Originally Posted by Spinoza
I'm curious here what do you think the remedy to the above situation should be. Your site is being used to commit copyright infringement, what would be the appropriate solution to this situation.
The appropriate solution is not to pass this law. There are already tools to handle copyright infringement in this country.
This law is not designed for people located in the US. Most US based ISP's have no problem shutting down websites that are in the wrong or are doing illegal things, like copyright infringement. This law is designed to police other countries, to FORCE them to comply (something the US should not be in the business of).
The second criticism basically boils down to it only takes an allegation to stop PayPal support and get Google to block your site..etc. Come on really? First itís false in the sense that all you have to do is make an accusation. The Attorney general has to pursue the matter through the court system. Our court system is not cheap and does not spin on a dime. There are already countries that have laws like this on the books; the results that happened afterward did not include widespread abuse of false accusations.
If other countries have these laws on the books, why are we even discussing this new law as an option? If our court system is not cheap and is already handling situations like these, why are we discussing this new law as an option? The precedent for abuse is just too high. Look what happens to a teacher when an accusation gets aimed at them for inappropriate behavior?
I have a question for you though... Are you affiliated with the MPAA or the entertainment industry in any facet? You kinda sound like you have a stake in the outcome.
There was a company a few years ago that tried to claim they had patent rights on audio and visual transmissions over the internet (the company was acadia or something like that). This company sent out threatening legal letters to try and get websites to pay them for copyright infringement. I know, I got a letter. It was pretty big. Turns out they didn't have a case. but many companies signed an agreement to pay fees to this company in exchange for not being hauled into court.
All I'm saying is this is not a simple black and white situation, and rushing a bill through those technical idiots in congress is not the correct solution. But, there is also some shadyness to this proposed legislature. Whomever is trying to push it through, is not being totally honest in their intentions.
I read where, in the preliminary discussions or hearing (not sure what it's called) the only outside Representative was a lady lawyer from Google. The rest were for this proposed law, essentially stacking the deck for this new law. There is some shady business going on with this situation... Which is why I don't understand your support behind it.