Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Comments
SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
RobPreston
50%
50%
RobPreston,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/23/2012 | 3:03:02 PM
re: SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
I didn't "admit to be so clueless." That's your charge, not an admission on my part. And I clearly state in the column that SOPA/PIPA is bad legislation--that a better way is need to crack down on online content piracy. Google, among others, seems to think there's a better way, and so I exhorted Google and the others to propose that better way. If you don't think anything different needs to be done, fine, that's your prerogative.
JBERGLUND000
50%
50%
JBERGLUND000,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/23/2012 | 3:45:39 AM
re: SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
Check out this commercial we made to combat SOPA and PIPA!

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/35405496
anonymous4380093
50%
50%
anonymous4380093,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/21/2012 | 7:04:20 PM
re: SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
Companies should adapt to the internet. The interwebz should not be destroyed. It would displease.
westsyde
50%
50%
westsyde,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/21/2012 | 4:51:49 PM
re: SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
I'll make it easy on Rob since he probably is unaware of this case lacks time to look this information up for himself:

http://www.techdirt.com/articl...
westsyde
50%
50%
westsyde,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/21/2012 | 4:46:44 PM
re: SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
I am amazed that a supposed VP and editor-in-chief of InformationWeek would admit to be so clueless on the proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation, yet feel the need to opine with basically no real substance on what is proposed. You apparently had the time to draft up this opinion piece, but did not have time to read ANY of the legislation?

You harp that opponents of the bills need to craft up an alternative, then in your own article mention Google's efforts to do just that - so really what was the point of this article?

DCD222
50%
50%
DCD222,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/21/2012 | 1:46:03 AM
re: SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
"But due process still exists in this country, so I have trouble believing that the courts will sit on their hands while a fundamental constitutional principle is violated."

I stopped reading here. Anyone who wishes to know why should Google dajaz1

Tell me about your wonderful expectation of due process when it comes to these seizures then.
YMOM100
50%
50%
YMOM100,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/21/2012 | 12:10:24 AM
re: SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
People copy stuff because they want free stuff. Free software, free movies, free music. That shows that there is a strong interest in these products. People also like the convenience to pull content off the web within a minute and go watch the movie or listen to music. Since there is no money back guarantee on a DVD or CD it is not that odd that many rather circumvent the rules than pay up dearly for something they don't end up liking or in case of a movie or a book will not watch or read more than once. People also love flat rates. They love them for their cell phones, internet access, and Chinese buffets.
So why doesn't the almighty media industry come together, make one web portal for books, music, software, and movies and charge a flat rate per month or a per item charge. Make that per item charge be like a quarter for a movie and dime for a CD. Put an expiration date on it. Feel free to make that expiration clock in after a few days.
For example, I want to watch a movie right now. My cable provider charges 3.99 for a halfway decent movie. Netflix subscription was canceled long ago, mainly because their online catalog is pathetic. The Fire is not an option as I am chronically short on cash and don't want to spend 200 bucks for a digital shopping window. So, do I search through the endless amount of sleazy sites that often pass on more than just a movie (meaning virus, trojan, etc)?
What I would do without hesitation is pay a quarter, watch the movie, then throw it away. I wouldn't even cry if I disliked it. And if I really love it, why not offer to pay a bit more and keep it forever with the right to stream it to any device I like?
Will that eliminate all pirating? No, it will not, but the convenience of safe and cheap entertainment will easily win over people. And making pennies per piece means that selling a lot of units will make a lot of money. And a quarter per item is more than the media companies get now with pirated stuff, which is nothing.
Just think back when Napster was the place to get all kinds of music. Rather than to embrace the technology the media bullies killed it off. Only later Apple picked up that same idea, called it iTunes, and made bulkloads of cash with it. They understood that 99 cent songs are good business (although I still think that is expensive) if you sell a lot of them. And once the distribution rights are bought it all comes down to volume.
The RIAAs should have taken the money that they shoved into the behinds of flip-flopping politicians and team up with Apple or Amazon and throw the content for cheap at as many people as possible. Or roll your own to cut out the middlemen, but embrace the technology rather than fight it.
CarlosL2
50%
50%
CarlosL2,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/20/2012 | 11:46:49 PM
re: SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
Why do you think anything like SOPA is needed? Would you give the right to the Post Office to stop all deliveries to my address because a movie studio tells them that I am mailing illegal copies out of my house? That is not the way we currently practice law enforcement. We don't take your home address away, stop your utilities, or close your business because you are suspected of something. You take the person to court and let the legal system take care of it. Why should it be different for internet related crimes?
CHOWELL000
50%
50%
CHOWELL000,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/20/2012 | 9:19:03 PM
re: SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
The problem is the big companies do not play fair. Any solution needs to include the Due Process of Law and SOPA and PIPA do not. A site can be taken down with a claim or an accusation.

You Tube operates under the existing laws and look what happened last week. MegaUpload was taken down. As a sign of support the following celebrities produed a video in support of Mega Upload and it was posted on You Tube:
Will.i.am
P Diddy
Kanye West
Chris Brown
Jamie Foxx
Kim Kardashian
Lil John
The Game
Floyd Mayweather
Serena Williams
Ciara.

Universal Music made an accusation which forced You Tube to take this video down. Later upon realizing that Universal had no claim to the video, they put it back up. But it shows the lengths to which these companies will go to prevent ANY content from being available that they do not agree with. Blacklisting whatever they do not like.

SOPA and PIPA is the McCarthyism of our day!

Any solution, no matter who creates it, should not and cannot walk on our basic freedom of free speech. It should not burden the citizens to do the work that should be done by the legal procedures that govern copyright law.

We sitll seem to operate under an ownership concept that was born many years ago and violates "common sense" by today's culture.

We do not need SOPA and PIPA. We already have laws in place to prosecute piracy and they require the Due Process of Law. What is wrong with that?

I believe that what is really needed is a redefinition of what copyright ownership entitles an artist or media company to have. The definition of copyright of 20 to 30 years ago is not applicable to todays world. It protects "copies". In a digital world, everything we do creates a "copy".

New creations built upon existing ones (even those that are copyrighted) should not be considered a copy of the original. Otherwise, there would never be any innovation in the world. Most innovations are improvements or alternative uses built upon someone else's work.

Big Media may want to have things the way it was 20 years ago, but it cannot happen. We live in a different world. Deal with it !!!!

kshish
50%
50%
kshish,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/20/2012 | 8:32:41 PM
re: SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
The government can do it's job in policing piracy with current laws.

The solution is simple. The concerned business (Music Labels etc) should improve the mechanism in which they store and distribute their media. This means the CORPORATION pays for the expense of solving the problem, not me the taxpayer.

The fact that the internet makes things easier is a good thing. I don't even understand how this is getting support from Republicans. SOPA/PIPA are additional regulations which will unnecessarily burden the advancement of business.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>


COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/9/2020
Omdia Research Launches Page on Dark Reading
Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark Reading 7/9/2020
4 Security Tips as the July 15 Tax-Day Extension Draws Near
Shane Buckley, President & Chief Operating Officer, Gigamon,  7/10/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-15105
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
Django Two-Factor Authentication before 1.12, stores the user's password in clear text in the user session (base64-encoded). The password is stored in the session when the user submits their username and password, and is removed once they complete authentication by entering a two-factor authenticati...
CVE-2020-11061
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
In Bareos Director less than or equal to 16.2.10, 17.2.9, 18.2.8, and 19.2.7, a heap overflow allows a malicious client to corrupt the director's memory via oversized digest strings sent during initialization of a verify job. Disabling verify jobs mitigates the problem. This issue is also patched in...
CVE-2020-4042
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
Bareos before version 19.2.8 and earlier allows a malicious client to communicate with the director without knowledge of the shared secret if the director allows client initiated connection and connects to the client itself. The malicious client can replay the Bareos director's cram-md5 challenge to...
CVE-2020-11081
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
osquery before version 4.4.0 enables a priviledge escalation vulnerability. If a Window system is configured with a PATH that contains a user-writable directory then a local user may write a zlib1.dll DLL, which osquery will attempt to load. Since osquery runs with elevated privileges this enables l...
CVE-2020-6114
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
An exploitable SQL injection vulnerability exists in the Admin Reports functionality of Glacies IceHRM v26.6.0.OS (Commit bb274de1751ffb9d09482fd2538f9950a94c510a) . A specially crafted HTTP request can cause SQL injection. An attacker can make an authenticated HTTP request to trigger this vulnerabi...