Archive for the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ tag
The Podfather Has Spoken!
Yesterday, websites around the world went dark to protest the SOPA act which is geared to stop online piracy by killing DNS routing. There is actually a triumvirate of legislative acts: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) introduced by Darrel Issa (R).
Issa will have a hearing today to address DNS concerns. Domain Name Services are what get your website name (domain) to translate into an IP address, and without them a website is dead in the water to anyone that doesn’t know your website’s IP address.
Adam Curry diligently exposed what is really underlying all the bills that the tech media has missed. All of the bills refer to the Lanham Act which already exists, it isn’t anything new under the sun.
Curry concludes that OPEN is the most fair to all parties as it requires the accuser to post a bond before an investigation takes place to combat frivolous threats.
This led Mr. Curry to actual domain name registration verification. Many internet savvy people and geeks worldwide are aware that the “whois” lookup of a website will reveal who registered the website with their name, address and phone number and some can be purchased by proxy services at higher fees for privacy.
The internet standards bureau known as ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is now taking submissions for new top level domains like .cool .ufo .shill .drone which you can use to register a new domain but the requirements have now changed.
Now a new domain name must have identity verification even if it is international. So a new website like dontdroneme.bro will have to have a verified government identification before you are allowed to register it.
Consequently when SOPA, PIPA, or OPEN becomes law you will be “hunted down” and found no matter where you live even if it is out of the country.
Curry concludes on his blog:
Until then, feel free to make your google+ facebook and twitter icons all black, as your faux protest is futile. The real change, that of your privacy online, is being made in plain sight by former Director of the National Cyber Security Center of the Department of Homeland Security Rod Beckstrom, current CEO of ICANN. Shill anyone?
SOPA is a Red Herring
As usual, the bought and paid for self-fulfilling tech press is missing the elephant in the room.
The blogosphere discussion surrounding a self-imposed ‘blackout’ of “key” websites and services that we apparently can’t live without, is scheduled for this wednesday. All in protest of proposed legislation in the house and senate.
I submit this is a big fat red herring.
First some background:
Amid significant pressure from tens of thousands of internet users and major web behemoths like Google, Facebook, and Reddit, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is, in its current form, Dead on Arrival:
Misguided efforts to combat online privacy have been threatening to stifle innovation, suppress free speech, and even, in some cases, undermine national security. As of yesterday, though, there’s a lot less to worry about.
The first sign that the bills’ prospects were dwindling came Friday, when SOPA sponsors agreed to drop a key provision that would have required service providers to block access to international sites accused of piracy.
The legislation ran into an even more significant problem yesterday when the White House announced its opposition to the bills. Though the administration’s chief technology officials officials acknowledged the problem of online privacy, the White House statement presented a fairly detailed critique of the measures and concluded, “We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.” It added that any proposed legislation “must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet.”
Though the administration did issue a formal veto threat, the White House’s opposition signaled the end of these bills, at least in their current form.
A few hours later, Congress shelved SOPA, putting off action on the bill indefinitely.