Ok, lets discuss stuff not in the bill and just discuss people and organizations.
KnightExemplar wrote:As of November 22, 2011, the BSA has stopped supporting SOPA
You didn't link the actual document, you linked a summary of the document. http://blog.bsa.org/2011/11/21/sopa-nee ... derations/
Some observers have raised reasonable questions about whether certain SOPA provisions might have unintended consequences in these areas. BSA has long stood against filtering or monitoring the Internet. All of these concerns should be duly considered and addressed
At best you can call that neutral.
BTW, the BSA has donated 100% of its megar funds to people who support SOPA.
Then Knightexemplar decides to give a link... complaing about how much the BSA DOES support SOPA. Kaspersky labs quit the BSA why? Because of a perception they still support SOPA.
So to summarize you: BSA doesn't support SOPA, so Kaspersky labs quit the organization over their support of SOPA.
(I am not an expert on Kaspersky Labs, but I noticed its a Russian firm *eyebrows raised*)
KnightExemplar wrote:Microsoft's silence on SOPA speaks volumes actually
They are publicly "Neutral" but privately they are "Loud and Clear".
Follow the money... guess where it all leads? Pro-SOPA.
The author of of SOPA, Lamar Smith, has as his 17th largest donor... Microsoft. And thats only checking their biggest PAC. In addition to their other pacs, MS is a member of MANY organizations, and every time I look... BAM money to Pro-SOPA people.
If I were to continue digging I am confident I will find more and more money going to SOPA supporters.
To say they are "Silent" on SOPA is beyond naive.
Here is a fun game. Go to tracksopa and then compare it all of MS's political donations... just from their biggest PAC.
Again, I am no expert on the technical aspects of the Law. But I am an expert on how laws get written and implemented.
Back to the BSA, if you look at their complaints concerns, all valid, I wager its the result of the complex composition of the bill behind closed doors with many interest groups and various actors throwing in their input/ideas into the legislation.
I think its obvious that those people are taking a great deal of time and diligence in trying to have a final draft proposal.
The Great Hippo wrote:Can you find me any experts, any articles, any pro-SOPA advocates who are addressing all, a majority, or even a significant number of the concerns raised by this article? Hell, you know what--at this point? Fuck it; I'll even read the ones written by people who are being paid to support SOPA!
The word limit will prevent me from linking everyone who supports SOPA.
Here is just one list of hundreds of organziations and individual businesses that wrote a Letter to Congress, urgin them to no only support SOPA, but also
the PROTECT IP Act, and the Combating Online Infringment and Counterfeits Act.http://www.theglobalipcenter.com/sites/ ... er-359.pdf
If you are seeking an "argument" from an "expert".
How about the greatest 1st amendment scholar in the nation?
You know... the guy who successfully argued Citizens United and convinced the SCOTUS to overturn 100 years of precedents because he so transformed their beliefs on Free Speech?
(Horrible decision btw... the worst decision in decades.... he is just that good)
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Floyd Abrams, http://www.fightonlinetheft.com/sites/d ... Abrams.pdf
Nothing is being done about piracy. This is an attempt to change directions. Does it have the potential for abuse like EVERY Law... yes. Is there reason to believe that this will be the ONE law that suddenly gets abused resulting in a denial of freedom and liberty? I think not.
The anti-SOPA people have made their arguments. The pro-SOPA people said "your right, those are valid concerns, so lets make sure they don't occur".
People who ARE being harmed by piracy, are ALL for it.
People who MAY be harmed if the law is completely abused, are against it.
Real world harm versus Potential abuse... of which everyone is aware and agreed to keep a close eye on.