Leahy claims blackout sponsors ‘misunderstand’ PIPA legislation

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      1. I think in this case, though, “gray-haired” is not to be taken figuratively, but metaphorically as someone living in the past and not understanding the present – with a dash of closed-mindedness.

  1. Actually, I think wikipedia did a pretty good job of explaining the issue indiscriminately.


    It’s an interesting issue. I understand the point of the legislation, and I don’t disagree with protecting intellectual property or preventing the sale of illegal pharmaceuticals that may end up sickening users (or just ripping them off). As I understand it, the main contention with SOPA is how it is to be enacted and enforced. Forcing DNS and search engines to remove links to these sites is going to be expensive and difficult. It would seem that a better solution to stopping people from pirating movies and selling fake drugs online would be to hunt them down and kill them. But, so far, the technology required to allow us to shoot people over the internet has eluded us. This is, perhaps, fortunate, for on that day the world population shall decrease mightily. Imagine the stench from offices world-wide from all the rotting corpses!

    1. As a former editor, I’m among the first to defend intellectual property and copyright. But we already have laws on the books to do that on the Internet. You’re correct: It’s SOPA/PIPA’s enforcement methods that are far too broad and indiscriminate. And worse, they put the burden of proof on the accused. You are presumed guilty (and therefore shut down) until you can prove you are innocent. That flies in the face of American jurisprudence, where you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

      Your solution eliminates all the middle men, the lost time, and the legal hassles and expense, and has the added population-reduction feature, which is certainly a big plus. However, it might run in to a tiny bit of resistance from the Supreme Court …

... and that's my two cents