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  1. Lincoln
    January 18, 2012

    SOPA in a way, is a tool to stop bullshit, like pedophile to cut down on piracy and stop cyberbullying.
    Somebody ´s got to stop thousands of children being hurt by pedophile.

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    • catarinaalexon
      January 18, 2012

      Lincoln, pedophiles and piracy definitely have to be stopped online. But we don't need Chinese style censorship.

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    • catarinaalexon
      January 18, 2012

      Glad you do Michael.

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  2. Michel
    January 18, 2012

    Like anything else, in order to eliminate chaos you have to take care of the extremes. Internet is equivalent to what was experienced by primates 500 million years ago.

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    • catarinaalexon
      January 18, 2012

      Good point Michel. But rooting out pirates and pedophiles is different from imposing Chinese style censorship online:-)

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  3. Slim
    January 18, 2012

    Indeed. However, lacking sufficient sensitivity, I see the irony.

    The efforts to repulse Government intrusion have been made with a celerity that is non-nonpareil. However, when others intrude, the same people seek the Governments intervention to protect them.

    I'm stubborn. George Washington was tenacious.

    One person's intrusion, is another persons intervention.

    Yet, few have followed the path of the trajectory. (Even anarchists don't like anarchists.) However, the internet is a digital Woodstock. Do your own thing. [Anyone read Animal Farm by Orwell. Remember Napoleon the pig adopting the orphaned puppies?]

    Regards,

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  4. Susan Oakes
    January 18, 2012

    From what I have read it should be stopped as at the extreme if you have a link in all innocence you are guilty. You can't all of a sudden stop millions of people from using the internet they way they have and the criminals will still get around it. For example they only target domain names and not IP addresses.

    In Australia the government tried or may still be trying to censor the internet and blacklist sites related to child pornography. Again they way it was going to work was going to catch some normal sites and would not work.
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    • catarinaalexon
      January 18, 2012

      Glad we agree Susan. It's one thing to root out pedophiles and pirate sites and another to introduce sweeping laws that will turn us all into criminals. And criminals will, as you say, find a way round it.

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  5. Sherryl
    January 19, 2012

    As a US citizen, I don't believe we need any more government control such as SOPA and Pipa. It's difficult enough for small businesses to compete without saddling them with restrictions such as these. To think that individuals could be fined for posting a video of their child singing a copyrighted song is ridiculous. Our country is faced with so many challenges these days, for our congressman to be attempting to police the Internet is ridiculous in my opinion.
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  6. catarinaalexon
    January 19, 2012

    Agree with you completely Sherryl. Besides, the criminals they intend to stop will manage anyway. It will be ordinary users of internet all over the world that will be affected. Common internet use will be criminalized if those bills are implemented.

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  7. Chris
    January 19, 2012

    It would have been helpful to see the arguments in favour of SOPA and Pipa as well as those against, before giving a view. But Catarina's World has already told us what answer it expects so there is little point in making any counter-argument.

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    • catarinaalexon
      January 19, 2012

      Your choice Chris:-) The arguments in favour are that they would stop piracy and copy right infringements which they will not. Criminals change URLs on a continous basis so once one is blocked they are already operating from another one.

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  8. catarinaalexon
    January 19, 2012

    Glad you agree with me Lou. Seems US members of congress are getting cold feet about the bills, though. And if worse comes to worse I hope Obama will veto them.

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  9. Julie Weishaar
    January 20, 2012

    Hi Catarina – I agree with you – especially your comment that the criminals will find a way out of it as they usually do. The people who will be hurt are those who aren't breaking the law, or stealing, and are paying for the content they are using but as Lou said, can turn into a criminal if someone passes by whistling a tune and you catch it on video. If this bill is passed, we are all screwed – big time!
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  10. catarinaalexon
    January 20, 2012

    Glad we agree Julie. Those bills will ruin the internet as we know it.

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  11. catarinaalexon
    January 20, 2012

    Yes Jamella. But people stealing creative work will find a ways. From what I understand criminals change URLs on a continous basis. So once a URL is closed down it wasn't used anyway. They also hijack innocent people's computers to send out messages where to download movies for free. Your computer may be used for that and the sopa and pipa will not have an impact on that.

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  12. Lilach Bullock
    January 20, 2012

    I agree with you 100% Catarina by the way did you see this – quite ironic methinks! http://twitpic.com/88ueqz

    I can't see it going ahead, so many people are opposed to it… let's hope so anyway!
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  13. GuyW
    January 20, 2012

    The bills are very poorly put together – fortunately they seem to have been withdrawn. Copyright protection is reasonable, but must be handled in a reasonable fashion and not this heavy-handed way.

    Imagine the uproar if China, for example, was able to shut down a website in the US for some reason…

    The bills need to be completely rewritten to ensure they are fair and reasonable for all parties.

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    • catarinaalexon
      January 20, 2012

      Glad you agree with me Guy. One Linkedin member who is a publisher wrote that he very much want to prevent copy right infringements but those bills will not achieve that. He is vehemently against the bills.

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  14. catarinaalexon
    January 20, 2012

    The global operation that saw megaupload.com shut down and its owner arrested is a major development in the battle over online copyright infringement.

    The US authorities which mounted the operation appear to have plenty of muscle to act against what they see as a serious threat to copyright owners – so why do they need the even more extensive powers which Sopa and Pipa appear to promise?

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  15. Mark Bailey
    January 21, 2012

    Sopa and Pipa are reactionary measures being pushed through the legislature by an industry that is reluctant to admit that it needs to change it's way of doing business. Physical media is a swiftly disappearing product and the entertainment industry hasn't yet figured out how to get money out of every person that views or listens to a digital copy. On the flip side, in the relatively short lifespan of the digital age, the world has become used to free being their favorite price. Personally, I am willing to pay for a song or to view a movie but find that paying $14 to download an "album" when I can buy the physical copy @ WMT for $9 to be a little insulting. There should be a way to digitally tag media to ensure that the people who deserve to be paid for their efforts are fairly compensated.

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    • catarinaalexon
      January 21, 2012

      Spot on Mark. Agree with you completely. The media and movie industries have to find ways to do business online. There is no avoiding it and lobbying congress will not work in the long run. Besides the protests against those bills worked and hopefully they will never become laws.

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  16. catarinaalexon
    January 21, 2012

    Glad you agree with me Srinivas.

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  17. catarinaalexon
    January 21, 2012

    Unfortunately it hasn't been pulled Warren. Just put on ice. But hopefully if worse comes to worse Obama will veto it.

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  18. Jayne Kopp
    January 22, 2012

    Catarina, I think the whole SOPA/PIPA would have been nothing but detrimental. Apart from being too vague… it held the door ope for them to basically have the freedom to take complete freedom away from all of us. What I mean is, I know the Hollywood Actors and Music industry supported it, but it had the power with the wording to do so much more to any industry and/or individual.

    Also, I saw no 'blame' or punishment for the 'wrong doer'… and what I mean is the bill would have made companies like Google, payPal, YouTube, etc responsible and made them watchdog over who they served. Yet the only punishment that would have affected the 'wrong doer' would have been that their site would be shut down.

    There's so much wrong with this that I could go on for hours… thank goodness I don't have to.

    Best

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    • catarinaalexon
      January 22, 2012

      Yes Jayne, thank God Sofa and Pipa have been put on ice. And hopefully if worse comes to worse, Obama will veto them.

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  19. catarinaalexon
    January 22, 2012

    Sanjeev, censorship should only be against pedophiles, people preaching hatred and so forth. Criminals, like pirates, is one step ahead of the law enforcement agencies all the time. So trying to use laws like Sopa and Pipa will not work. They will only have an impact on innocent people. Some spam comment sent to your site could for instance have a link that would shut down your site.

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  20. Joyce
    January 31, 2012

    Not really but we just have to take careful.
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    • catarinaalexon
      January 31, 2012

      Thankfully Sopa and Pipa have been put on ice, Joyce. From what I understand until after the US presidential elections.

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