SOPA rises from the grave once more

Remember when the Internet thought it had killed SOPA, and we all breathed a collective sigh of relief? Load up and get ready to face the most controversial Internet bill in recent memory for a second time in under a year now, if Lamar Smith gets things going his way. Smith is trying to revive pieces of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, slipping them in for consideration again. At the moment, he's trying to push the Intellectual Property Attaché Act, which was in the original SOPA bill, just not heavily publicized.

The new act - let's call it IPAA - calls for the creation of a global intellectual property task force. In other words, a force of people committed to stopping crime, except not superheroes and not nearly as awesome. What's to stop them using SOPA's own views on piracy? SOPA was very much biased towards the anti-piracy measures. Hollywood already seems to have a task force dedicated to investigating people, but the more the merrier.

If IPAA gets in, it would expand the Commerce Department's role to policing piracy globally. Countries with a long history of piracy, such as China, are going to be tough nuts for this group to crack if they're allowed to be formed. Anyway, the World Trade Organization has the jurisdiction to deal with things like that.

Lamar Smith is a name you've definitely seen before. He's the golden boy of the Hollywood executives. Possibly the best known example of Smith's contribution to technology, apart from SOPA, is the expansion of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's powers. He condones bypassing copy protections, and allowing federal police more wiretapping / enforcement powers.

Smith doesn't have any outside bias, though. The Content Industry is his number one campaign contributor. His campaign received $133,000 from content creators during 2011. For that money they could probably turn Smith into a sock puppet and ensure his agreement with their ideas.

If IPAA gets through then Smith will only continue to revive pieces of SOPA. We can only hope the bill will be crushed under popular opinion, as SOPA originally was. Piracy is a topic guaranteed to get some people riled up, but there are some examples of when piracy can be beneficial. Just don't let Smith hear that or he'll be trying to push a bill against opinions online. Massive amounts of public attention was drawn to SOPA through sites performing one-day blackouts, and opinions towards it soured almost immediately. Now we're back at square one, fighting it piece by piece.

Source: TechCrunch

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For some reason I hope this passes. It just gives those who support open/uncensored internet more creative ideas to get around the law like with most of current laws in effect for the WWW. There is no shortage of those with too much time on their hands.

This dude needs to stop before he ****es the wrong person off, and they remove him from the equation permanently. This is getting stupid, and all he is doing is trying to line his pockets more. This will get shot down also.

"He's trying to push the Intellectual Property Attaché Act, which was in the original SOPA bill, just not heavily publicized."

It's our job to publicize these bills which are detrimental to our society.

superconductive said,
"He's trying to push the Intellectual Property Attaché Act, which was in the original SOPA bill, just not heavily publicized."

It's our job to publicize these bills which are detrimental to our society.

here here I agree

Don't worry, as legislation moves forward in the US, we'll hopefully have some legislation signed into law which lowers or prevents the lobbying power corporations have on congress.

Course, that doesn't stop personal bribery which no party has to report publicly.

Dear Hollywood,

Please die. All of you. Your wannabe laws are just as bad as your movies.

Thank you,
The American People (the smart ones)

yeah sure.. making a law will stop crime LOL

anti-piracy supporters can do anything they want it makes no difference period.
It's about as futile as developers trying to use copy protection schemes.
weather you like it or not facts are facts and the fact is piracy WILL NOT be stopped.
picking a battle with millions of lawless people willing to do anything is not smart..

Couldn't care less what laws are passed I am and always will be bad and steal
don't like me ? see if I care LOL
See the spinning pentagram ? It's there for a reason

Which is why we can never give up. It might be a life long battle but it will be worth it. And we will all get to know our government representatives. In the long term this could be the best thing that's happened to democracy, people are getting involved and if you don't like your representative then you can vote there ass out. Lamar Smith is in real danger of being voted out next time if he keeps on with this. Maybe the internet needs a global fund that people can chip in a dollar to fund counter signage and the recording industry bull.

SOPA was bad, Now prepare to face ZOMBIE SOPA

Only way to stop it is to shoot it in the brain, unfortunately it has no brain as if it did it would just stay dead

Jarrichvdv said,
It's getting BOOORING.

True as that may be, we're going to have to keep fighting to keep the internet open and uncensored. If we don't, they've already won.

the World Trade Organization has the jurisdiction to deal with things like that.

It is in its scope but not its jurisdiction.

Campaign financing should be banned altogether. Individuals should be elected based solely on their positions and should have to argue on the merits of legislation they produce, not how much money they can get behind it.

That's idealism though...