Obama And ISP’s To Launch Largest Digital Spying Scheme In History (Must Read)
If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you.
Specifically, they’re coming for you on Thursday, July 12.
That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.
Word of the start date has been largely kept secret since ISPs announced their plans last June. The deal was brokered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and coordinated by the Obama Administration. The same groups have weighed in heavily on controversial Internet policies around the world, with similar facilitation by the Obama’s Administration’s State Department.
The July 12 date was revealed by the RIAA’s CEO and top lobbyist, Cary Sherman, during a publishers’ conference on Wednesday in New York, according to technology publication CNet.
The content industries calls this scheme a “graduated response” plan, which will see
-Time Warner Cable
and others spying on users’ Internet activities and watching for potential copyright infringement. Users who are “caught” infringing on a creator’s protected work can then be interrupted with a notice that piracy is forbidden by law and carries penalties of up to $150,000 per infringement, requiring the user to click through saying they understand the consequences before bandwidth is restored, and they could still be subject to copyright infringement lawsuits.
Response: This is much worse than SOPA/PIPA and ACTA. It doesn’t necessarily censor the internet but it spys on everything you do. Your ENTIRE web history will be watched and recorded and might even assist the government. This was coordinated by Obama and his administration with the help of the MPAA and RIAA.
What is so dangerous about this is that this is not a law it is a policy adopted by several companies. That means this will not be debated in Congress and you will agree to be spied on by signing a contract with the company.
Internet censorship is becoming a reality and know the corporate elite will legally be able to spy on you. If we spread this and cause an uproar like what we did with SOPA, maybe they will back down. Either way people NEED to know about this.
fuckin’ a does this shit ever end
and they mostly talk about the things they won’t be able to watch or listen to, but it’s much more serious than that.
- You will be punished for any copyrighted you share, even if it’s accidental (That means that all of those recording artist that got started by singing covers on youtube would have been in violation, Beiber. If you post a video of anything and there’s a popular song in the background, censored. )
- Fortune 500 companies, Big Pharma, and Hollywood would have the power to demand small start-up companies online be shut down or fined into oblivion if they feel that they’re not doing their censoring correctly.
- Sites will be held responsible, or even shutdown, for anything that any user posts.
- With ACTA, governments will have the power to monitor you and your family’s actions through your internet provider to make sure that you’re not violating copyrights.
These things are serious and they’re being kept quiet and voted on today. SOPA/PIPA may only effect US companies, but ACTA will effect 39 countries. ACTA is scary. Take action and stay informed.
You know those Parental Advisory stickers on CDs? Does an actual human person listen to each and every record to decide which ones are so labelled? Or do they just get a .doc of the lyrics and do CTRL+F “fuck?” If so, what happens with lyrics such as:I wanna put my wing-wang
In your hoo-ha
And go bang-bang
Til ya say ooh yah
? Would that even get a parental advisory? The individual words are baby-talk, but the concept they express is our cultural definition of obscenity (which is to say, two consenting adults having a good time).
If the censors HAVE to listen to catch this kind of shit, do they then develop critical opinions about Snoop Dogg versus P Diddy? A creeping fondness for death metal? Do the ones charged with listening to Ke$ha ever puncture their own eardrums with a set of mall food court chopsticks to end the pain?
This is the kind of stuff I think about while mopping.
I like to pretend it’s all Tipper Gore. Listening to every song ever. Pushing a button for “okay” and another for “NOT IN MY COUNTRY”.
Remember when “explicit lyrics” referred to stuff like 2Live Crew and “Me So Horny”? I think it was originally just profanity that raised the red flag, but now it seems like damn near anything gets a parental advisory sticker.
Nikki Sixx basically summed up my thoughts when he said that the explicit content thing helped him sell more CDs because kids saw the parental advisory as a quality mark. not so true today, but i mean when the labeling of “explicit” stuff came into effect in the 80s, one of the first albums that they called on was Shout as the Devil. motley got called into court for it as i recall.