Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Nov 2011 23:20 UTC
Legal The saga surrounding SOPA will be dominating the headlines for a while yet, and today is no different. First of all, and most importantly, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution against SOPA, while also calling for net neutrality to become part of EU law. Second, and this is also interesting, we now have a list of software companies which are against freedom of speech on the web. Unsurprisingly, Apple and Microsoft are on this list. Update: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has spoken out against SOPA. Update II: Tumbler's anti-SOPA message on their website generated almost 90000 (!) phone calls to representatives. Amazing.
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Please Europe, Help Us
by kateline on Mon 21st Nov 2011 08:16 UTC
kateline
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2011-05-19

I agree with the US Congress that piracy is a huge threat. It costs businesses lots, and intellectual property deserves protection.

But seriously, anyone who understands technology can see that the side-effects of the SOPA legislation would be disasterous. It eliminates due process and proper checks-and-balances.

It is sad that we Americans, once admired world-wide for our leadership in human rights and democracy, now must hope our European neighbors can help keep the increasingly authoritarian tendencies of our own government in check.

Edited 2011-11-21 08:16 UTC

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RE: Please Europe, Help Us
by zima on Thu 24th Nov 2011 23:31 in reply to "Please Europe, Help Us"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

"Please Europe, Help Us" ...you know, you can always backtrack on some of the events & decisions of the 2nd half of XVIII century ;)

(but sort of seriously, if you'd look at, say, Canada - still mild vassals ;p - they seemed to had done better over those two centuries, though more "steady" hence quiet / under the radar ...much less of that Manifest Destiny / exceptionalism / America's Backyard like BS; as for "democracy" one can hardly beat Iceland ...alas, also a place light on PR)

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