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A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It 102

Kethinov writes "My Congresswoman, Zoe Lofgren, a prominent opponent of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, has introduced two bills to the U.S. House of Representatives designed to protect the free and open internet, expand the protections of the Fourth Amendment to digital communications, and protect against the introduction of any further SOPA-like bills. Since these are issues Slashdotters care deeply about, I wanted to open up the bills for discussion on Slashdot. The bills are: ECPA 2.0 and the Global Free Internet Act. Is my Congresswoman doing a good job? Is there room for improvement in the language of the bills? If you're as excited by her work as I am, please reach out to your representatives as well and ask them to work with Rep. Lofgren. It will take a big coalition to beat the pro-RIAA/MPAA establishment politics on internet regulation."
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A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 16, 2012 @12:00PM (#42001903)

    As a euroboy I can only urge you Americans to support politicans like this. Your political system seems bent and broken to me but this is a glimmer of hope at least. Keep fighting for your freedoms, they seem to dictate the direction the rest of us get herded.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 16, 2012 @12:15PM (#42002087)

    Don't make the Mafia (one "a") look bigger than they are! The last time I checked, the whole global music industry made less in revenue than a single broke German construction company (Holzwinkel) made profit.
    And the by far biggest part of that was iTunes.

    It's not much different with the other media distribution and artist extortion industries.

    They just have a giant overblown ego. (Judging from what I've seen with EMI, SonyBMG, and Warner, my only guess would be massive cocaine abuse.)
    And they project that ego over everything, much like a Steve Jobs reality distortion field, so that politicians think the Mafia has some actual relevance.

    But 1. who says we can't blow up things just as much, and 2. their bubble only works if you believe in it. Otherwise it bursts quicker than a soap bubble in a nail bomb explosion.

    So please don't spread their reality distortions. (Including the one about imaginary property.) Because by doing so, like a Streisand Effect, you're helping your own enemy.


  • by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Friday November 16, 2012 @12:29PM (#42002311)

    As a euroboy I can only urge you Americans to support politicans like this.

    Zoe represents California's 16th district. It consists of most of the city of San Jose (where I live), Santa Clara, and Morgan Hill. It is probably the nerdiest congressional district in the country. People here care about this stuff, but it is not even on the radar of most politicians.

  • by rvw ( 755107 ) on Friday November 16, 2012 @12:34PM (#42002403)

    Thanks Europe. Your debt crisis and failing economic system are a shining star for all the world.

    Our debt crisis? Look at that big pink elephant [usdebtclock.org] behind you. Oh and it might be red with many golden stars, you know, like from communist China?!

  • by Saxophonist ( 937341 ) on Friday November 16, 2012 @12:35PM (#42002425)

    I took a look at both bills. I'm not optimistic.

    I would need to dig more into the ECPA 2.0 bill, but there are, at a minimum, some technical problems with the bill's language. The purpose seems to be to abolish GPS tracking, but the language is weasel-y, and it needs to clarify some points such as interaction with state laws.

    The Global Free Internet Act appears to do nothing useful. It would create a task force ripe for regulatory capture [wikipedia.org], and it would probably result in less accountability than having groups continue to lobby Congress. Also, some of the factual statements about the Internet are incorrect, especially when making assumptions about the Internet's "original purpose."

    I'm not saying that we couldn't have quality legislation in these areas, but the proposed bills are lacking.

  • by Phantom of the Opera ( 1867 ) on Friday November 16, 2012 @01:14PM (#42002853) Homepage
    Do you think its writing is better or worse than the typical bill?

    Do you think its real purpose id different than its stated intent?

    If we really want this bill, and really want it in a good fashion, we should make a wiki collaboration of it. Of course I am saying that, and it takes energy, and I'm heading off to work at the moment.

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