Skip to comments.Web censorship bill sails through Senate committee
Posted on 11/19/2010 5:41:04 AM PST by markomalley
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed central to the activity of the site regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the nuclear option, which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites off.
COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and the big media companies to stem the tidal wave of internet file sharing that has upended those industries and, they claim, cost them tens of billions of dollars over the last decade.
My concerns are not trying to defend those who are stealing others' intellectual property but that this sets up a really, really, really bad precedent that could be applied in other areas of government censorship. Say, for example, if they want to shut down Free Republic. They would shut down the site and then force JimRob to hire a lawyer and go after them in order to get that order lifted.
Not the way things are supposed to work in this country, last time I checked.
This is such a bad, stinking idea it isn’t funny. “Let’s give the government more power...” Police state, anyone????
No one would be surprised if under the Obama-DNC-Fascists
that melanin content was discussed in the law, or that
genital and rectal probes would be allowed for the government.
More Government censorship...oh boy! I just cant wait for the entire internet to get back to every website 24 hour O’bama coverage. No more need for real news. O’bama can tell us everything we need to know...
Big Media has made “copyright protection” as task for Homeland Security (and no I am not using hyperbole).
The Red Diaper Doper Babies are killing this nation.
hmmmm......end of FR!?!?!?
If somebody posts 3 or more words protected by copywrite, we’re toast!
These clowns just don’t learn.
Not just “the government” - the ERIC (the Red) Holder Government, overseers of the Department of Selective Justice
Hey lefties, would this have “sailed through” if John Ashcroft or SARAH PALIN was the AG?
Our p*ssy of a president is ABSOLUTELY unwilling to use nuclear weapons and seeks to end our nuclear capacity. Yet he is perfectly damned willing to establish a "nuclear option" against his own citizens.
I fear we will meet in the streets.
Holder is just like Reno.....don't sneeze unless he gets the OK from Dumbo
If anything we should build a virtual
“Great Wall of America” to keep the Chinese out of OUR internet.
It IS our greatest weakness right, it affects almost every aspect of our lives, the Chinese can hack anything, from disabling your car to virtual phone message spoofing.
I can visualize a massive attack from them enabling any cellphone to go berserk, calling porn sites, of which then a bill like this would effectively then shut down all cellphone service in America.
(COICA) = BOHICA........................
Looks like the dems aren’t ‘retreating’....they are ‘reloading’.
The obvious work around is off shore hosting.
Wonder if they plan to block traffic from “offending” sites as well? That is the real question.
I’ve heard Limewire was shutdown.
Many people thought the election would slow the leftists down. It has only convinced them they must try harder.
Won't work. The US owns all the domain name servers running the Internet.
Marxists-Communists-Socialists never give up. And they never learn..................
The ACLU wants to charge GW Bush for torture yet will be completely silent on freedom of press violations by the federal government.
What a bizarre world we now live.
Wondering if 2012 would happen if this gets passed. Seems to me ‘THEY’ would have total control of what is said about anything, and everything from that point on.
Combine this potential censorship of the web with their control of the MSM, their rampant fraud, and never forget their control of all the bureaucracies staffed with their own, and we have one “H” of an obstacle to overcome.
‘They’ would have total control of our communications not only Nationwide.
Many people thought the election would slow the leftists down. It has only convinced them they must try harder.”
Do their mischeif quicker.
The obamites can hire an army to pull down the flyers every day. Full employment guaranteed.
We beat the British army. If necessary we cheeky yanks can circumvent a red diaper-led leftist oligarchy. We are not Ukrainian peasants. Americans (traditional value ones) are too irreverent and resourceful to be suppressed by dictators ....I hope.
Let's see what happens on “opt out” day.
Sounds like the end of conservaive internet sites - pretty soon Freepers will be gone. Townhall.com hotair, drudgereport and so on and so forth. It has been nice knowing you all. how much longer we are allowed to speak to one another will be determined. Wait a moment there is a government car driving up, there a two men in it and they have a very big scissors and they are now coming to the door. i better send this quick, they are breaking down the door ....
The problem with these types of bills is both parties generally are in bed with the MPAA and RIAA, so they just sail through.
We are screwed. Zero chance to stop this.
Anyone have a break down on the vote? I’m wondering how my senator voted.
“... regardless if the website has actually committed a crime.”
“Looks like the dems arent retreating....they are reloading”
That’s for sure. Does anybody in the GOP not understand what we’re dealing with here? “Go along to get along” is no longer an option if we’re to get our country back.
Sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
17 co-Sponsors, including: Alexander (R-TN), Coburn (R-OK), Grahamnesty (R?-SC), Grassley, Hatch & Voinovich...
Now what? Can S3804 be stopped?
I pray we will meet in the streets.
A, and, & the. See how easy it would be to shut down anyone... Sounds like the burden would then be on the guilty until proven innocent to go to court. This sounds like the French system.
It involves using the peer-to-peer model.
We might have to work fast.
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Exactly. Mark Steyn almost had a woman in tears yesterday when he made this point on Rush's show.
The recent election was just a battle, not the end of the war. The Left has plenty of weapons. This law could shut this site down in an instant for just one cross linked picture.
You make good points. I hope others see them and start to realize how far this has gotten...I think many don’t understand how bad this is.
And isn’t it funny that many of those who cry “First Amendment!” so loudly are some of the ones who are supporting this subversion of the First Amendment (as well as other Constitutional protections).
|I always did like your posts/replies, Laz.
What the hell is the matter with Coburn? Everyone tells me he is so conservative. Would this be the same Coburn that stated “Nancy Pelosi is a nice person” then berated his audience when they groaned at that statement?
The America I grew up in died a long time ago. Just another step down.
November 18th, 2010
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES BIPARTISAN HATCH BILL TO COMBAT COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, PIRACY
” WASHINGTON The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation to combat copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods online. The bipartisan Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act was introduced in September by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The Committee voted unanimously, 19-0, to send the legislation to the full Senate for consideration. “.....
“The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act is cosponsored by Judiciary Committee members Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Senators George Voinovich (R-Ohio), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). “
Better still, go back to using Fidonet
I think this is why it is coming out of committee. But I think this point is deceptive.
As per Senate.gov website-
“The bill also provides safeguards allowing the domain name owner or site operator to petition the court to lift the order, and safeguards against abuse by allowing only the Justice Department to initiate an action, and by giving a federal court the final say about whether a particular site would be cut off from supportive services. “
That’s absolutely a concern.
The sad thing is, you go to any tech site and the communities are typically 75% liberal. So it’s interesting to see the outrage against the Democrats pushing this crap.
Of course, their criticism is usually limited to “meet the new boss, same as the old boss,” as if Bush tried any of this.
...if copyright infringement is deemed central to the activity of the site regardless if the website has actually committed a crime.
Not for long - but don't worry, they have put "safeguards" in place for us - the Dept. of Justice and the ability to petition the court. LOL. The government protecting us from itself, with itself.
The Commies are indeed doubling down. Remember that the Food Control law passed through the Senate committee as well a couple of days ago....