Alert: Internet Censorship Bill Could Drastically Change Or Destroy Alternative Media
The Intel Hub
November 19, 2011
As many of you may know, there is currently a bill moving through the House that at the very least would drastically change the way that the alternative media, as well as the entire internet, operates.
We absolutely MUST take action and take action now!
The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA is a form of Chinese style censorship that would be the beginning of end the internet as we know it.
Madison Ruppert, writing for his blog End the Lie, as well as The Intel Hub, explained exactly what SOPA would do:
SOPA would put completely legitimate sites, like End the Lie and countless other alternative news outlets at risk of being shut down, along with literally any site that freely allows users to post content.
That includes YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, Craigslist, Dropbox and literally any website or service that allows users to upload content.
The United States Attorney General can not only seek court orders against “foreign infringing sites,” meaning any website with a non-U.S. domain name, but can also demand that internet service providers (ISPs) would have to cut off access to the site by not resolving domain name requests.
Furthermore, if served with one of the Attorney General’s court orders, search engines would have to remove any links to the site, payment networks would have to stop all payments to the site from U.S. customers and advertising networks would be forced to stop serving advertisements about the website or for the website.
But wait, it gets even worse. SOPA would require that within five days of receiving an allegation by a copyright holder, payment services and advertising networks would have to cut off all business with the site either U.S. based or foreign.
All the copyright holder has to do is allege that the site is “dedicated to the theft of property,” and if the payment provider and advertising networks don’t cease business within five days, the copyright holder can file a private lawsuit against the site compelling the payment service and others to cut off relations.
Furthermore, The Atlantic reports that the definition of “dedicated” in this bill “has little relation to common usage,” and in addressing the bill they characterize it as “dangerous.”
The website, Americancensorship.org has put together easy to use tools to mail Congress and get the word out about this disgusting bill.
Over the last few years we have all seen the attempts by the establishment and Hollywood to censor key parts of the internet, but now these attempts have gained much more steam and do have a chance of passing if we sit idly by and do nothing.
From Shepard Ambellas – Founder & Director of The Intel Hub:
“The Protect IP Act and SOPA could end what once was once known as America. Nazi style censorship has arrived,1943 is here, with 69 years of technology and planning gains, the globalists sweep the land.”
From Bob Tuskin –Bob Tuskin Radio Show:
“The fact that the dranconian crack down on internet freedom is based on such arbitrary terms is quite toubling. Information should be open source in a perfect world, yet we now live in a police state of corporate facism. Although Googles CEO stated the obvious fact that SOPA was “draconian” I doubt he really will be the one to suffer the consequences. This will simply make it easier for them to censor and withold funds, as they already do.
Internet 2? Not quite, but we are getting close. Time to figure out plan B. The kill switch is in place, are you and your family preapred and in a good comunity?” – Bob Tuskin, Bob Tuskin Radio Show
From Alex Thomas – Co-founder and Editor of The Intel Hub:
“Both The Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Act would drastically change the way that the internet and, to a great extent, the alternative media, works.
If we do not put a stop to these Chinese style internet censorship bills many sites would be subject to malicious complaints from copyright holders who could attack said websites not because they are actually infringing their rights but because they want to silence their content.”