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beefalo

It's like playing Whack-a-Mole...

Thanks to
Nymousano
Nymousano
for the heads up.

CISPA's defeated, perhaps for good, but as predicted here comes another threat to the free and open Internet. This time, it's a global agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), part of which seeks to criminalize the activity of caching or making temporary copies - a very fundamental part of Internet operations! Twelve countries have agreed to TPP's provisions already. :-/

Tell the United States' chief TPP negotiator, Michael Froman, that you oppose this clear threat to Internet privacy and free expression. Sign and be heard:

http://www.openmedia.org/froman?utm_source=130507+Blas...
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Added: 5 years, 3 months ago
 
Wakka
5 years, 3 months ago
Was hoping id get a bit more of a rest then what i did but that's asking to much. consider it done.
beefalo
5 years, 3 months ago
Thank you. :-)
Nymousano
5 years, 3 months ago
Yeah; while CISPA is off the table (for now), the next shit just waits around the corner... Funny, ain´t it? ^^;
beefalo
5 years, 3 months ago
They never stop trying, especially when powerful industries are involved. <_<
Bledar
5 years, 3 months ago
That was only ONE WEEK after CISPA. When will those fancy cunts in suits get the message? The Internet BELONGS to US, not them.

" beefalo wrote:
caching or making temporary copies


I don't understand this part. Does it mean they have a problem with people using cache and history? If so, they're going to have to deal with it. That's how Internet browsers work.

Anyway I want to sign this, but I'm concerned about entering my name. Will it be publicly visible?
Nymousano
5 years, 3 months ago
After a quick look I tend to say no. But take a closer look at their site yourself, just in case I missed something. :-)
Bledar
5 years, 3 months ago
I had a look at the site's privacy policy and I was disappointed. Apparently they treat the names of those who sign the petition as "public information". Guess I'll just have to wait for accessnow.org to come up with their own petition. Thanks for letting us know anyway. :)
Nymousano
5 years, 3 months ago
Ah, okay. Thx. back for the update. :-)
beefalo
5 years, 3 months ago
I think that controversial part of the treaty is so ambiguous, it could be interpreted as making cached copies of content illegal. Hopefully things will be clarified.
Bledar
5 years, 3 months ago
You mean like ripping CDs?
beefalo
5 years, 3 months ago
I should've been a little clearer, though trying to understand TPP can make anybody's head swim. o_O Every time you visit a website, temporary copies of its contents are stored (cached) on your PC's hard drive or in your device's memory. Same as if you were watching a video on YouTube or stream music; buffering or preloading a few seconds ahead to ensure continuous playback. TPP aims to extend copyright protection (and therefore the possibility of suing for copyright infringement) to those temporary copies, which is contrary to U.S. copyright law (which states that a creative work must be fixed in order to be copyrighted.)
SirStefan02
5 years, 3 months ago
I am pretty certain of two things: one, that the goal of CISPA and CISPA like laws are SOLELY to protect corporate profits and that the internet will one day be ENTIRELY subscription or "pay as you go" based. Take for example all the Flash "security" updates. Does anyone remember when you could right-click on flash files and save them to your computer? You can't anymore. They took away that access to protect the copyrights of the creators so you had to pay for it or leave it where it was. It used to be that virtually EVERYTHING was free for the taking. All you paid for was access. Now you pay for access AND damn near every byte you want to download. Those who remember what DOS looked like and what Trumpet Winsock scripts were used for know what I'm talking about. Also that CISPA and the like are also intended to prevent us from sharing corporate misdeeds and making them public knowledge. Is anyone not aware of what Monsanto has been doing to control our food supply and health. How pervasive GMO products are becoming and how people are being intimidated and silenced in the US and Canada about what is going on? Look it up while you still can.
beefalo
5 years, 3 months ago
I'm afraid we'll be seeing such an Internet in our lifetimes. But I also keep hoping that there will always be workarounds, especially if free speech is being clamped down (e.g., Tor, proxies.) If big corporate hadn't been so greedy and taking more than their fair share... charging $20 for a CD while the musician gets less than a dollar, forcing theater owners to charge $10+ per ticket, cramming annoying ads in every single empty space or free second... we wouldn't have so many of their "problems".
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