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The Internet Is On Strike: No to SOPA and PIPA

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The Internet Is On Strike: No to SOPA and PIPA

Today, the Internet goes on strike: http://sopastrike.com/strike/

If you're in the US you've probably heard about this and so far Wordpress.org and Wikipedia are "blacked-out" in protest to SOPA and PIPA. You can watch this video on Protect IP for more information. The gist of it is that the US Govt along with entertainment companies like music labels, broadcast station, etc. will have the right to ban and sue any website that promotes illegal download of music, movies and videos. This also includes uploading copyrighted content.

I don't see this having any direct impact on affiliate marketing. As an above average internet user, I can see how this will affect the flow of information online and how it will make the internet less fun. Is it goodbye YouTube, Hulu and SideReel?

I'm interested to know what you think.
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The way that this has a direct impact on affiliate marketing and basically anyone online is that once this passes, you have given a government the right to ban anything that they or the corporate interests controlling them deem as not in their best interest. Government censorship is a great way to take away freedom in every sense of the concept.
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Actually, the way the law reads, " any site that could potentially have pirated information shared" would be in violation. If you have any form of user generated content (like your forum here or comments on your blog) and you do not preaprove ALL content prior to posting it to your site, you are in violation of this law and could be shut down.

If you quote something out of a copywrited book (which many of us do in our articles) and don't properly credit the source, you are in violation of this law.

Also, the way the law reads, they can shut down web hosts who have pirated content on their servers, so if you are using shared hosting, and someone else on your server is in violation, it can affect your sites.

Also, it is set up to where you don't even have to be notified of a violation, and given a chance to fix it. They don't have to notify you of action against your website until AFTER you have already been convicted of a felony offense, and if you don't show up to defend yourself (even though you haven't been notified is not a valid excuse for not showing up) they can take your website away from you and give it to the complaining party.

The entire law is a violation of our constitution, and the President has already said he will veto the bill if it passes congress.
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I think it about time that these large law firms and corporations just accepted that a part of their business will be lost to copyright, all these extreme laws in this case particular will only create an even stronger opposing force, its just the balance of life.

They have spent so much time and energy on trying to stop copyrighters, but it has always failed, this is money lost which could have been invested in future investments rather than lost ones, which is what they call it, I dont see Adobe going bankrupt anytime soon.

This link on their own site proves that they are misinformed about their judgments
http://www.riaa.com/newsitem.php?conten ... 77D664F62C

Plus, if your going to support such laws, dont be a lying hypocrit!
http://t.co/dYgfGY4L

I totally agree that they need to lock down the P2P sharing of music and films, at a $1 each for songs these days, I think its totally disrespectful to creativity not to support the artists.

They always need to try and take things to the next level, the millions and billions spent each year on useless things like this could have been used to put more people in homes. Instead of blaming the internet for all their disasters, they only have themselves to blame.
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Your comments provided much insight on this topic. Thanks! :)

I hope that President Obama would veto the bill as he promised because once the US does this, the rest of the world will follow. I am not an advocate of piracy but I believe there are other, more effective ways in putting a stop to it. Shutting down P2P sites is one, another is to track down sites that offer downloadable movies. I know of one US site that does this and the FBI shut them down (it said so on their homepage when I tried to access it and now that site is completely gone). This was some time last year. They only need to Google such sites and they will know which ones to target.

Thanks for that link gemini3rdeye: http://t.co/dYgfGY4L
It's interesting to know that the same people who wrote SOPA are doing the exact opposite of what they're lobbying for.

Have a good day!
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Cecile,

I have lost hope with Obama, it seems that he is merely a front man on stage for the bankers, alot of stuff he promised still has not been put into force, but I dont want to get to political here as I know it is a sensitive subject.

Yes I agree too, there are much better ways to try and rid of copyright issues, funny enough I stumbled into this comedians website https://buy.louisck.net/news he made $1,000,000 in 12 days and gave half to charity. He wanted to see if people would still buy his DVD if there was no copyright and you could do whatever you liked with the DVD, It is a really interesting read and again proves that if you are loved by the people you are loved, people will still buy your stuff.

It seems the only thing big powers like this fear, are a fearless people.

I one day hope to see this become the way of the future, I would love to see creative types take this option.

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Thank you for the information. I am in agreement with you.
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