Saturday, December 24, 2011

Victory! Boycott forces GoDaddy to drop its support for SOPA


Under intense pressure from an Internet-wide boycott, domain registrar GoDaddy has given the open Internet an early Christmas present: it's dropping its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act. The change was announced in a statement sent to Ars Technica:

Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" currently working its way through U.S. Congress.

"Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation—but we can clearly do better," Warren Adelman, Go Daddy's newly appointed CEO, said. "It's very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it."

Ars Technica

Friday, December 16, 2011

SOPA Adjourned

In what seems a victory of intelligence over politics, the Committee discussing the SOPA Act has been adjourned with no future date set!

More from

The House Judiciary Committee considering whether to send the Stop Online Piracy Act to the House floor abruptly adjourned Friday with no new vote date set — a surprise given that the bill looked certain to pass out of committee today.

The committee’s chairman and chief sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), agreed to further explore a controversial provision that lets the Attorney General order changes to core internet infrastructure in order to stop copyright infringement.

Smith said the hearing would resume at the “earliest practical day that Congress is in session.” That could be weeks.

The abrupt halt to Friday’s proceeding, which followed a marathon-long, 11-hour hearing Thursday, was based on a motion from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). He urged Smith to postpone the session until technical experts could be brought in to testify whether altering the internet’s domain-naming system to fight websites deemed “dedicated” to infringing activity would create security risks.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

58 donors responsible for 80% of SuperPAC funding

From Boing Boing

58 donors responsible for 80% of SuperPAC funding:

With the Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court turned money into a form of political speech, paving the way for enormous influxes of cash from the American ultra-elite one-percent-of-one-percent, and, to a lesser extent, organized labor (money given to the GOP by big business dwarfs labor's contribution to the Dems by a factor of about 2.5). The extent to which this has distorted American politics is only now becoming apparent, as statistics about SuperPACs and their "donations" are gathered and published. In this Salon report, Justin Elliott publishes some eye-opening figures about the new political reality in money-as-speech America.

Especially concerning: 80 percent of the money sloshing around in America's SuperPACs' warchests came from just 58 donors.

The Super PACs are not paragons of transparency, but what has been disclosed gives a sense of where the money is coming from and the interests of those giving it. Based on the donors and the origins of these groups, we can already discern what messages the Super PACs will generate in the home stretch of the campaign.

Red money, blue money: The making of the 2012 campaign


How far technology has come!

Amazing, simply amazing Smile


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Congressional staffers behind SOPA get shiny new jobs as entertainment industry lobbyists

Hilarious news continues :) From the Boing Boing Story

"Congressional staffers behind SOPA get shiny new jobs as entertainment industry lobbyists:

Allison Halataei (former deputy chief of staff for House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)) and Lauren Pastarnack (former senior aide on the Senate Judiciary Committee) have cool new jobs. Having written the Internet-destroying Stop Online Piracy Act for their bosses while drawing a salary at public expense, they've now accepted massive raises to go work for the entertainment companies who stand to benefit from the law they wrote. Their new job? Helping to run the campaign to push their law through.

Halataei recently joined the National Music Publishers’ Association, and Pastarnack is jumping to the Motion Pictures Association of America, two lobbying groups pressing Congress to pass the proposals...

“This is one of those mega-fights where there is a lot of money at stake and whenever it gets to that, it’s kind of ‘Katy bar the door’ as far as what they’ll pay for talent,” said McCormick Group headhunter Ivan Adler. “This fits into the perfect scenario of why senior-level people from well-placed committees get hired, and it’s because they really know the three p’s: people, policy and process. And that makes them very valuable in the Washington marketplace.”

The former aides will face one-year lobbying bans, which means they cannot lobby the respective committees where they previously worked. But those bans don’t render the former aides useless to their new employers.

“They can provide invaluable insight to people on the outside — even in the consultation mode,” one tech industry lobbyist said, noting that Halataei had been Smith’s secondhand person and knows how the Texas Republican thinks and what would be an effective lobbying strategy.

Additionally, the Senate and House panels work closely together, and both Halataei and Pastarnack have ties to staffers in the chambers they didn’t serve in and aren’t banned from lobbying.

GOP aides head to K St. for tech war

(via /.)"


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Copyrights, Patents, Privacy and You!

If you are not entirely insulated from the world, you may have noticed a few news stories leaking through over the last few weeks. Copyright is being argued in Canada and the US’ lawmaking systems. Copyright holders (The big boys here, NOT the artists and performers and so on) want MORE control over what can be disseminated on the NET. They want MORE control than they have now! In the last couple of years, these Copyright Holders (lets call em the rats, why, why not!), they have had many websites removed from the NET1 , destroying businesses and people’s dreams. In a number of cases, they have had NO right to do so, but under existing laws, they are getting away with it! This is not enough, they want to be able to do what they do now, destroy your business, destroy your livelihood and NOW they want to be able to throw you in JAIL, WITHOUT a trial2!

Given that they are abusing the systems they have now in really underhanded ways3, do we really want to give them more power? NO!, Say NO! in any way you can, we have to fight back against these things4. If you don’t fight back against this stupidity, they (the corporations, politicians and the enforcement agencies) will soon have complete control over you, your information and the info you can access. The latest squeaky law5in the states will let the enforcement agencies grab US citizens off the street, call them a terrorist or “person of interest” and ship em off to Guantanamo, no phone call, no lawyer, no courts, just bye bye! Now, that was not the intent of the law when it was passed, but that's the way the law reads. The enforcement agencies all say they would never ever use it that way, trust them!

Here in Canada, we have this wonderful access to information law being put forward. They want faster access to information to catch the bad guys! Thats it, just because it means they can start grabbing all sorts of info on all sorts of people without oversight does not mean they will use it that way! *choke *choke

The government is also trying to make it a crime to break a digital lock. These are used to enforce DRM (digital rights management), and usually mean that your system calls home (a server on the net owned by the company you bought the song/movie/ebook/etc from) to get permission for you to enjoy your purchase. Now we have had many examples of companies shutting down DRM servers and leaving their customers out in the cold in terms of their purchases. You can no linger enjoy your digital purchase, its broken. Now breaking the digital lock would allow you to enjoy that purchase, but under the new law8, you would go to JAIL for trying to enjoy your digital purchase!

Now we get to the reason I just blew off this little rant. There is a case before the US courts that will decide whether or not changes in your body due to changes in doses of medicine or other things related to meds can be patented. THEY WANT TO PATENT YOUR BODY NOW7!!!

ok, I’m outa ooomph now, gotta go play a little solitaire, sorry for the rant Smile


1. DNS Takedowns
3.  Youtube Video takedown
4. EFF in states and in Canada
5. National Defense Authorization Act
6. ESnooping Bill
7. Canadian Copyright Law

ps happy reading, and you may see the following soon for our stuff if someone thinks we’ve stepped on toes Smile