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The Internet is angry at SOPA and Anonymous is at, or at least near, the front of it all.

On Wednesday, the “official” Anonymous twitter feed linked to the group’s list of demands. The document is titled, “Bright, and Clear: The Future of Free Speech.” In it, the group details their list of demands for the future of the Internet that they believe SOPA and PIPA want to dismantle.

As we watch the web go dark today in protest against the SOPA/PIPA censorship bills, let’s take a moment and reflect on why this fight is so important. We may have learned that free speech is what makes America great, or instinctively resist attempts at silencing our voices. But these are abstract principles, divorced from the real world and our daily lives.

We believe a healthy society doesn’t allow its artists, musicians and other creators to starve. The copyright industry has been justly criticized for abusing the political process in a desperate attempt to maintain its role as a cultural gatekeeper, a business model made obsolete by a digital age of free copies. But the RIAA, MPAA & IFPI deserve our opprobrium for making enormous profits while often leaving the very artists it claims to represent *poorer* than they would be as independents. While the public may have greater access to the few artists deemed sufficiently marketable to gain mass media promotion, fewer and fewer of us are making art and music in our own lives.

Do you agree with Anonymous’ claim of a digital age of free copies? Are the MPAA and RIAA’s business models outdated? Let us know in the comments.

From there, the group lists their demands starting with the call for the WIPO to be disbanded. They also demand the elimination of the DMCA‘s registration requirement for qualification under the “safe harbor” provision.

They move onto more court-related topics with their expectation that courts apply penalties just as severe to rightsholders who issue abusive takedown notices as those applied to copyright violators. They also demand that any penalties for copyright infringement must be sane and reasonable and not to be based on “unsubstantiated, outlandish claims of harm.”

They demand that the Department of Justice begin an anti-trust investigation into the copyright industry, with a specific focus on collusion between rightsholders and ISPs in monitoring Internet users.

They demand an end to sales of radio frequencies into private hands. They believe that the radio waves are a form of speech and should belong to the people.

A big one that most would not agree with is their demand that ISPs stop interfering with file sharing via BitTorrent or any other protocol.

They want recognition of total ownership, not merely licensing, of products purchased. They feel that they have a right to tinker and modify devices as they see fit. The Library of Congress should not be in charge of determining acceptable use.

They reject the principle of contributory infringement under the pretense that “while there may be bad uses, there is no bad code.”

One that I think everybody can get behind is their expectation that legislators and judges make efforts to educate themselves about the technologies they oversee, and to call on and respect the opinions of technical experts when necessary.

All research receiving any public funding must be placed in the public domain upon publication. Likewise, the US Patent and Trade Office must immediately cease issuing software and business patents, and declare all such existing patents null and void. They also call on the rejection of any patents on mathematical formulas and genes or other naturally-occurring substances.

They demand that copyright and patent terms be reduced to reasonable lengths (two and five years from the time of creation, respectively). Works should only be eligible for the length of protection when created.

They recognize a broad right of “fair use” that would allow anybody to remix, sample, mash up, translate, perform or make parodies of any work as they see fit.

Their final demand is that courts give bloggers the same freedoms that journalists enjoy.

“The right to a free press originally meant a literal, physical printing press – not membership in some government sanctioned elite. Blogs are the modern day digital equivalent.”

They end their list of demands with a final call to action to their fellow “Internauts.” They end their message with “either stand with us or get out of the way.”

What do you think about Anonymous’ list of demands? Do you agree? Or are they just the ramblings of an idealist? Let us know in the comments.

Anonymous is not new to protesting human rights violations or making demands of certain groups that they don’t agree with. This is the first time, however, that they have laid out reasonable (to some people) changes to Federal and International law that most people could get behind. It’s fascinating to see a group that only a few years ago was attacking Web sites for the “lulz” has transformed into an activist group that more people can support.

It’s important to remember, however, that this only represents a portion of Anonymous. As these movements grow, there will be counter Anonymous movements that will want to respond to threats like SOPA and PIPA with more targeted, direct physical action like Operation Blackout.

Does Anonymous strike you as the new frontier of activism? Let us know in the comments.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/gary.beach?sk=info Gary Beach

    I think they need to demand that Antivirus companies be investigated to see if they release bad code into the wild to insure they have a business model.

    • Zach Walton

      That is definitely something that should be looked into. I don’t know if I completely agree with them intentionally releasing bad code, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they intentionally didn’t apply filters to every known virus and malware definition.

    • Anon9376

      Or, you know, disclose when the source is hijacked. Looking at you, Symantec. Only took you 6 years to tell us!

  • http://www.lmpgames.com Geowil

    I agree with most of those demands. The one I do not is the dismantling of the DMCA. It needs to be fixed to prevent fraud, but it does work. Everything else I agree with wholeheartedly, especially the ISP traffic throttling.

    • Justin

      I also agree with most of their demands. Now I’m probably on some watch list. lol

  • http://cacorruptionwatch.wordpress.com Guy Chamberlain

    Is “Mal the Duck” to WordPress what SOPA is to the USA? http://cacorruptionwatch.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/is-mal-the-duck-to-wordpress-what-sopa-is-to-the-usa/

  • Justin

    I completely agree with everything said above.
    Anonymous makes good points, in a clear, and very reasonable way. Personally though i would have to disagree with the few above who would say antivirus software companies put out bad code

  • Steven G

    This is the first issue that I think Anonymous has gotten behind in which I support their actions. If Anonymous can get behind more of these kinds of causes instead of creating their own agendas the world would finally have a voice that makes sense.

    • Gne

      Agreed

      • “SOPA” means “Blowjob” in Greek

        They also dismantled a massive DarkNet Child Pornography ring. I am going to assume you were ignorant of that. Because otherwise the FBI will be at your door shortly…

  • Jacob

    Even the government doesn’t want to go making anonymous mad. if the bill passes I give Anonymous a week before they break it and make their own internet.

  • Sil

    well for the most part Anonymous is right in that sopa and pipa should be taken down. as Anonymous represent the few remaining real line of defense for the free internet world. for most of their history of activity, members of Anonymous has always stood on the forefront of our rights of speech in both the digital world and the real world. so for those who doubt Anonymous intentions, you can be ensure that the result of all their involvement has lead to positive results.

  • Mr. E. Nigma

    Anonymous has been the true force showing that regardless who you are or where you sit within our own government… You are not above the constitution. Like many others who swore an oath to uphold and defend the constitution from all foes forign or domestic. I believe that anonymous is the first real defender of that in the cybernetic world. This act to censore is no different from when alcohol was a poison that must be removed from our pure land. From when they stated that any woman who is seen without a blouse is indecent expouser and they must punish said woman for being proud in her own body.

  • Tori Rune

    over the last few years i have researched the things anonymous has done and i like to keep myself updated. I give my support for what they are trying to do.

  • Iareunknown

    We need to go back…way back..small government, less intrusive, less prying…and the Govt needs to quit creating hysteria by creating “Terror” to impose new laws of restriction.

  • http://hannahhockens@gmail.com mens gold rings

    This is very trending topic on the internet now a days.

  • Darryn

    Hollywood’s claim that American workers are $5.5 Billion worse off due to torrents is tangible.
    Leonardo DiCaprio $77 Million 2011 – 2012
    Johnny Depp $50 Million 2011 – 2012
    Adam Sandler $40 Million 2011 – 2012
    Q: What part of that $5.5 billion are you missing out on ?

    • lamar_smith_likes_c0ck

      Firstly, i find my name relevant to this topic. Secondly, clearly those actors need more money…how do you expect them to provide for their family with only $40M? outragoeus…

  • Chris

    I’ve never gotten into politics but I really think if the gov passes it then this country will loose its freedom of speech. I give ananomous 1 month before they go to dc and kick everyone in the ass

  • Craig

    For once I agree with them for the most part. I think the patent thing is a bit off and the duration of copyright.

    One thing I am surprised they did not ask for, which I consider a substantial abuse, is that of the changing TOS and the requirement by Sony, Facebook and the like that change the TOS in their favor after you are locked into the TOS because you use or have purchased a product.

    I buy an Xbox or PlayStation, then a year later I can’t upgrade or use a service because they have changed the TOS to something I don’t like. It is effectively taking my property, making me sign something under duress as I can’t use it if I don’t agree but yet I own it already

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

      Yes, I have to agree here – corporations are all for protecting private property rights, UNLESS it’s YOUR property.

  • ISRAEL

    the people behind the sopa & pipa are those in the making billion business, and thas the plain true.
    what happened to the free share, fun navegation, the real purpose of the internet…just about everything about the net these days is $$$…in another words they had turned the net into a hore.

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

      That’s because, for corporations, EVERYTHING has to be ‘monetized’.

  • http://www.thebathbusiness.com Teresa

    They don’t even have the nerve to show their faces! C’mon. Anonymous are a ridiculous organisation. This is simply a case of jumping on a bandwagon to earn popularity points. Then when they forward their true agenda (which tends to be outlandish pr political stunts) people don’t just laugh at them. I wouldn’t support them because they are insincere.

    • http://www.atheist-reference.org Steve Ollington

      Theresa, that’s the whole point lol. I think you may need to do a little research before making such observations of certainty. Aside from Anon being still young and growing, they wield some real power and use it for the right reasons, fighting against corruption and attacks on Freedom of Speech. The governments and big businesses know who they are, and they fear them… again, that’s the point! I take it you haven’t watched V for Vendetta…

      • Kris

        They wield no power, you want to know why? They have nobody willing to step up and claim it.

        Hiding behind anonymity is not brave and threatening people to meet your demands instead of negotiating in good faith is terrorism.

        It’s hard to respect a coward.

        • “Kris” means “Oblivious Idiot” in Tiawanese

          Their anonymity is the only way they can do what they do without the Government arresting them for hacking, abuse of technology and extreme vigilantism, regardless of how altruistic their intentions are. And they are not threatening the people, they are threatening Congress. Because they are proving themselves incapable of acting in the public interest, and instead are becoming the spearhead of the corporate effort to own every physical and virtual square inch of reality.
          And they do wield power. Without them, the protests in Egypt probably would not have succeeded. Without them, the fraudulent activities of so many corporations wouldn’t have been exposed via Wikileaks. They are aggressive and powerful. Without them, our internet privileges would have been curtailed years ago.

      • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

        Anonymous is an organization advocating for freedom of expression, fair use and open source – I suppose, Teresa, that if Robin Hood dropped by to help you out, you’d report him to the Sherriff of Nottingham? As for showing their faces, with the passage of the Patriot Act under Bush, and the NDAA this year under Obama, you should be aware that EVERYONE is being WATCHED, and that ‘showing your face’ can result in indefinite detention without charge or trial a la GITMO?

    • Mako Nazarbayev

      Obviously you’re either a troll or you have no idea who Anonymous is apart from a few hate messages directed towards Anonymous. Anonymous dismantles Racism, CP, Censorship, Etc. They are here to help us.

      • Mako Nazarbayev

        O, I C that many ppl hav already responded with the same thing, thanx guys, lol, Epic smiley that wins overall stickwer 4 all o’ u :3

    • jim

      NEWSFLASH**

      Anonymous isn’t an organization of people.

      They’re people who are organized.

      No spokesman.

      No leader.

      No club.

      • Jacob G.

        What’s your point, Jim?
        It doesn’t really seem to me that they need a leader.
        They do what they do and they do it well.

  • http://www.atheist-reference.org Steve Ollington

    I love Anonymous! I wish there were more ways we could show our support to them for watching everybody’s backs the way they do. Legends!!

  • Craig Holman

    I simply do not understand this sense of entitlement

    Leave the free market free and it will moderate itself.

    The worker is due his wages, if he asks too much….don’t buy it. and he will lower his price. That the ability to steal copyrighted material exists, does not justify the stealing.

    Wants some, earn some, pay some, get some.

    OR they will stop making it.

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

      Sorry, I simply could not let this go …

      I simply do not understand this sense of CORPORATE entitlement

      Leave the free INTERNET free and it will moderate itself.

      The worker is due his wages, if he asks too much…OFFSHORE it. and he will lower his price, THEN THE CORPORATION CAN MAKE MORE PROFIT. That the ability to COPY copyrighted material exists, does not MAKE IT stealing.

      Wants some, earn some, pay some, get some.
      HUH??
      OR they will stop making it. (SERIOUSLY??? the Corporations will never stop making crap we don’t need and marketing to us with sex and violence.)

      Methinks there are a number of TROLLS on WPN today.

      • Dystopiate

        Trolls? No, libertarians and Ayn Rand zealots. The polar opposite of what the government is currently doing.

        The person above you is pretty much saying that if the public don’t play by their rules, then they will stop producing, which punishes not only the people that bought the product, but those that they employ.

        It starts getting wildly off topic, but eventually what it comes down to is the corporations being able to hold workers hostage if they threaten to stop, or “go away to Galt’s Gulch”

    • Instantaneous

      If they stop making it, someone else will.

    • http://www.gogoodpages.com/ wake99

      “Leave the free market free and it will moderate itself.”

      Free Market, what a joke! Its rigged and has been for years.

  • anonymous

    Agree 100% with all of the demands.

  • http://www.sfpincchicago.com Shadow Fire Promotions, Inc.

    When did we, as a country, start to surrender our rights to the government? Not the right to download or anything like that, but the right to fly on a plane without being sexually assaulted, or the freedom to create a web page (that does not violate anyone else’s copyright).

    SOPA and PIPA, will, in essence, allow our government to “shoot first, and ask questions later”. As is typical with laws such as these, it will be disguised as “saving money”, but will end up costing more and more, as taxes are raised so our government can spend more money trying to figure out how to enforce the freedoms they infringe upon.

    The DMCA and associated laws don’t do a single thing to “protect” anyone. Metallica wasn’t losing money when Napster offered their music. People DO buy CDs and movies. But in the new age, people want to “sample” before buying. When MTV actually played music or when radio stations did not have a “top 40 only” mandate that forces stations to recycle the same songs over and over, people learned about new music that way. Now, with no outlets to learn about new movies and music, people download to see if it is worth buying. Especially since most CDs now are under 60 minutes of music. Asking people to drop more than $10 for under an hour of music is a little absurd.

    Who do these laws hurt? Not the major label artists, who, as has been shown before, are always going to show as owing their label. It hurts the unsigned, independent artist trying to get their name out to the public.

    Assuming these laws pass, then the question would be, “How will it be enforced?”, at which point, not only will our government plunge us further into debt by spending billions to study how to enforce this law while still pretending to be protecting the American people, but they will simply censor anything anytime for any reason if just one person complains.

    If you legally buy a movie, then turn around and sell it on Amazon (maybe you bought a VHS, and now want the DVD), will our government arrest you for that crime? What’s the crime? Who cares?? It’s the Federal government, they don’t NEED a reason to spy on your phone calls, read your emails, sexually assault you in airports or anything else.

    Just remember, when you’re being sexually assaulted in the airport, make sure to thank the person who assaults you, because if you were not being touched inappropriately, you would not be able to enjoy the freedoms that we have from these sexual assaults.

  • buck strickland

    Its about time!

    And Sony and Freemantle needs to get over themselves with their “mark” cr@p!!

  • http://bit.ly/vIxjyx Sylvia

    I AGREE! to end this “worlds Jail” where a few thinking and acting to be the CONTROLLER of all else and everyone else… to tell as all and making stupid nonsense rules and laws up… for others ..just someone in a “top Position” had a damn dream maybe…. ok !
    A FEW PEOPLE HERE PLAYING AS THEY DAMN OWN ALL WHAT LIVES ON THIS PLAN BET.. TO DANCING TO THERE OWN FAVOR’S AND POSSESSIVE MINDS OF GETHERING POWER OF AS ALL !

    WE HAVE TO STOP THIS TOGETHER !
    WAKING UP ! and claiming humans rights of freedom !

    all this damn “Physical and Mind (cold) WARS on our planet is “behind the real Curtains” ONLY about a few POSSESSIVE LEADERS of Governements and Religions for there OWN POWER SATISFACTION AND PROFIT !
    When we “normal People” STOP to support this and give them no power anymore …
    START TO QUESTIONING AND THINKING BY OUR SELF … “WHY….is this so.. and can this be…!??

    .. WHAT WILL BE LEFT TO THIS possessive Positions of this FEW who thinking THEY are “GOD’s” and controlling the whole Universe and Humanity..????

    ANSWER: not much, they are born also just “naked” like YOU and ME and not with there Suits and Ties.
    We have to stop being slaves of few possessive minds here or Humanity will de-volution experiencing .. what I can not even really believing that this will happen really…
    sorry, I had to get this out !
    I am FREEDOM FREAK PERSON, OK, I admit, because from nonsense limiting rules and controlling the Minds with FEAR, this does NOTHING GOOD BRING UP, Nobody can and could ever creating GOOD for as all with Fear..! and this is what”they using ! and sadly to many of as “fall into this Trap ”
    so that this world is already over-flood with Depressions!

    Have ALL a great year in 2012 !

  • Arthur Baldwin

    Dear Zach,

    I’ve been a self taught computer programmer since 1983. And I agree with the all of the demands you listed in your article. Further, I would like to see software patents outlawed entirely, because they “label” programmers as criminals…for the crime of thinking. The next logical step for software patent supporters would be to set up a police force to monitor thought crimes. This goes against all of the principles on which America was founded.

    Sincerely,

    Arthur Baldwin

  • jordan

    I support them and hope they will find a way along with other hackers,etc to AIR ALL THE DIRTY LAUNDRY on Big Content and their stooge Politicians.

  • Pieter

    You all are hypocrites. It is people like you who has virtually wiped out small programmers who tried to sell their software and other stuff over the internet. Yes, we are one of those small businesses whose products you are “sharing” and in whose name you are pretending to speak.

    Well, you are “sharing” the small businesses into bankruptcy.

    So, therefore I support SOPA. If you steal, you must pay the price.

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

      Trolling?

      • Mako Nazarbayev

        Definetly trolling

  • Don Thompson

    The rich and powerful – Barons, Princes, and now capitalists, have long convinced kings and governments to spend public money to protect their private interests. It used to be the British East India Company demanding taxation on teas imported by upstarts in New England. With these two bills it’s the entertainment industry – not the entertainers – demanding you and I pay to have ourselves arrested, fined and or imprisoned for their imagined losses.

    These billos are but another sign of the impending tyranny.

  • bobby santorum

    The end of freedom is fastly approaching lest we THE PEOPLE stand up for ourselves and no longer feed happily from the hand of the man and bow to his every whim. The time has come for all free people to stand together against the once proud respectable country we ALL love. I HATE NOT MY COUNTRY, ONLY THE CORRUPT MEN IN CHARGE OF IT. THE TREE OF LIBERTY IS THIRSTY AND SOON IT’S THIRST SHALL BE QUENCHED.

  • STEVEN HOLCOM

    A free country requires free people, if we allow them to tred upon our backs and treat us however they choose then soon there will be no free people and America will no longer be a free country. CHAINED BY THE LIES I CHOOSE TO HEAR, FOREVER NOW I LIE IN FEAR, HOPING AND WAITING FOR THE LIGHT, BUT FOREVER DOOMED I AM MY OWN BLIGHT. to do nothing is worse than being the enemy

  • Kris

    I agree with their statement about the MPAA and RIAA. I agree that artists are oftentimes left poorer and I agree that the old timers don’t want to come into the new ways of distribution.

    I do not agree however with “demands” and the levying of threats if those demands aren’t met. That’s exactly what terrorism is and I don’t support that at all.

    I agree but really, there’s no way I can support Anonymous in this or any other battle until they stop being cowardly terrorists and own their beliefs like men.

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

      can you say indefinite detention without trial or charge?

    • Instantaneous

      So you want Anonymous to cease to exist. You realize what Anonymous means…

      Better question, what’s better? Fighting a fight where you charge in bullheaded, or fighting one where you PLAN FIRST, and THEN ACT? People like you need to think more and charge in less.

    • http://speakingcode.com rootlicker

      unfortunately, in our modern world, the word terrorist is thrown around like mardi gras beads. with legislation like the patriot act, this puts a lot of good-intended citizens in an awkward and uncomfortable place (gauntanimo bay, for instance).
      please recognize that Anonymous has not caused any physical harm to anyone, whereas their targets typically have played a role in causing physical harm to others, either by imprisonment, warfare, or economic displacement.
      owning up to your beliefs like men, I agree with and I like that statement. Quite profound… but as mentioned, we DO live in a time when censorship and suppression is real and happening. some must use strategy and anonymity in the digital war.
      if making demands and following through with action if they are not met is terrorism, then our country was founded by a group of terrorists, as if I’m not mistaken, The Declaration of Independence which made demands of rights and freedoms for American colonists to the British Crown, was followed through with violent scrimmages, ambushes, attacks and ultimately the Revolutionary War, when said demands were not met.
      Terrorism is an interesting concept, but I would stand to say that anything that falls short of physically harming another is not terrorism. All war, unfortunately, has casualties – terrorism usually refers, in my perception, to those who intentionally attack the innocent bystanders with violence.

  • http://case42.com David McClave

    As a published author, musician and filmmaker, I agree with copyright laws, but they’re not intended to make the ultra rich richer and to keep creatives in bondage; copyright laws are intended to protect the rights of those creative individuals. When entertainment and media corporations abuse these laws to ensure their outdated business models can stay in place, we’re all at risk of becoming exactly the type of country we’ve sent so many soldiers into to fight, (not that that was ever a good idea).

    The bottom line is that entertainment and media business models MUST change with the change in technology, and arresting 12 year-olds and grandmas, shutting down websites and censoring home-made videos is NOT the way to do it. ANY support of SOPA and PIPA is, at this point, only a desperate attempt to keep an old, outdated system of control and power in place.

    • NyaemalHrruna

      Thank you! Well stated!

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  • http://treeofknowledge.com Bob Mutascio

    It’s all about control. Big business wants to own everything, and doesn’t care about trampling on people’s rights to get it, suing people into bankruptcy for minor infringements, and controlling what people can see and do.

    I support Anonymous in their fight for People’s Rights vs corporate greed. It looks like they’ve watched the movie “Sneakers” and stopped the silly pranks to become a force for equal justice (no longer available under the law) for individuals, not corporations.

  • Steve Kinney

    The Internet is angry at SOPA and Anonymous is at, or at least near, the front of it all.

    Well maybe not. Nobody waving the ‘anonymous’ banner had anything to do with the educating the public on the new Internet censorship laws, or with organizing the blackout day. EFF seems to have taken the point on this one.

    Lest we forget, anonymous is not a group. Anonymous is a mask any person or group of people can pick up and use at any time and for any purpose. The tone and content of the post cited above sounds like this “anon” could be an IP attorney: One with a nasty streak of honesty who knows he will lose his day job, and probably his career, if he tells the truth as he sees it openly in public.

    Do you agree with Anonymous’ claim of a digital age of free copies?

    I would call it a self evident historical fact, if by “free” you mean a few cents per megabyte. Trying to use State police powers to preserve technologically obsolete industries and markets will not end well.

    A big one that most would not agree with is their demand that ISPs stop interfering with file sharing via BitTorrent or any other protocol.

    Everyone I know agrees that ISPs have no business filtering users’ traffic. When I need to download a Linux ISO file, I use Bit Torrent because it is the right tool for that job. Any ISP who blocks a common and useful protocol like Bit Torrent will soon be an ISP I no longer do business with.

    For me, this is an inflexible demand – maliciously interfere with my workday traffic and I will 1) find and publicize a work-around, 2) take my business elsewhere, and 3) start or participate in a propaganda campaign designed to cost the offender as much reputation and money as possible.

  • http://beingherd.com Teri J. Dluznieski M.Ed.

    regarding period of term for ownership and copyright rights. I think if someone owns something privately and independently, like an independent author, or musician- rights should be in perpetuity, in some way. I wrote a book. or a song, it should continue to belong to me. Corporate rights- should not be in perpetuity, as corporations do not die. Corporations should not be people- because they do not die… but that is another argument;)

    • Steve Kinney

      I’m afraid there is no such thing as “intellectual property.” A copyright is a temporary abridgment of the public’s right to copy and re-use information, granting the creator a temporary monopoly. This temporary monopoly is granted “to encourage progress in the useful arts and sciences.”

      A huge amount of propaganda to the effect the “copying is stealing” has been pouring out of the media industries ever since the public got access to cheap tape recorders and started plugging them into their radios. But by its very nature, information can not be “owned” unless kept secret.

  • http://ripsychotherapy.com Mike A.

    I applaud Anonymous’ efforts. I’m not saying that I am in complete agreement with them line by line. But I don’t hear any other cogently argued line of opposition to SOPA and PIPA. At the very least, it is a good place to start open dialogue on these matters among the broader populace.

  • shelly liebowitz

    They are not activists they just want creative arts without paying for them. Artists have the right to have their works protected and be paid for what they create. The Digital Age does not mean the Free Age. Copyrights benefit the artist. The only thing i read here is that these people want illegal file sharing and piracy to be legal,they do’t want to pay for songs and they have no respect for artists or they would understand that the artistic works should be paid for, left intact and respected. Would they be ok with someone going into a museum and painting on the works of the masters. Sorry but I disagree completely with these people aside from wanting judges to be educated about the new technologies and the digital age.

    • kristen

      blah blah blah
      you have no idea what you’re talking about, honey.

  • Anon

    Anonymous is a joke meme. C’mon, everyone knows that right? It’s just an umbrella anyone can stand under and make proclamations. The suggestion that it has an official anything goes against it’s very nature methinks….

    There is no Anonymous
    We are all Anonymous

  • chase

    I’m on the fence about alot of this…

    they make some valid points and some pretty far out ones, but… I view them with some understanding.

    The web is virtual – I think we can all agree on this.

    perhaps now that we screwed it all up – which is where it is heading with all the censorship and this country wants this and Anoymous wants that.
    Everyone wants something of the web with little or no consideration for anyone else.

    Viruses run rampit though supposedly you can’d upload one to a server – they are protected.

    It going to come to a point where either the walls go up or we just say “Frack it”
    It’s virtual – a perceived reality not reality

    and just wipe the frackin drive and reload

  • http://www.slideshowmedia.net Xavier Martinez

    If I’m not wrong the “SOUP”, start to hurt, the web, megaupload is DOWN, repeat MEGAUPLOAD IS DOWN, may day, may day!!!! Who next????

  • the truth

    heres my point of veiw of what will happen:
    money will be lost, taxses will rise to the cost of this, the internet provides mass amounts of jobs, and the goverment allrdy screwed the reality jobs with the tazxses, and there way of increesing their welth, if they pass this there AGAIN screwinup the econemy, this in my veiw is the start of the ending, it wont end good.lots of popular websites will crash and go out, and then LOTS OF JOBS WILL BE LOST. FOR WHAT? A BAND OR A COMPANY THATS WEALTHY FOR MORE THINGS JUST A THEW SONGS? AND YOU Know how they got this”smart”idea msn. with your dumb post about the pirated movies. way too go msn ur post or “news” is going to destroy your own wealth,. again so the companys are wealty for other things then just a tehw million movies, it wont effect them why is is this so important to the goverment, are they asking for some one to hack them? they are going to cost us all millions take away our free dome tax us more destroy the econemy ruin jobs ruin companys and im so sick of them saying pirating is huge. its not. the rich will still have their money. isnt there MORE BLOODY IMPORTANT THINGS THEN SOME ONE DOWNLOADING A SONG OR A MOVIE FOR FREE? MABY TRY FOCUSING ON THE IRAQ’S NUCLEAR BOMBS?, MABY FOCUS ON THE DUMB IDEA OF RUSHING INTO THIS MAJOR CHANGE THAT WILL RUIN THE US AND ITS RIGHTS FOR EVER.

  • http://www.spyimplants.webs.com don muntean

    Overreaching censorship is bad for democracy as is overreaching activism…the public are like some ants trapped in the center of a log which is burning – at both ends.

  • Gavin

    If artists strike deals with companies to represent and market them, then they have to abide by their contract deals. However, if they don’t want to fall under the “mantle of oppression”, then it behooves them to record and or sell their art themselves, and not be paid upfront and not be represented. You can’t have it both ways.

  • http://www.xybears.com Brian

    I guess I am a little confused by Anonymous’ goals and purpose. On one hand, they seem to be championing the rights of independent content creators basically being ROBBED by Hollywood and Big Music Labels. I can agree with that.

    What I’m perplexed by is their demand for the dismantling of the Patent office, and by extension, presumably, the U.S. Copyright Office.

    So if I understand this correctly, according to Anonymous, they want us to go back to this concept of a tiny government that’s too small to serve its population of 300 million? If you remove the ability of the Patent Office and the Copyright Office to enforce copyright and patent law, what’s the purpose of having patents and copyrights in the first place? What incentive is there for me to create or invent something new, if Anonymous also wants to protect the right of a patent thief or copyright infringer to RIP ME OFF?

    I’m all for seeing content creators start getting adequately compensated for their work (and the content creator should REMAIN the OWNER of their created works), but for crying out loud, you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!

    Maybe Anonymous needs to have a little confab, powwow, or some kind of get together and decide who’s side their on. Because this idea of completely dismantling government agencies instead of reworking them, leaves content creators with ZERO protection to innovate.

    Copyrights reduced to two to five years? OMG. Do these people understand how long it takes to create and market some of this stuff? I’ve been working on my story for THREE YEARS and have only just now been able to offer half of it for sale.

    A two to five year copyright would likely RUIN or at least permanently discourage content creators from creating new content.

    Has Anonymous ever actually CREATED anything? Do they have any idea how much work it is to create good content?

    Anonymous is looking more and more like a pro-piracy gang than anything that truly represents ME as a content creator.

  • http://www.jacek.ta.pl Mielno

    Never before, and nobody did to silence those who wish to say something. For this among other things, is democracy. This time, also in August it will not work. I am with you and good luck – we will not give in August and other politicians who want to restrict our freedom. in Poland is with you.

    • http://www.jacek.ta.pl Mielno

      Never before, and nobody did to silence those who wish to say something. For this among other things, is democracy. This time, also in August it will not work. I am with you and good luck – we will not give in August and other politicians who want to restrict our freedom. Mielno in Poland is with you!

  • http://www.thespiritofprophecy.ca/ Daniel Knezacek

    There has to be provision for fair use of any copyrighted material, even if it is detrimental to the copyright holder. For instance, if I object to the lyrics of a song, I should be allowed to post them and explain my objection without having to worry about a lawsuit, or having my blog shut down.

    At the same time there should be protection for artists. Making a portion of a movie available with comments, is not the same as making the whole movie available for entertainment.

  • http://www.ebizroi.com/ Rick Noel

    The SOPA Anon demands will be hotly debated by many in the entertainment and online industries. Piracy is complex issue, both legally and technically, but finding a solution requires education for the solution architects (i.e. congress) then public education. Steeling content sucks for the one who gets ripped off, no doubt. The key is to understand the issues, the technologies, implementation and downstream impacts to legislation before pushing it through congress like a thief in the night. It is concerning how little coverage traditional media has given SOPA/PIPA, but understanding the traditional media stake is important as is full transparency, especially on an issue that touches tens of hundreds of millions US Internet users, who will likely not “take to kindly” to having their free, uncensored access to online information shut off in the name of protecting special interests. Not this way.

  • Greg

    Regardless of their demands the point is that control of .com etc should be removed from the US completely – all trust is broken – no one can ever trust them again.
    A system should be set up so that no one country can do this ever again.

  • aikanae

    Anonymous has the issues nailed.

    The organization is good at raising awareness to issues that slipped by my attention. I hesitate with some of their actions – yet, in a world that’s reluctant (or outright resists) hearing what the majority has to say … their actions seem to fit.

    How long has this debate over piracy been going on? And content providers still can’t figure out how to work with digital files. So now they want to legislate their content into existence. That’s not capitalism. I can’t easily see media corporations using this to end competition.

    Whatever happened to our right of civil disobedence? That’s how I view file sharing when people have the money for $300-$600 mp3 players and phones. It’s not the money, it’s the content that SUKS!

  • coyotech

    I think anonymous is doing a good thing here. I’m not behind the occupy movement and some things I’ve heard of that they do (hadn’t heard about the child porn ring), but I definitely call this a good thing. It makes me wish I knew how to hack.

  • Rick Berger

    The recording companies and broadcast industries seem to have forgotten that it was technology that their businesses were built on.

    Technology being the fluent thing that it is, they would be better served adapting to changes than trying to freeze them in Luddite desperation.

    As was observed in the auto industry – “When the EPA handed down emission restrictions, the US automotive industry hired lawyers. The Japanese auto industry hired engineers.”

    Given the outcome for the US auto industry, the recording and broadcast industries might take heed.

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