Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Jan 2012 20:57 UTC
Internet & Networking The Obama administration has responded to two petitions regarding SOPA, but in true political fashion, the response is 838 words of absolutely nothing at all. Here's a link, but don't complain to me about losing 10 minutes of your life reading this empty drivel. How about taking a stand for once, eh?
Thread beginning with comment 503468
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Basically...
by umccullough on Sat 14th Jan 2012 21:01 UTC
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

They'll likely support anything that doesn't appear to be a blatant ignorance of the technological issues.

There is at least some suggestion that "strong due process" will be expected... which is pretty much the opposite of what SOPA was calling for.

<sigh>

This bit is interesting: "The organizer of this petition and a random sample of the signers will be invited to a conference call to discuss this issue further with Administration officials and soon after that, we will host an online event to get more input and answer your questions."

As one of the signers of the petitions in question, I wonder if I'll get invited ;)

In the grand scheme of things, I still expect little opposition when this bill hits the POTUS desk.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Basically...
by modmans2ndcoming on Sun 15th Jan 2012 23:53 in reply to "Basically..."
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

I seriously do not understand what people have an issue with in SOPA if all the bad stuff is taken out....of course, if you remove the DNS provision, if you require real due process, if you prevent entrenched interests from being able to abuse it to fight start up competition and free speech, then what is left?

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: Basically...
by WorknMan on Mon 16th Jan 2012 09:59 in reply to "RE: Basically..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I seriously do not understand what people have an issue with in SOPA if all the bad stuff is taken out....of course, if you remove the DNS provision, if you require real due process, if you prevent entrenched interests from being able to abuse it to fight start up competition and free speech, then what is left?


The problem with SOPA is the same either with or without the bad stuff included - it does nothing to prevent piracy. If you shut down one site or avenue for piracy, there'll be three more the next week to take its place.

The linked to post has it part right... piracy is a problem, but it's a business problem, in the same kind of way that the automobile was to the horse and buggy industry. Meaning, you probably weren't able to make much money selling horse carriages once the automobile became popular. How stupid would it have been for the horse & buggy industry to try and pass laws that made it illegal for people to drive in order to prop up an industry that would've died on its own?

Thus, new technologies have a tendency to make some business models obsolete, and trying to sell something that can be replicated endlessly for $0 is just not a viable business model anymore. Of course, you can scream and shout and cry all you want about those filthy f**king pirates, but it still doesn't change the inevitable. You see ads at the beginning of DVDs about how 'you wouldn't steal a car', but if people could clone one out of thin air at no cost, you bet your ass they would do it.

Edited 2012-01-16 10:00 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 3