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SOPA Bill 2012. Seven Things about Controversial Legislation

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

SOPA legislation is being regarded in Congress 2012, it is the sister bill to the Protected IP Act , it has passed the senate in 2010. Detailed considering of the Stop Online Piracy Act leads to the understanding the reason why this bill has so many on the Internet ?

Its most basic level SOPA is a bill that reacts to the web actions, it is some kind of violation of many parts of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it is a monumental legislation piece of the institution on-line.

SOPA actually informs web users affection abroad. Here are several principles about SOPA legislation: how supporters argue and how they create jobs why some websites could create on-line monopolies and then cause the US government to wind up state of censorship.

SOPA’s proponents regard this bill as a protection for US citizens and some corporations from foreign sites and the opponents argue the amounts to nothing else less than wholesale censorship with few regulation.

  1. SOPA, what is it?

SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act that was introduced by House Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith

SOPA is a companion bill to the Senate’s Protect IP Act that passes to the Senate a bit earlier .Protect IP aimed to target web companies that host unauthorized content from song , movies or software.

SOPA goes a bit further than the first bill , it is detailed in the points. It grants the official representatives powers to go after web sites that are using content , it makes many more people on the internet susceptible to legal action, it shut downs entire domains for the violation, even if it is indirect or unknowing.

2. Internet Piracy is Rampant in U.S. and Abroad

Michael O’Leary a witness for the Motion Picture Association of America told congress that this is fundamentally about a job.

Internet Piracy is Rampant abroad and in US

On-line piracy from business side of view is a huge problem for America and it will be so up to the 2012. The chamber of commerce is estimating Us companies lose for about $135 billion a year.

In the future, SOPA would allow for much bigger returns on these companies’ investments, and could stop the industry from shrinking, cutting jobs and whole sectors. Piracy’s ripple effect goes beyond companies and studios, even some artists within them, all this can affect thousands of businesses working within the entertainment , retail industries.

3. But It’s Not Just About Internet Piracy

SOPA’s proponents argue that online infringement has become an epidemic. In order to combat such flagrant abuses of copyright legislation, extreme measures must be taken.

SOPA’s proponents argue about on-line infringement. Those who are in favor of the bill argue that violators should be targeted. One of the bloggers for the MPAA has informed : “SOPA will target rogue sites deliberately engage in the illegal including movies and television shows for profit.” This type of the bill would go after websites like Megavideo and

SOPA legislation however, just like sister-bill Protect IP, is written in very broad, vague terms, meaning even sites that use song clips, or create GIFs using scenes from copyrighted movies, could potentially be forced to remove the content or be shut down entirely.

In order to qualify as a violation of SOPA, this is all the site needs to be directed toward the U.S. and either “engage in, enable, or facilitate” infringement” or be taking steps “avoid confirming a high probability” of copyright infringement.”

Similar sweeping legislation affects every share-content side on the web nowadays, especially in Tumbrl accounts and sites like

Opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act pointed out many ways in which the censorship is hidden in the proposed legislation barely differs from china’s censorship of Google, it is some kind of phenomena that many Americans are fond of decrying by means of the regular basis.

The electronic frontier foundation has been instrumental in compiling a series of articles on the overarching effect of the SOPA and Protect IP.

4. SOPA has a power to make sites disappear with information

SOPA would require service providers to disappear websites with violating copyright content, it evolves web security and at the same time censors entire sites.

Digital Millenium Copyright Act grants immunity to web sites for posting content on the site by users. SOPA blurs the distinction between the site’s host and those who posted there. Sites could be punished simply for doing nothing to police their site even in case the owner did not placed anything illegal.

SOPA is allowed to send entire domains to the blacklist, it means turning off thousands of web sites associated with the offender. Type in the URL of the targeted website as well as all this is direct and indirect.

It also means that what happened to Wikileaks via voluntary censorship could now occur in a systematized and streamlined way, as long as someone, somewhere, believes their IP rights are being violated.

5. SOPA could create on-line monopolies

Computer world has been focusing on the Act’s effect on advertising nets and payment sites.

Without needing to consult Congress DMCA safe harbor laws or judge’s verdict that is guilty the payment processor or advertisement service would have several days to cut off financial support, these series are granted for any actions that are being taken at the request of content users. The entire site would be financially choked off with the owners to realize the situation.

Search engines like Google and Yahoo could also fit under this bill, meaning any violation of privacy laws, even in one post on one page of the site, could remove it from being searched online.

As the history of the DMCA has shown content owners send complaints that turn out to be bogus that ensure al content even that which in the form of movie stills and in several seconds song clips is under purview.

6. SOPA and its future , not present

SOPA’s biggest critics and most diehard supporters find one of the thing they can agree: this bill and its sister Protect IP, they are likely to possess a huge effect on the future of the Internet affecting everything from the security of the DMCA for shaping the sites and some systems going viral everyday.

Facebook would be even more embroiled in advertisements and big media than it s today. Google would block more than two-thirds of all tumbrl accounts.

7. The Internet is Fighting Back

Tumbrl took a dramatic stand against SOPA back when Congress began debating it in November 16 treating users with the word ”Censored” written across it in all-caps.

EFFS ‘s website and some other online communities have pulled similar steps to demonstrate the effect of legislation.

“Since their enactment in 1998, the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions for online service providers have been a cornerstone of the U.S. Internet and technology industry’s growth and success,” the letter read.

In combating online piracy, “we should not jeopardize a foundational structure that has worked for content owners and Internet companies alike and provides certainty to innovators with new ideas for how people create, find, discuss and share information lawfully online.”

Google, twitter, Facebook, Zynga have all signed a letter to congress opposing the bill and the Protect IP Act citing the importance of the DMCA and offering to cooperation in some ways.

Since the letter’s publication European Parlaiment has adopted a resolution against this bill putting the stress on protection the integrity of the global internet and freedom of social communication.


Internet Censorship. Websites in Hollywood Battling

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
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The first item on the U.S. Senate’s agenda for 2012 pits Hollywood together with Silicon Valley. It is a vote on PIPA — a bill called the Protect IP Act. The bill is meant to stop the copying of “intellectual property” online — music, movies, books and so forth — but opponents find it nothing less than Internet censorship.

PIPA and a bill in the House – SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, – were presented as a way to protect movie studios, record labels. Supporters come from the Country Music Association to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

But major players in the online world, including Facebook , Google, Tumblr and Twitter, say the bills require Internet provider blocking websites involved in digital file sharing. Search engines such as Google Bing, Yahoo could be stopped from linking to them – antithetical, to the ideal of open Internet.

The battle has become bitter enough, it was suggested that primary websites might go dark – perhaps replacing their home pages appealing to stop the two bills.

“Internet blackout’ would obviously be both drastic ” said NetCoalition in his statement. “We hope that the Senate will cancel its scheduled vote so that it will be possible to get back to working with members raised by the MPAA [Motion Picture Association of America] .”

The owners of major Internet companies state they grant the music publishers and Hollywood studios have a problem – people are stealing the movies and music, making digital copies and offering them to download, often from foreign websites.

“More than 2.2 million middle-class people in all 50 states depend on the entertainment industry for the jobs and many millions work in other industries relying on intellectual property,” said Michael O’Leary of the Motion Picture Association of America. The Recording Industry Association of America provide some restrictions.


Good News For SmartHide V.I.P. and Two Continents Subscription Users

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Today we have some new things that we implemented to make the process of port forwarding easier on Personal USA IP or Personal EUR IP. This opportunity will help advanced users to configure personal SmartHide connection according to personal preferences.

We have improved the port forwarding process considerably. Before that, some users had issues with port forwarding. Now all these issues are fixed and the work with ports is smooth and stable.

Port Forwarding is a technology used to connect to your local Computer behind NAT (NAPT) from the Internet. The process of accessing means the directing of certain Ports traffic from external IP of a router to any computer in the local network.

This port forwarding is helpful when someone use peering networks (p2p) or there is a need to set up a server on a local computer with the access to the Internet. Moreover, port forwarding is used for multiplayer online games (MMOG).


Internet Сensorship Weekly Report: Russia, Venezuela, South Korea ,Thailand

Thursday, January 19th, 2012


Recently famous blogger and a leader of anti-corruption protest, Alexei Navalny was taken to prison for 15 days on charges. This person was one arrested last week in protests against political corruptive actions in the country. Navalny is leading voice in demanding political and social reform in Russian Federation, spreadheading on-line campaign directed against present Prime Minister V.Putin for the past couple of years.

Political decent grows in this come country, state starts new affairs in the offensive sphere. Last week for example the interior ministry suggested some issues concerning internet anonymity. Major – general A. Moshkov stated: “social web with its advantages too often give a potential threat for the basics of society ”. He states the goal of the ban presented would be to strike political radical point of view not to provide a potential threat for society. The arrest of Navalny aroused much questions. This may be the beginning of campaign pressuring sites and tech companies, social media sites starting real name policies.

EFF stands by in providing the rights for user anonymity on-line, it opposes some attempts to impede the necessary rights in the name of government security.


Accounts on twitter where all the critics is placed , the critics about Chavez regime was attacked by the wave of hacking the past months by a group of presidents’ policies. Global voices gave a report recently that collected some reactions of activists, artists, scholars who had the accounts compromised.

Many speculated that the government is responsible for the hacking. The group N33 prepared a press release made in Spanish. They claimed their motivation to silence critics of the president. They have even asked Twitter closing paradoic accounts of Chavez, the company continues ignoring the requests.


On Thursday American blogger recently sentenced to two and half years in Thai prison for publishing and translating excerpts of King Bhumibol Adulyadej biography on his blog , a Thai- born U.S. citizen denied the charges but pleaded some guilty in October for lessening the sentence.

We are witnessing a game of command imposed on Thai netizens. Since then it office, Prime Minister Yingluck shinawarta has shown it to be much more worse then it was expected.

The U.S. government acknowledged the news that stated that it is a great trouble of the incident, it is not known exactly what the state department would take as an action on behalf.

EFF gives the Reports With no Borders in the arrest of activists, bloggers, journalists in this country.

South Korea

The Communication Standards commission of this country recently launched a campaign monitoring ‘’illicit content” on social sites. A team that numbers eight members will be charged with the task of studying sites such twitter, Facebook, smartphone applications for illegal content that refers to gambling, false information, drug abuse etc.”

Officials claim they enacted the program in order to limit North Korean propaganda as a part of wide crackdown on national sympathies for the neighboring states. Critics of the program however dispute it is a cover for the real motivation of silencing voices dissident to the government. The commission should immediately cease its anachronistic act of freedom of expression.

EFF expresses negative opinions concerning attacks of free on-line expression specially for South Korea’s history of censorship and legalizing in the name of copyright.


Users and Hackers Ponder Over the Notions of Censoring and Surveying the Internet

Friday, January 13th, 2012
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Among corporations who expand international membership Telecomix is leading Once upon a time in summer protests in Arabian countries and government crackdowns led to the loss of thousand people, strange events happened in Syria web space too. Instead of main searching machines such as Google and facebook Arabic users have found strange Arabic script.

Then the webpage screened switched to a white colour gave some instructions on using free encryption, anonymity software like Tor, true crypt which evade censorship. The text placed above was round there also were some mysterious symbols hovering around pyramid decorated by lightning bolts. There were placed symbols like Telecomix and the moto: “We come in peace”.

Telecomix is a team of international hackers who scan the Syrian webspace in a massive sweep together with 700 000 target connections, they have its members in Germany, France, U.S. what they do is compromising cisco systems network switches finding other devices passwords.

Hackers also post their findings in a document. American member of the group uses handle Punkbo that is built by the Sunnyvale. The Syrian machine’s logs showed web activity of thousands users. On the whole he had discovered American technology that uses a brutal dictatorship spy on its citizens.

In order to understand the exact actions of Syria one should track source that providing the technology. The company did not respond to Forbes requests for being interviewed. The industry faces new questions about tech issues for how their products are deployed.

Telecomix observes that blue coat discovery as a point in the group mission. Fighting for free speech including any Western tech firm aiding the wrong side. The only solution is to hack a few boxes, it is the motivation driving hackers deeper in the networks.

Hackers of Telecomix break into great number of Syrian home routers and set them to show users warning web page about wrong actions of surveillance.

Telecomix break Syrian law. Some traditional appreciate their work. Active hacking networks is some kind of a game for Telecomix. Unlike hacker’s group it began with opposing the European Union, industry influenced laws would cut web access for copyright files.

With juvenile pranks, Telecomix was born political. This group is created at a conference in 2009.

The hackers published the phone numbers of members of EU parliament convincing the copyright Swedish site that posted a link on homepage. At the time the site got high level of attendance.

There exist some kind of a humour, the group is serious about its work, uprisings of the Arab spring have brought its goals into the sharper focus. Few days of protests in Egypt Hosni Mubarak led to the shutting down the web access in this countries.

A fateful fluke of stumbling onto the Blue Coat led to the Telecomix scanning of the Syrian web space.

There were disputes devoted to ethical and unethical use of products is simply to distinguish.

Documents published by WikiLeaks show 160 firms advertising surveillance gear. British firm Gamma International brags can spy users of Gmail, iTunes, Skype.


Internet Piracy Cannot Be Reconsidered With Web Censorship, States Cato’s Julian Sanchez

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Web censorship is not the respond to web piracy, answered Cato Institute research fellow Julian Sanchez. According to Sanchez, web censorship won’t address the problem of piracy, but it will stifle innovation of American society.

It is not just a business, according to Sanchez who states that if USA abandon the principle of a free and open web access, “the only difference between the USA and China is what on the blacklist”

“The industry instinct is to destroy any innovation disrupting the business patterns or dangers the way the are used in doing these things” – said Sanchez.


Another SmartHide Edition Is Ready To Be Published v.2.4.368

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

SmartHide is ready to release another update of its software. As always, it looks modern and all the users will notice an increase in stability and speed of Internet connection.

1. The main innovation in a new release for Windows is an improved Portable edition performance.

2. Another great thing is that now everyone can use full or portable SmartHide with other Open VPN at once at the same PC.

3. SmartHide users now are able to run SmartHide Portable with a key “/notapinstall” which means that software will check if there’s already appropriate TAP driver in the system and will use it. If there’s no TAP driver in the system, SmartHide will suggest to install it.

When SmartHide Portable (with /notapinstall key) session is over, TAP driver won’t be removed as it happened in older Portable editions. It ensures the performance of other clients that use this driver. It is also should be noted that even if TAP driver is installed with SmartHide and used itself by SmartHide, the key above won’t allow to delete a driver when software is switched off.

4. SmartHide Update process became faster and easier.

5. Moreover, our tech specialists fixed some little issues in software and on the VPN side.

How to download a new edition?

All registered users can download the latest edition in:

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Also we have added an interesting article called How to not install TAP driver every SmartHide Portable launch or launch key /notapinstall?


Playing Judge

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
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I have asked several publications in order to get the idea proposed by web censorship in India, my views are not at all comprehensively represented anywhere, here is the conclusion one should be opened for the criticism.

Why not deal with defamatory in nature or something that is concerned with it. Mechanism in place where the content can be removed while the content is flagged, it violates the conditions and terms. The key problem who will play the judge. Perhaps Kapil Sibal is right person for playing judge. Is it Facebook or Twitter or Google? Do take IT rules analyzed in April, the government in India gives a judgment for the social networking sites that are in position for making a judgment or forcing to comply written requests for changing.

The method of looking at it is that I need to save my face that is why I will block it. If the networking site is not blocked then the government can pass to the ISP and then get the block access for the network site. So finally who must play judge? If there’s an issue, then take it to court, the society mandated the responsibility , Google or Sibal. Have a committee with the judges and then be transparent about the reasons.

What is happening for the present moment is the search for creating something for example a set of guidelines, the legal process is cumbersome, too long, it is impossible and unviable for someone to do it. Can you expect these people judging what kind of content people put online before it rises up? It will kill messaging system and reorganize meaningful conversations and discussions.

The IT rules usually provide safety, but they are flawed, one of my fears is that something may actually be used to make the IT rules look true too life. People will be furious about suggestions but in comparison accept arbitrary and opast post-censorship which is what the IT rules allow. The IT rules need to be amended.

How can we allow the government to settle the question about can be posted on the web and what not. I expect humans to go through what is personal message between us, it is really ridiculous. What can we tell about the privacy?

The construct of social communities can be considered into account. On Twitter every information can be visible to everyone. Using Facebook profile users can choose an image or message to friends or group. Google : one can showcase the content to different circles of audience. This space is evolving. It is private – this line gives the difference between the platforms and intentions. It should be poorly thought out how to protect the privacy.

Just target twitter, Facebook , Google? The entire web possess malicious content. What are you going to do about the entire expanse of the web? How will you stop it? It is like saying that there is a crime happened somewhere or something else, one can check the intent of every individual before he steps out.

What do they think about? Some abuse actions in the streets in India all the time, it is not the same in the net. The official representatives are using as a ruse for bringing to the web, it is taking the worst scenario and using justifying all forms of censorship. It is some kind of slippery slope that can be either made either as guidelines allowing arbitrary censorship, not transparent at all, they are not transparent at all – using national security as normal excuse.

I am not much of a lawyer but it seems to me there are laws for every single one of the concerns the government must have. Defamation is defamation and abuse is abuse. The viral nature of the web is some kind of issue, it can be an excuse for opening the web. We have a choice: according to it the adults can be responsible for the conduct and must choose the words they pronounce and also be responsible for their children.

I have some other concern and we must agree with it- we seem to have become very sensible. A certain sense of irreverence that has been lost in society and we are so touchy about it. The internet is the place where someone can start a hatshtag what is rather critique of the person.

Sibal is trying to address the wrong part of trouble – instead of the government that controls – they are trying to curtail some expression that can lead to violence, it is usually because of religious or political opportunism.

My vision of this is the Internet and its final frontier for freedom of expression, governments are now worried about organizing the opinion and activity that it allows, it is threatening the outdated ways of governing.