A blackout of the internet?

In the real world

Re: A blackout of the internet?

Postby Captain Picard's Hair » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:02 pm

A protest is going on today at Google and wikipedia among other sites. Wikipedia's is the most dramatic, and Google is collecting digital signatures to an online petition to oppose the bills.
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wonderous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross... but it's not for the timid." Q, Q Who
User avatar
Captain Picard's Hair
Captain
Captain
 
Posts: 3773
Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:58 am
Location: Right here.

Re: A blackout of the internet?

Postby shran » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:12 am

And 9GAG decided to switch to a black theme, but little else.
shran
Commander
Commander
 
Posts: 1289
Joined: Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:28 pm

Re: A blackout of the internet?

Postby Mikey » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:10 pm

Well, my e-mails were duly sent to my senators and congressman.
"We've been over this. We don't shoot first and ask questions later."
"Of course! We never ask questions."
User avatar
Mikey
Fleet Admiral
Fleet Admiral
 
Posts: 33256
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:04 am
Location: down the shore, New Jersey, USA

Re: A blackout of the internet?

Postby kostmayer » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:06 pm

Via the BBC - Megaupload file-sharing site shut down, founders charged

Megaupload, one of the internet's largest file-sharing sites, has been shut down by officials in the US.

The site's founders have been charged with violating piracy laws.

Federal prosecutors have accused it of costing copyright holders more than $500m (£320m) in lost revenue. The firm says it was diligent in responding to complaints about pirated material.

Investigators denied a link to recent protests against proposed piracy laws, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The US Justice Department said that Megaupload's two co-founders Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and Mathias Ortmann were arrested in Auckland, New Zealand along with two other employees of the business at the request of US officials. It added that three other defendants were still at large.

"This action is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States and directly targets the misuse of a public content storage and distribution site to commit and facilitate intellectual property crime," said a statement posted on its website.
Third-party sites

The charges included copyright infringement, conspiracies to commit racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering.

A federal court in Virginia ordered that 18 domain names associated with the Hong Kong-based firm be seized.

The Justice Department said that more than 20 search warrants had been executed in nine countries, and that approximately $50m in assets had been seized.

It claimed that the accused pursued a business model designed to promote the uploading of copyrighted works.

"The conspirators allegedly paid users whom they specifically knew uploaded infringing content and publicised their links to users throughout the world," a statement said.

"By actively supporting the use of third-party linking sites to publicise infringing content, the conspirators did not need to publicise such content on the Megaupload site. Instead, the indictment alleges that the conspirators manipulated the perception of content available on their servers by not providing a public search function on the Megaupload site and by not including popular infringing content on the publicly available lists of top content downloaded by its users."

Before it was shut down the site posted a statement saying the allegations against it were "grotesquely overblown".

"The fact is that the vast majority of Mega's internet traffic is legitimate, and we are here to stay," it added.

"If the content industry would like to take advantage of our popularity, we are happy to enter into a dialogue. We have some good ideas. Please get in touch."
Blackouts

The announcement came a day after thousands of websites took part in a "blackout" to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa).

The US Chamber of Commerce has defendend the proposed laws saying that enforcement agencies "lack the tools" to effectively apply existing intellectual property laws to the digital world.

Industry watchers suggest this latest move may feed into the wider debate.

"Neither of the bills are close to being passed - they need further revision - but it appears that officials are able to use existing tools to go after a business alleged to be inducing piracy," said Gartner's media distribution expert Mike McGuire.

"It begs the question that if you can find and arrest people who are suspected to be involved in piracy using existing laws, then why introduce further regulations which are US-only and potentially damaging."
"You ain't gonna get off down the trail a mile or two, and go missing your wife or something, like our last cook done, are you?"
"My wife is in hell, where I sent her. She could make good biscuits, but her behavior was terrible."
User avatar
kostmayer
Captain
Captain
 
Posts: 2791
Joined: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:08 am

Re: A blackout of the internet?

Postby stitch626 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:47 pm

Hmmm nice charges.

Copyright infringement (twice?), racketeering, and money laundering.


Why do I feel they were doing a little more than just "sharing"...
No trees were killed in transmission of this message. However, some electrons were mildly inconvenienced.
User avatar
stitch626
2 Star Admiral
2 Star Admiral
 
Posts: 9523
Joined: Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:57 pm
Location: Romulus

Re: A blackout of the internet?

Postby alexmann » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:34 pm

There was an easy way round the wikipedia blackout. It loads the article first then the blackout page. Just press esc before it does.
ImageImage
User avatar
alexmann
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander
 
Posts: 912
Joined: Fri May 27, 2011 5:52 pm
Location: I'm in your mind!

Re: A blackout of the internet?

Postby Captain Picard's Hair » Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:19 pm

alexmann wrote:There was an easy way round the wikipedia blackout. It loads the article first then the blackout page. Just press esc before it does.


Or disable javascript on that page (easy with NoScript addon in Firefox)
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wonderous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross... but it's not for the timid." Q, Q Who
User avatar
Captain Picard's Hair
Captain
Captain
 
Posts: 3773
Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:58 am
Location: Right here.

Re: A blackout of the internet?

Postby alexmann » Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:36 pm

Didn't know that one.
ImageImage
User avatar
alexmann
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander
 
Posts: 912
Joined: Fri May 27, 2011 5:52 pm
Location: I'm in your mind!

Re: A blackout of the internet?

Postby shran » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:27 am

So, as of now the bill seems to be postponed. Although my information is highly conjectural, the internet in general now seems to focus on ACTA. Anyone any other thoughts on this?

Spoiler:
shran
Commander
Commander
 
Posts: 1289
Joined: Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:28 pm

Re: A blackout of the internet?

Postby McAvoy » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:02 pm

"Don't underestimate the power of technobabble: the Federation can win anything with the sheer force of bullshit"
User avatar
McAvoy
Rear Admiral
Rear Admiral
 
Posts: 4067
Joined: Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:39 am
Location: East Windsor, NJ

Previous

Return to Politics and Current Events

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests