YouSpeak: Combating Piracy on the Internet

Two Congressional bills designed to curb pirated content on the internet were stopped dead in their [...]tracks earlier this month after a massive protest by Wikipedia and other websites persuaded lawmakers to take a closer look at the legislation.

This week’s “YouSpeak” asks, “Should the government regulate the internet?”

Read the full story on BU Today: http://www.bu.edu/today/2012/youspeak-combating-piracy-on-the-internet/

Tags: politics, internet, piracy, web, sopa, pipa

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Posted by kpell (0)

While I do not agree with the SOPA or PIPA legislation and it shouldn't have passed, there has to be a medium between the type of internet we have now and the way the internet would have been run with those bills in place. While the government needs to be able to monitor and control the piracy issue, they do not need all of the power they were trying to give themselves with this bill. There have been so many instances in history where a government passes some law that ends up putting a strangle hold on its people and their very way of life. If they reformed the bill to a more suitable and transparent way as to how they will be attacking the issue of piracy, which is just online theft from bigger industries, then many people should be more accepting of it . Many people feel like the ability to obtain free music or movies without justified citation or payment in some form is allowed because it is available on the internet. However, these actions are no different than stealing a DVD/bluray or cd from a store. So, I do agree that the government has to do something to monitor this, but not give them free reign on a public resourse to monitor anything they do not personally want to be seen in the public eye.
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Posted by sodroski (0)

The statement above is factually incorrect in that is is completely possible to give users free music while still gaining artists an extreme profit. This idea was pioneered by megaupload with their beta of megabox; artists received 80 percent profit from ads when a user downloaded their song. This worked out to be more than they would make if they were to go through a record label. Hence, the mpaa and riaa had megaupload shutdown even though there is so piracy advocated on the site (which complies with take down notices as well.). It's about money, and these industries want complete control. They shutdown megaupload because they found a way to cut the riaa out and get the artists more If megaupload gets shut down for unsupported allegations, what's next? YouTu
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Posted by sodroski (0)

Above comment wa a mistake.

The statement above is factually incorrect in that is is completely possible to give users free music while still gaining artists an extreme profit. This idea was pioneered by megaupload with their beta of megabox; artists received 80 percent profit from ads when a user downloaded their song. This worked out to be more than they would make if they were to go through a record label. Hence, the mpaa and riaa had megaupload shutdown even though there is so piracy advocated on the site (which complies with take down notices as well.). It's about money, and these industries want complete control. They shutdown megaupload because they found a way to cut the riaa out and get the artists more profit then they're currently getting with big business. Lookat netflix; all the large companies who manage tv and movies(there's only about 6-9 parent companies) changed their release specifications because Netflix was hurting their business. The piracy debate is not about the artists, it's about the greed of the companies that run the us. Giving them complete control of the Internet(They helped write Sopa and pipa) is irresponsible. Not only will our Internet be censored, but it won't stop piracy. Torrents, the number one piracy p2p protocol has already been rewritten to not require central trackers (essentially a server that manages peers sharing a file) so that the only way to stop them is to shut down the entire Internet. To shut down all the servers in the us would stop the Internet for the entire world (60 percent of the servers are in the us) and the us wants the power to do that. It's public knowledge that congress is trying to get a bill passed that allows the us to seize control of private severs that are vital to the webs entire infrastructure. That's too much power for one nation, and why should the us have that kind of leverage over he world? It's corrupt and sickening. Two days ago the house signed a bill to allow 30000 unmanned aircraft to monitor us citizens nonstop by 2015. Theres no freedom anymore, and the internet is the last thing not owned by buerocrats, piliticians and coorperations.

Welcome to the police state. This must stop. Get informed.
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Posted by sodroski (0)

Case in point: http://torrentfreak.com/download-a-copy-of-the-pirate-bay-its-only-90-mb-120209/

Just released today. Only way to stop magnet links is to shut down the Internet.
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Posted by jlambe (0)

http://youtu.be/yHL912jlyE0

The corporate interests pushing SOPA and PIPA are the same corporations that distributed piracy software for illegitimate use. They are trying to "buy" the internet with outragous claims of copyright infringement dispite the fact that the the entire entertainment industry does not contribute even 1/10th as much to the US economy as the internet and the information industry does. This legislation would censor our internet in the same manor as the People's Republic of China or Iran.
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