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Many people opposed to the bill agree in principle with its aims: Illegal music piracy is, well, illegal, and should be stopped. Musicians, artists and content creators should be compensated for their work. But the law’s critics do not believe that giving the federal government the right to shut down websites at will based upon a vague and arbitrary standard of evidence, even if no law-breaking has been proved, is a particularly good idea. COICA must still be approved by the full House and Senate before becoming law. A vote is unlikely before the new year.

Among the sites that could go dark if the law passes: Dropbox, RapidShare, SoundCloud, Hype Machine and any other site for which the Attorney General deems copyright infringement to be “central to the activity” of the site, according to Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group that opposes the bill. There need not even be illegal content on a site — links alone will qualify a site for digital death. Websites at risk could also theoretically include p2pnet and pirate-party.us or any other website that advocates for peer-to-peer file sharing or rejects copyright law, according to the group.

In short, COICA would allow the federal government to censor the internet without due process.

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Sources: FCC chief to move on net neutrality proposal

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is putting together a net neutrality proposal and plans to take action on the controversial issue as early as next month, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation.

Details of the proposal being developed by Genachowski’s office are unclear, but sources say it could be similar to the deal stakeholders tried to reach with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) earlier this fall.

The long-running net neutrality debate centers around rules that would require Internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally. Internet companies like Google and Skype want net neutrality rules applied to both wireline and wireless networks, but network operators including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast say they need flexibility to manage web traffic on their lines.

President Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to implement net neutrality rules. Genachowski’s plans to carry out that promise were hampered when a federal court ruled the FCC did not have legal authority to adopt the regulations.

Internet and telecom companies have been in trying to reach a compromise on the hot-button issue, first at the FCC over the summer and most recently with Congress. Under the arrangement shepherded b y Waxman, wireline networks would have been subject to net neutrality rules, meaning the biggest telecom companies would not be able to discriminate against any web traffic or content on their traditional wireline networks.

Wireless networks, however, would not have been subject to all of those non-discrimination requirements. The major telecom and Internet stakeholders, as well as several public interest groups, signed onto the deal, but Republicans on Capitol Hill refused to support the draft proposal, especially so close to the mid-term elections.

It now appears Genachowski, after receiving significant pressure from net neutrality advocates and public interest groups to take action after congressional efforts failed, is picking up where Waxman left off.

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There goes the 1st Ammendment...
These azzhats have to be stopped.

The country is falling apart economically, jobs-wise, security-wise. They have other things to do, NOW.
 

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I am against the web censorship bill. There are already legal avenues that can be pursued against those illegaly sharing copyrighted content on the internet. That should be enough. I'm on the fence on net neutrality. While I don't want internet companies picking and choosing internet content, they need some flexibility to manage their bandwidth. As more and more high bandwidth content hits the internet, they are going to have a hard time keeping up with it. I would like to see more pros and cons.
 

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There goes the 1st Ammendment...
These azzhats have to be stopped.

The country is falling apart economically, jobs-wise, security-wise. They have other things to do, NOW.
:laughing: Just wait until you read the new Farm Bill.. :lookinup:
 

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Take into consideration that the telecom companies that are pushing for this also have some of the best lobbyist in Washington on their payroll, and make big contributions to politicians. Whether its fair or not has nothing to do with whether or not it gets passed. Most times, what big business wants, big business gets.
 

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Take into consideration that the telecom companies that are pushing for this also have some of the best lobbyist in Washington on their payroll, and make big contributions to politicians. Whether its fair or not has nothing to do with whether or not it gets passed. Most times, what big business wants, big business gets.
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Another big reason for congressional term limits.
 

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There goes the 1st Ammendment...
These azzhats have to be stopped.

The country is falling apart economically, jobs-wise, security-wise. They have other things to do, NOW.
Yeah if they believe in Patents so much then why are they giving all ours to the Asians abroad :crazy:

Maybe because it favors the NYSE

Screw the Business man working to scrap out a living, Paying Astro taxes, and having served our country in war

This country is heading toward socialism

Just watch:nuts:

Don't buy the 2 party scam

It only serves them to point the finger at eachother,

It's all in place to distract your minds and keep you on the merry-go-round

The fact is they have allowed the banking system to Fleece the American public and they sat there and watched it all happen,

WHO WENT TO PRISON FOR THAT ?

No one thats who

No one, and they knew they were doing wrong,

We need a "Black MArket" in the United States to protect us from the government


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I'll admit I didn't read this whole thing because it's just to darn long but will I still be able to see porn on the web if this thing passes?
 

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Take into consideration that the telecom companies that are pushing for this also have some of the best lobbyist in Washington on their payroll, and make big contributions to politicians. Whether its fair or not has nothing to do with whether or not it gets passed. Most times, what big business wants, big business gets.
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and it will only get worse
 

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I'll admit I didn't read this whole thing because it's just to darn long but will I still be able to see porn on the web if this thing passes?
Only small breasted girls. Not enough bandwidth for the big boobs. :laughing:
 

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I'll admit I didn't read this whole thing because it's just to darn long but will I still be able to see porn on the web if this thing passes?
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