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message 1: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Google and EFF will stoop as low as it takes to prevent Congress from taking measures to stop online piracy.

For those who have been following the uproar over SOPA, have you noticed the regurgitated tirades about breaking the internet and blacklist bills?

Have you noticed that some Op Ed writers cannot even transcribe the acronym. If they think it is the "Stopping" (as opposed to "Stop") Act, is it likely that they have read the wording of the Act itself?

Here are 3 good links to the copyrightalliance blog where various misrepresentations are debunked.

message 2: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Lamar Smith opines
This bill does not “threaten online freedoms.” But it does threaten the profits generated by those who willfully steal intellectual property by trafficking in counterfeit or pirated goods.

— Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas) chairs the House Judiciary Committee and is a sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act.

message 3: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Quoting Lamar Smith

"The problem of rogue sites is real, immediate, and widespread. According to estimates, IP theft costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs. Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while some of America’s most profitable and productive industries are under attack.

The House Judiciary Committee has and will continue to work with groups to improve this bill and ensure that it targets the problem of rogue websites. Unfortunately, there are some critics of this legislation who are not serious about helping to protect America’s intellectual property. That’s because they’ve made large profits by working with and promoting rogue sites to U.S. consumers. Google recently paid a half billion dollars to settle a criminal case because of the search-engine giant’s active promotion of rogue foreign pharmacies that sold counterfeit and illegal drugs to U.S. patients. Their opposition to this legislation is self-serving since they profit from doing business with rogue sites."

message 4: by Rowena, Group Owner (last edited Dec 05, 2011 01:41AM) (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Another excellent article to share

"If you think intellectual property theft is a victimless crime, think again. It costs the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars each year, deprives people of their livelihoods, encourages criminal activities by gangs and organized crime groups, and sometimes results in serious illness or injury."

message 5: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
The pirates are giving away the latest Sherlock Holmes movie (Game of Shadows), also 15,000 ebooks.

Google, Yahoo, PayPal, Filesonic are all involved and making money off this rampant piracy, and I find it really hard to believe that no one has ever sent a DMCA to PayPal, or Yahoo, or Google.

It's really not hard to see why Google is paying so much to stir up the public against any attempt by Congress to deal with foreign pirates.
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message 6: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
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message 7: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod

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But I have never yet seen them remove even the worst and most blatant of pirates.

message 8: by Joe (new)

Joe Vadalma (JoeVadalma) | 25 comments Mod
Rowena, may I have your permission to forward your latest posts on piracy to my congressman?

Joe Vadalma

message 9: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Yes. You may share this, also. Filesonic and Fileserve are hosting massive collections of illegal ebooks.

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My name is Rowena Cherry. I am one of the authors being ripped off on this new, foreign hosted pirate site. I will be copying this to my Senators, also to various publishers. Your site is active. Donations can be made to this copyright infringer. Please investigate.

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message 10: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
"... the Registrar of Copyrights testified before this committee last month, "It is my view that if Congress does not continue to provide serious responses to online piracy, the U.S. copyright system will ultimately fail."
As of this morning, typing "download movies for free" into Google will take you to sites like Pirate Bay that offer free copies of infringing films and TV shows. While the Internet should be free, it should not be lawless.
The problem of rogue Web sites is real, immediate and increasing. It harms companies across the spectrum. And its scope is staggering. One recent survey found that nearly one quarter of global Internet traffic is infringing. The resultant economic losses runs into the hundreds of billions of dollars every year."

Transcripts make fascinating reading:

message 11: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
For anyone who belongs (free) to the Washington Post,
consider logging in and clicking to Recommend comments that explain copyright, Fair Use, etc to the commenters.

message 12: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Very good video interview with Chris Dodd.

message 13: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Matthews (celinechatillon_cynthianna) | 2 comments So glad that at least ONE congressperson thinks piracy is WRONG. I do wonder if there will be any published authors in the future... Why be "published" if we are never promised a royalty?

message 14: by Rowena, Group Owner (last edited Jan 18, 2012 01:09PM) (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Celine, there are a lot of Congresspersons, which is why the SOPA and IP Protect legislation are being so vigorously attacked.

Those against doing something (helpful) about piracy are Ron Wyden, Darrell Issa, Ron Paul.

message 15: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Blog on the Copyright Alliance site about SOPA.

The Managers' Amendment

WSJ (mostly for members/subscribers)

TheHill blog

An OpEd on Huff Post

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