Hollywood Tries to Revive SOPAAdded: Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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Hollywood was accused by Google of trying to revive the failed Stop Online Piracy Act, which was supposed to enable wholesale website filtering. Google claims that Hollywood studios, via the MPAA, decided to push through the effects of SOPA using non-legislative measures. The search giant alleges that the MPAA led a secret, coordinated campaign to revive the failed bill and helped bring legal arguments in connection with a recent court investigation.
As you might know, SOPA was a legislation put before the US House of Representatives supposed to significantly expand the powers of American authorities to fight Internet trafficking in copyrighted and counterfeited goods.
SOPA gave rights owners the power to request court orders to forbid advertising networks including Google and payment facilities from doing business with infringing websites. Copyright owners could also ban search engines from linking to infringing websites and receive court orders that demand ISPs to block access to those online services.
However, this bill was defeated two years ago despite the backing of the MPAA thanks to a public outcry, which prompted about 115,000 sites, including Google, to protest against SOPA. A petition against the bill was signed by 10 million people; 8 million made phone calls to Congress, and 4 million sent emails.
Now Google points at news reports accusing the movie outfit and 6 studios of colluding in order to start a new campaign intended to secretly revive SOPA. The search giant alleges that the industry is trying to achieve wholesale website blocking by convincing state prosecutors to take up the fight against the company.
In the meantime, in the United Kingdom, the rights owners are able to seek court orders in order to force broadband providers to block access to online portals they deem as infringing copyright. Such portals as The Pirate Bay have been blocked in the country since 2012.
According to media reports, the movie studios allocated $500,000 annually for legal support, which was increased to $1.175 million for this campaign.
Google is particularly disappointed with what this all means for the Motion Picture Association of America itself, a group founded in part to promote and defend the First Amendment and artists’ right to free expression, which is now for some reason trying to secretly censor the web.
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
|posted by (2014-12-31 10:34:18)|
|I have "Access" to 198 game I purchased on Steam. However I do NOT "Own" them. I have no hard-copy and if Steam wanted to could lock me out of my account and all of the games I paid for.|
Anything Digital should be free, plain and simple. If anyone has an issue with that they can talk to me.
|Saying anything digital should be free is pure stupidity! If everything available digitally was free then companies would never release anything in digital format. Some things should be free, others not so much. Movies, Music, Games, Ect. shouldn't be free unless they have been available for a certain amount of time (example: 10-20 yrs) or are no longer being supported by the company that created them (ie. abandonware).|
|posted by (2015-01-01 22:32:06)|
|i dont have a problem with companies not releasing anything in digital format. most of their releases are rubbish anyway. for the price the mpaa is paying annually for legal support they could have come up with a few decent way to encrypt their movies to stop leaks, pay the aisle walkers at the movie to patrol more, invent a new fuccin video format that can only be shared if you have a key or valid cert.|
but no lets censor the internet because it coincides with our alternate agenda.
your movies are crap
your music is whack
more than a million to act?
these are the people that are more deserving in this world? these people are worthy of their financial status?
honestly believe if it wasnt for america setting ridiculously stupid standards the world would be better off.
|posted by (2015-01-02 04:59:51)|
It is not pure stupidity there has been a few polls taken,... and in England for example I think it was 50% of the British populace felt digital should be free.
Hell as far as I'm concerned everything should of been free for the last 100 years, especially electricity but no J.P Morgan pulled the funding to Tesla's free energy projects.
|posted by (2015-01-02 13:03:48)|
|Free digital content means the end of digital content. Or at least a level of advertisment proliferation the world has never seen. Fight the pirates, don't destroy the ocean, f'ing cowards.||
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