any country should not and cannot be allowed to censor any part of the internet. This should be so despite the fact that some thin-skinned elitist finds it offensive.

    This is what the spirit and heart of free communications is all about, positive and negative.

    I strongly urge the non-passage of this bill at all costs.

  • Catherine S Selke

    No!!!!! We as Americans can not allow the Government to censor the Internet and the information we receive.
    The United States Government DOES NOT own the Internet
    This reminds me of the novel “Fahrenheit 451″ by Bradbury

  • kevin

    No the bloody yanks shouldn`t be allowed to sensor the net ,thats the right of the chinese government ,after all the yanks don`t have a dictatorship , and their parliment isn`t non elected despots, so why adopt a communist reign to please the large corporations ,

  • Spam Exterminator

    When did America become a Communist country? I’ve been saying for years that this country has been on the wrong track, with every new president we get less and less freedoms. Why is it the new president thinks he has to add new laws take away previous freedoms in an effort to better the country? What people need to ask themselves is are these presidents really this stupid or do they have a darker objective. I mean with every loss of a single freedom they destroy everything that America actually stands for, well stood for. What’s the end game?… Hail Hitler?… The new American freedom, You’re free to live the way you want as long as you do it the way we tell you.

  • Gary

    Yes, their needs to be some control of the content or pornographers will continue to attack the integrity of the men and the family

    • PAA

      NO No NO! As soon as you allow the censorship of pornography you will also allow the censorship of your religious views. It is already happening that certain groups are trying to strip all public places of any reference to Christianity. Everyone has the right to choose what they read/see or not. No one has the right to tell you what you can read, watch, say, or believe!

  • Hughie

    I think it’s one step closer to imprisonment for all American.

  • James

    Well the goverment is in all our business , why not the internet.
    They are taking away our freedom a little at a time.

  • Jason Cohen

    Absolutely not!

  • NuttyDoc

    How Orwellian! The Return of the Thought Police.

    As to the “real deal” of this bill I’d like to see the money trail; who is the puppet master behind the writers of the bill? Sounds like Tolkiens Dark Lord Sauron….

    One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
    One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

    *sigh*

  • http://stevechallis.net Steve Challis

    In Australia we are currently fighting an Australian government plan to censor the internet in Australia.
    I wrote a satirical article about this at http://stevechallis.net/Internet-Censorship.php

  • FreeRanger

    Sounds like its time for a Global Dark Net …
    Bring back the freedom of the internet from 10 years ago.

    Besides it’s not the internet that needs sensoring but the dubious moral sensibilities(Human nature) of people who insist on getting something for nothing.

    Maybe we should just abolish Money – everyone work for nothing and pay for nothing and screw the whole capitalist shebang.
    It sounds radical, though hardly new – and it is another way to view equality and impartiallity.

    Something should be done – that does not involve a continued shrinking of Civil freedoms.
    We as a community opted for a free and democratic society because we were not into being controlled by foreign governments who are really just a bunch of cattle ruslters when all is said and done.

    Lets just start up a Dark Net, even set up a couple where the bad people can play and where the good little people can look at a censored internet.

    I also wonder how much of this new bill is motivated by the #OccupyWallStreet freaking out the Money people.
    It sure didn’t help Gadaffi to censor the internet.

    Open the Bag and let loose the Cats.

  • manny

    Why is everyone suprised. it is no different to what they do now with the media. Change a word here , rephrase there, start the story from the middle to suit their needs and guess what… You have a bised view of current events.

    For the US it is only the next logical step.

    Control what the people hear and read you control the people. And at the end of the day this is what it is all about.

    • http://www.onearmedseo.com OLIVER BODNAR

      First of all Manny!
      There is nothing logical about it, and the word is spelled biased, not bised.

      You’re right about the media, but that doesn’t make it logical…it just means that the country is getting closer and closer to being completely ruled by corporate America…if you’ll look up the Antonym of Democracy, you’ll see that Government is one of the words in the list along with communism, subjection and suppression!!

      At the end of the day, maybe that’s what it’s all about in the country you’re from, but it doesn’t work that way here…at least not for now!!

  • http://www.onearmedseo.com OLIVER BODNAR

    FUCK THAT!

  • http://www.ticobooking.com Tico

    Hey watch out you are infringing Copyright Rights with that YouTube Video!

  • http://home.earthlink.net/~mcloner Matthew Cloner

    The government wants complete and total control over every single person in the United States. And that includes our right to free speech, especially on the Internet. The way that you can tell when you’re dealing with evil is the need to control. Never take your rights for granted, because they can be taken way from you very easily. The US Constitution is just a piece of paper unless people are ready to stand up and defend it. The Internet should remain free and open. Any or all attempts to control or limit its access and content should be challenged.

  • Ahmet

    Very clever as usual it is under the guise of censorship but in reality it means Control, Google already censors subject matter it doe’s not want you to know about, all our media TV News, Films is basically controlled by Mr Zionist, who runs Google? Yes Mr Zionist, that is why most people are in the dark and don’t have a clue about the true state of this screwed up planet.

  • http://www.successful-retirement.com Patrick

    Welcome to the world of “dumbocracy” with its illusion of freedom.

    It spawns governments of dumb politicians making more and more dumb decisions. Their prime objective is keeping their jobs by appealing to their majority of dumb voters by wasting time on meaningless but emotional issues.

  • http://www.westnet.net.au/~gordon451/ Gordon Edwards

    Ho hum. When will you ever learn?

    Reminds me of a factoid from 3 or 4 years ago: 40-odd% of Americans have very limited Civil Rights because they live “near” (50 miles I think) the sea-shore or a border (Canada/Mexico). The need for Civil rights has been removed because of the need to hunt down suspected enemy agents… Hurrah for Homeland Security. Hurrah for safety.

    Reminds me of Senator Joseph McCarthy, a proud American patriot.

    Welcome to the Hotel California. Actually, you can leave — but it’s gonna cost you. Everything you hold dear.

    Gordon.

  • http://www.bd-shop.co.uk Barney

    A view from the UK (which hardly makes me immune from the actions of American legislators):

    It comes as no surprise that this sort of legislation is being planned by the American government. What does surprise me is that the American people (on the whole) are so naive as to think they can trust their government and their courts to get things like this right, when so many of the politicians are prone to lobby pressure (true in any country, not just the USA).

    On the face of it this is an anti-piracy bill, which we should all welcome. I attended the EU Conference on Counterfeiting and Piracy in Stockholm in 2001, where the bulk of the delegates were concerned with electronic media – DVDs, CDs, smart cards, software on disc and downloadable. The desire then, as now, should be to protect the holders of copyright and title from those who seek to profit from its illegal re-use.

    My worries are these. I have long held the view that nobody should have the right to demand the removal of a website without the offender being given due notice. In 1999 Turner Network Television managed to get a court order in the UK to make my (British) ISP block my website because it made reference to The Cartoon Channel being available free-to-air – which, at the time, it was at the time, on three different European satellites. The irony was that I was selling legal subscription services which included several Turner channels as a fully authorised agent of BSkyB, and was actually giving free publicity to Turner, but they were so blinded by corporate self-protection that they just couldn’t see it. What was particularly irritating was that my ISP didn’t even have the courtesy to inform me. The block lasted less than two hours.

    I nowadays sell my own artistic photographic work over the internet, some of it for my own income, some for charity. (I raise money for the UK disabled ex-solders’ charity “Help for Heroes”). My work has been pirated on an American website. I wrote to the site owner and made a simple offer – give me full copyright credit and prominently link back directly to my website and you can keep my material on your website for a trial period. They refused and removed my content. A sort of victory.

    But this bill going through Congress has a nasty edge. And that edge is the fact that a court in the USA can make an order based solely on unilateral evidence without any right to counter evidence.

    And that ought to be fundamentally wrong in any free society. This is a charter for more lawyers to make more money without having any scruples about their own actions. I’m amazed most of them can sleep at night.

    Whilst the basic idea behind this proposed legislation is founded on common sense, actions taken by courts in its name will rarely share that common sense.

    Sadly that often seems to be lacking amongst legislators and the judiciary wherever they are in the world.

    • ches

      Exactly

      Luckily we Brits have a bit more common sense

  • http://www.q3tech.com Software Product Development

    Is this really going to happen?

  • http://www.r-evolution.tv/ Henri

    I just think it has gone way beyond what is acceptable. First it was the war on drugs that took away freedoms, then war on terrorism, war on bla.bla.bla and now internet censorship. It is downright scary what is happening and the worst part is that most people are not aware, simply don’t care or even worse are afraid to stand up becasue they are afraid of being caught. It is dictatorship in a different coat or package. wake up people!!

  • G Carson

    I have found that most people today don’t care about much beyond what’s in their fridge, their driveway, their bank account and who they’re sleeping with.

    To try to talk about abstract political ideas with most people today is like nailing Jello to the wall.

  • G Sage

    When will the American people realize the Federal Government is run by elitist progressives that have no other purpose than to EXPAND the size of government under the guise of “taking care of us” and get re-elected. If we don’t wake up soon ALL our freedoms will be gone!

  • wallee

    Everything has been prophesied.

    God help us all.

  • ches

    The land of Hollywood porn pros v Bible bashers and rednecks.

    Lordy – help us all

    • PAA

      You may seem to have named opposing groups of people, but really everyone should be united against this. Censorship in any form is bad, no matter who is in charge of it.

  • L Fuller

    I received this from a friend, it dose not surprise me as our government is controlled by the world banks which means WORLD ORDER. Remember Adolf Hitler, the first thing he did was Censor information and controlled all media and burnt all the books.
    America wake up it is happening right now. Especially the religious far right are just as dangerous as the world banks and the oil corporations. All comes down to power. Absolute power controls absolutely, there is no freedom.
    We can fight back by voting out everybody that is in the senate and congress today. And lets start over. We have the best form of Government, if we can keep it.
    Main point: do not ever lose the right to BEAR ARMS or we will be done!!

  • SF

    No the Government should NOT be able to censor the Net, It is bad enough the big corps run the media and give half stories or their opinion or out and out lies.
    Like the incident in Florida and Fox news about Milk causes Cancer because of the Hormones given to the milking cows. The story was squashed and the owner of Fox stated that he is not under any laws to have to report the truth. Check it out!
    When does it stop? Freedom of Speech is yet another Constitutional right those communist on the hill are trying to take away. Vote the current admin OUT! Following the ways of Hitler. First the Black shirts then the Brown now come the Blue Shirts.

  • censored anyway

    However, by your own admission you state that you pirate yourself. That takes money out of the hands of the legitimate vendors and producers of the content you steal. Last time I heard, theft is a jailable offense. Your article reads like a written confession, therefore it can be taken to mean you want to be free to steal.
    The bill is a way for the government to block internet piracy and also incursions by foreign governments to engage in hacking innocent sites. If you want the internet to be truly free, you would support the bill, which in no way purports to block free exchange of ideas, just prevents these crimes from happening. Then the judiciary could be engaged with prosecuting phishing sites, piracy sites, and other behaviors which basically hamstring honest business activity.

  • http://www.onlinetv.us Randy Penn

    This is how to cut information from flowing when the people need it. Someone asked where are the occupy people and you should ask why you are still here and not out with them! This act is to facilitate the police state and keep information flow in the hands of the very powers that are stealing our futures. In the UK they will already put you in jail if you organize on Facebook, what do you think this bill will do? Get out to an Occupy near you and stop this!

  • http://www.universal-peace.com Ronald L. Waldron

    I have been being censored for the last 3 or 4 years. I have been
    blocked, shut down, webs removed, messages dropped into a seperate
    drop delete file. Out going and incoming E-mail. Not all but any
    with a political message.
    I have six books on the market, but any advertising or promotion is
    blocked.
    Any complaints to FCC or time warner is ignored.
    No government agency with accept any complaint, or do any thing.

    I even wonder if our president lives under captivity. They have no real power. The same advisors, staffers, chiefs of staff. ALL
    Jewish members of AIPAC, All intel–Mossad. Cover up of Israeli
    activities acts of war. I,m sure this wikll be filed in file 13,
    or trash bag.

  • VB

    The Bill is CLEARLY intended to stop criminal activities on the net. Theft, selling of counterfeit software, and illegal file sharing. I am no angel, but I am not deceived either. Truth is truth. I read most of the Bill and it is pretty straight forward. It targets only criminally oriented sites and other threats. The US government is not all evil. There are many sides to the story and we all need to expand our worldview beyond “conspiracy theories” and recognize that there is also an intention to do “right” by those in government power. There are certainly corrupt politicians but there are just as certainly corrupt citizens and many of these are the ones who complain the most. We have it really good here in the US and a bunch of spoiled brats whine all the time having no idea how treacherous other parts of the world are. We should redirect the energy of our negative criticism to the development of solutions among small groups, then larger communities and straight up into the heights of the government itself. We all still have this right and we can voice our opinions. Truth is powerful and will always prevail. Those who seek to live for the greater good of mankind and make decisions that assist the greatest number of people are the more righteous of the land. Ethical and truthful principles in the heart of any human makes him/her VERY powerful. So, make sure you are in the “right” and then speak and take action. But, don’t make a fool out of yourself if your motives are selfish. They will be found out.

  • Robbi Drake

    Interesting, but not at all surprising given the current state of affairs and a government that wants to legislate every aspect of our lives. Eventually, the sheep will get tired of it, but quite likely not before we’re using a “P%**y whipped,Brady bunch version” of the internet.

  • http://privatemoneybank.com/esmith Elliott Smith

    It is not acceptable to permit any governmental involvement in this, my internet. How do I let them know my feelings. Additionally, I would like to know exactly who votes “yes” for this legislation.

  • B.Hook

    Say Goodbye to America and the freedom we all “used” to love and enjoy. I say oust the entire government and implement one (government) that respects and stands for everything in our constitution including our freedom.

  • http://www.8seasons.com isabelly

    beads wholesale ,charms wholesale

  • http://www.hippysurvivor.com TANYA LADOUCER

    ENOUGH ALREADY! Big Brother has steamrolled us enough! I say tax and censor the corporate carpetbaggers and leave the internet alone.

  • kmanfitz

    I’m a veteran. I joined the military when I was 17. If this bill were a law when I was that age, I would never have joined. I would never risk my life for a government that infringes on our personal freedoms that way.

  • Sirenian

    I am ashamed that my government would consider such a blatant attack on freedom of expression and the flow of ideas and information freely over the internet. I am ashamed that money from fat entertainment companies speaks louder than fairness and equality on the internet.

  • Freeman

    I strongly protest against any kind of control over internet.It must remain a truely democratic medium where freedom should rule & there should be no boss.

  • http://123seminarsonly.com/ Keerthy

    :(

  • Melvin Karsten

    Stop trying to regulate the Internet.

    Congress and the President have taken too much of our liberties away already. This action smacks of dictatorship. It’s like the President saying, “If you say something bad about me, I’ll shut you down.” This after him constantly bashing the American people and the Republicans for not passing his bill, although it was the Democratic Senate who did not pass it.

    NO government control of the internet!

  • http://www.violet-silver.com chandra

    nice video 😀

  • http://www.Ikengainc.com Christa

    Government should not interfere with internet activities.

  • Andre

    Fuck This Bill! Its ridiculous that they would let it get this far. If passed it will eventually get repealed and those stupid fucks in office will never be elected again. Way to fuck the cool things up, COMMUNIST!

  • carol

    This is under the guise of protecting music artists, whatever but it will turn out to be the beginning of the end of any kind of free speech on the internet such as voicing our opinions about bills like this in which case one would not want to voice an opinion because of being arrested. The government wants to control every part of your life

  • Paradox

    Liberty and Free speech are no more. The Declaration of Independence is being destroyed right before our very eyes and we have done NOTHING to stop them. Every year there is a new freedom taken away in the name of “Protection” and “Safety”. It will continue to get worse thanks to all who complain on these forums but turn around and do nothing. You’re all a bunch of big mouth, punk ass, cowards if you dont protest this in a bigger way than b***hing and moaning on this site. In fact, Im out!!

  • carl paro

    the government needs to take it down a knotch or two and worry about the real issues at hand,like the economy they helped to ruin

  • http://www.seminarsprojects.in Rani

    well said, 100% true thing.

    Rani.