SOPA Linkspam

I had a whole different post planned for this morning, but everything is coming fast and furious, and I wanted to get a few links out before I forget or they go (even more) stale:

First up, because this is the first time I’ve seen them back off in a dozen or more years of crappy internet legislation.

Reeling MPAA declares DNS filtering “off the table”

… But Tepp and Brigner pledged to press on with the remaining provisions of the legislation. “We need to move forward as soon as possible,” Tepp said.

And while the MPAA appears to be abandoning the DNS-filtering provisions for this Congress, Brigner hinted that his organization may resurrect the proposal in the future.

 


From danah boyd: We need to talk about piracy (but we must stop SOPA first)

In talking with non-geeks, I can’t help but be fascinated that the debate has somehow been framed in the public eye as “pro-piracy” vs. “anti-piracy.” Needless to say, that’s the frame that Murdoch is advocating, even as geeks are pushing for the “pro-internet” vs. “pro-censorship” frame. What’s especially intriguing to me is that the piracy conversation is getting convoluted even among politicos, revealing the ways in which piracy gets flattened to one concept.

 

The EFF is excellent and thorough, and looks beyond just the immediate legislative horserace to the deeper issues at stake. Go read the whole thing. How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation

Anyone who writes or distributes Virtual Private Network, proxy, privacy or anonymization software would be negatively affected. This includes organizations that are funded by the State Department to create circumvention software to help democratic activists get around oppressive regimes’ online censorship mechanisms. Ironically, PIPA and SOPA would not only institute the same practices as these regimes, but would essentially outlaw the tools used by activists to circumvent censorship in countries like Iran and China as well.

 


So is SOPA Dead? Not Exactly

Though the battle is won, the war is not. SOPA could easily make a resurgence if it sculpts itself to whatever the White House’s unspecified specifications are, and PIPA could also pass, as even with recent changes to it (courts can’t force ISPs to block websites), it’s still harmful.

 

The President’s Challenge

Take the truck, the boat, the helicopter, that we’ve sent you. Don’t wait for the time machine, because we’re never going to invent something that returns you to 1965 when copying was hard and you could treat the customer’s convenience with contempt.

 

From Tim O’Reilly on Google+: SOPA and PIPA are bad industrial policy

Policies designed to protect industry players who are unwilling or unable to address unmet market needs are always bad policies. They retard the growth of new business models, and prop up inefficient companies. But in the end, they don’t even help the companies they try to protect. Because those companies are trying to preserve old business models and pricing power rather than trying to reach new customers, they ultimately cede the market not to pirates but to legitimate players who have more fully embraced the new opportunity.