Congressional Staffer Says SOPA Protests 'Poisoned The Well', Failure To Pass Puts Internet At Risk

from the seriously? dept

Yikes. About a month ago, we wrote about some comments by Congressional staffer Stephanie Moore, the "Democrat's chief counsel on the House Judiciary Committee," in which she still couldn't come to grips with the fact that the public rose up against SOPA -- insisting that it must have been some nefarious "misinformation" campaign. We went through, in a fair amount of detail, how the misinformation was coming from her. It appears that Moore has decided to go even further down this path and express her general distaste for the public. During a panel discussion at the American Constitution Society's 2012 National Convention, covered by BNA, Moore was a panelist and apparently decided to totally mock the public and make the ridiculous claim that the failure to pass SOPA puts the internet at risk:
“Netizens poisoned the well, and as a result the reliability of the internet is at risk,” Moore said
Think about that for a second. That entire sentence is so incredibly insulting. Millions of people spoke out against bad legislation. The public spoke out, and Moore is so against the basic concept of democracy that she has to claim that millions of people expressing their political opinion is "poisoning the well." And how in the hell is "the reliability of the internet at risk" because Congress failed to pass a horrifically bad piece of legislation aimed at censoring sites one industry didn't like? Please.

The report goes on to a bunch of additional insulting comments from Moore towards the public, including the claim that "We don't know what the numbers mean," regarding the number of people who contacted Congress on January 18th. Here, I'll help you out: it means that a very large segment of the American population realized you were trying to push through a bad bill as a favor to some big Hollywood donors, and they didn't like it. What was so hard to understand about that?

On the same panel was lawyer Steve Metalitz, who represents a number of entertainment industry interests, and whom many people have suggested has had a major hand in the creation of SOPA/PIPA/ACTA and other such proposals. He also had some ridiculous things to say, including supporting the idea that DNS blocking was no problem. His reasoning? Lots of other countries censor the internet, why shouldn't the US? I'm not kidding:
“Most countries in the world already have this option at their disposal to deal with this problem,” Metalitz said during the ACS discussion. “If site blocking broke the internet, then the internet would already be broken.”
Metalitz is wrong. Either his misinformed or he's lying. Even SOPA supporters admitted that there are only thirteen countries that enable DNS blocking. That's not "most." Oh, and the thirteen? China, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Burma (Myanmar), Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. This is not a list that we should want the US to be added to. And he's being disingenuous in saying that "the internet would already be broken." No one claimed that the internet as a whole would stop working if you put DNS blocking in place. But every single competent security technology expert pointed out that it would have significant negative impact on how important security systems would work. Hell, even Comcast (owner of NBC Universal -- the main corporate backer of SOPA) admitted that DNS blocking was incompatible with important DNS security technologies.

Who do we trust? A lawyer with zero computer security/networking knowledge, or pretty much every security expert around? Sorry, but I vote with the experts.

According to the report, Metalitz and Moore then teamed up to misrepresent the free speech concerns that people had about SOPA. They did so by insisting there were no such concerns and that the First Amendment and copyright law could not be in conflict:
Similarly, Metalitz said that the opposition's argument that “copyright means censorship is simply untrue.” He added, “I understand that in debates like this there is going to be over simplification, but this is a dangerous one for those that care about free expression.”

Moore agreed that the free speech concerns were misplaced. “The First Amendment argument is not appropriate in this context,” Moore said. “The First Amendment is part of copyright. They are not in tension.”
Thankfully, it sounds like there was strong pushback in the audience from folks like professor Lateef Mtima, but really, both Moore and Metalitz are once again being totally disingenuous. No one said that copyright itself means censorship. They said that overly broad copyright laws can and are used for censorship. This is not a hypothetical. We've already seen how Russia specifically used copyright law to stifle political speech from opponents. And right here in the US, we have the unfortunate story of the federal government censoring popular hip hop blogs for over a year by falsely accusing them of copyright infringement, shutting them down, and then denying them their day in court.

Frankly, both Moore and Metalitz owe those blog owners an apology. But, of course, no one involved in that situation has ever apologized. Much better to just flat out deny that copyright could ever be used for censorship. Here in the real world, that's called being in denial. You can't deny facts, but both Moore and Metalitz seem to have spent this entire panel doing exactly that.

Either way, given their roles in supporting SOPA and their refusal to understand the concerns against it, it seems likely that we haven't seen the last of horrible, dangerous legislation and international trade agreements from people like Moore and Metalitz.


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    blaktron (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:15am

    See, the problem is that they need SOPA/PIPA in order to shutdown future widespread protests over bad bills. This is a catch 22 they are stuck in now and it sure seems to piss off the bureaucracy...

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:22am

    Can I borrow a cup of "civil"? I'm all out.

    "Those who make peaceful protest impossible will make violent protest inevitable."
    –John F Kennedy (paraphrased)

     

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    Dominic Sayers (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:27am

    DNS blocking

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:28am

    That they can't come to terms with how broken our existing IP laws are before they start wondering why no one wants IP expansion is quite amazing.

     

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    What on earth?!, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:28am

    Moore is quoted as saying "“Congress was criticized for not being tech savvy, but from a lot of the comments we got it became clear that the people who were calling us did not understand the bill any better than we did,” Moore said. "

    So, firstly Moore appears to be asserting that she and some other unnamed folks did not understand the bill.

    Then she asserts that it is apparent folks ringing to complain did not, but if the first part is true then Moore is not fit to judge that, and neither is she fit to judge whether anyone who suggested as much did so truthfully and accurately.

    So the only thing we can be certain of is that Moore seems to think she does not understand the bill and for some reason suspects others don't as well.

     

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    blaktron (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:31am

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    Of course. If the average voter understands the bills his representatives are passing, then they have clearly failed.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:35am

    Another clanker from Moore:
    “Activism is welcome on the Hill, but the volume of the noise cannot always dictate what policies we enact,” she said. “There's this thing called 'mob rule', and its not always right.”

    There's this thing called corruption and another thing called cronyism and they are never right.

     

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    A Guy (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:43am

    WE poisoned the well. Right. These people poisoned themselves by attacking what they were sworn to protect.

    Look out guys, the lawyers are warning the engineers about the limitations of our technology.

    You cannot legislate physics. If the lawyers really want a technology that works the way they WISH it worked, they can become engineers. When you're done programming the artificial intelligence that can somehow evaluate the copyright status of a 1 or 0 reliably and has an enforcement mechanism that won't target legitimate expression let the rest of us know. You may be in the running for a Nobel prize.

     

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    hfbs (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:43am

    "The report then goes to to state that the thick envelope, later found to contain a large sum of money, handed to Moore after he made his speech, totally did not come from the MAFIAA"

     

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    hfbs (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:44am

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    *she, *her. I got confused by that Steve bloke.

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:48am

    uh oh

    "It appears that Moore has decided to go even further down this path..."

    We knew it wouldn't be long before seeing The Carreon Effect in action.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:48am

    Man... Why does this bitch have to get all Nancy Kerrigan up in the mother fucker..

     

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    brian, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:48am

    from they article you linked

    “Congress was criticized for not being tech savvy, but from a lot of the comments we got it became clear that the people who were calling us did not understand the bill any better than we did,”

    So basically Congress didn't understand what they were trying to do either? That statement all by itself says it was a bad idea.

    brian

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:50am

    I wonder how blocking sites can make internet "reliable"... Young people might not know everything about copyright, yes, but there's already enough "education" for them in the form of deleted YouTube videos and stupid warnings on DVDs. Therefore, most people are fully aware of what exactly they're doing when they download copyrighted material. Its their choice.

    With the site filter in place, you can't visit some page, maybe you're told that it contains some infridging materials. But since you can't access the page, how can you be sure what kind of info it contained? How can you be sure it was really copyright infridgement, or some other info somebody didn't like? How on Earth is that "reliable" if you don't even know what exactly was blocked?

    Scary stuff... Also, they sound as though there already were cases of death by pirated media. Were there?

     

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    Machin Shin (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:50am

    Little kids

    These people just never cease to amaze me. They are acting like a little kid who got his hand smacked for reaching into the cookie jar. They are now trying to run to Daddy with the sad "Mommy hit me" sob story.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:50am

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    Us vs. Them

    The government by the people for the people is long forgotten.

    The gov is anti-citizen and it will only get worse.

    We need to ask ourselves where this is all going.
    Whats the endgame?

    Ill tell you. A total control grid where every action is monitored. Every move is captured on video. And when the technology catches up, every thought scrutinized.

    A new bill of rights needs to be drafted to account for technology and the abuse of human rights it allows.

    Conspiracy you say? See me in 20 years.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:52am

    Once again, I hope that many of Congress reads TechDirt and gets a clue. Congress is being watched by the world. Accepting fat envelopes from lobbyist are not serving the office or the people. Thankfully, the people of the world are watching.

    So, go ahead politicians, make disrespect comments about the people of the Internet. Seems they have a way of making sure that they heard you.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:58am

    Re: Little kids

    Never worked in my house. Dad would just ask "why did mom hit you"? Then Dad would hit me... twice. Once for the original and another for trying to play both sides.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:00am

    Re: Can I borrow a cup of "civil"? I'm all out.

    Rex84 and continuity of government. They are ready for us.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:03am

    Re:

    What our government is doing is not only not on the same page with what's in the public interest, it's not even in the same book. Their book is entitled 'how to get rich by scamming the public: how you can benefit from corporate campaign contributions and revolving door favors by being a corporate tool like Ron Kirk'.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:04am

    Re: DNS blocking

    "Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them. This is wrong."

    Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them. This is wrong, that's our job.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:06am

    Re:

    Send you representative links. I do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:15am

    The public spoke out, and Moore is so against the basic concept of democracy that she has to claim that millions of people expressing their political opinion is "poisoning the well."

    Was she a hippie or something? You know how people who get ripped for something then turn around and start "calling other people out" for the same thing, only entirely out of context?

    "Poisoning the well" is what happened in the 60's when "protesters" went well overboard nationwide and would take over an administration building for things like "we don't like the candidate for student body president".

    I'm guessing, though, she simply doesn't like the taste of the water she's been drawing lately. Nobody thinks of the entitled! Somebody please think of the entitled.

     

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    A Guy (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:22am

    Re: Re: Can I borrow a cup of "civil"? I'm all out.

    I'm going to call this a bit over the top. If there is anything that probably won't be at the top of the priority list in the event of civil insurrection or war on American soil, it's copyright law.

     

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    Quawonk, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:23am

    "Failure To Pass Puts Corporate-Controlled Internet At Risk"

    Fixed it.

     

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    Rich Kulawiec, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:26am

    It never ceases to amaze me...

    ...how mere ignorant newbies like this actually have the audacity to believe that their brief and severely limited experience with the Internet has somehow given them the wisdom and insight necessary to make decisions about its future. Even those of us who've been here for more than a little while don't have all the answers: but at least we have the requisite background to ask the right questions.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:42am

    Metalitz and Moore, stop trolling us you tossers!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:43am

    This year I will be refusing to Vote for either of these Big Corrupt and Dysfunctional Parties.
    This year I break the cycle of my life where I was never happy Voting for the Establishment and so I only Voted with the old "Lesser of Two Evils" Mentality.
    This year I go elsewhere as that is the only way to Peacefully end this BS.
    This year I came to realize how if things do not change we will see some very bad and scary times in the very near future.
    Fuck You MAFIAA !
    Fuck You Washington Politics !
    Romney you are an Etch-A-Sketch !
    Obama you are a liar and a hypocrite !

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:44am

    Dear Stephanie Moore,

    Stop lying, and fuck off until you actually understand the basics of this funny thing calld "Democracy" you claim to represent.

    Regards,
    Netizens everywhere.

     

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    Chris Brand (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:54am

    I think I understand

    When she said "poisoning the well", I think she meant "poisoning the trough".
    Poor piggies...

     

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    Bryan, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:55am

    Just a bunch of people practicing The Big Lie. If you tell it big and bold enough, and often, the stupid uninformed population will believe it. It's worked before. The free internet is the biggest thorn to people like this, which is why they want to get control over it. Imagine people like this deciding what information people should or shouldn't see. What a disaster that would be. The next step is to publicly humiliate and shame these people back to the holes they crawled out of, this article and others like it should be mainstream.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 9:59am

    "Netizens poisoned the well, and as a result the reliability of the internet is at risk"

    Yep, things would have been MUCH more reliable if people who owned content were easily able to censor that content on other websites that dare publish it. That way the sites would have to pay up, and you would have to pay up to those sites. That would reduce web traffic, and make things MUCH more reliable from decreased demand!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 10:02am

    Re: Dear Stephanie Moore,

    Stop lying, and fuck off until you actually understand the basics of this funny thing calld "Democracy" you claim to represent.

    Regards,
    Netizens everywhere.


    Aren't you from the UK? Why don't you piss off and worry about the situation in your own fucked up country? Seriously dude, go bow before your Queen or grovel at the feet of Lord Douchebag instead of presuming to lecture anyone outside of the Third World on democracy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 10:09am

    so, the internet worked perfectly fine without SOPA and similar laws but because the introduction of those laws was stopped by the people who use the internet the most, ordinary citizens, the internet will now fail because those laws are not in place?

    where the hell do these people come from? do you go looking for them in person, Mike? talk about know all, know sod all! they need kicking out of their jobs as soon as possible and put into the real world!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 10:19am

    Re: DNS blocking

    Heck, add the rest of europe. I know for a fact Denmark, Sweden, France and Germany have similar blockings. Same goes for Common wealth.

    When it comes to DNS-blocking Steve Metalitz is most likely completely correct.

    If it is a good idea, however, has nothing to do with how widespread it is...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 10:19am

    Re: uh oh

    Damn I was just going to post the following:

    Carreon Effect anyone?

    Oh well, fuck it. The more people that use it, the more it will be accepted.

     

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    Machin Shin (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 10:20am

    Re: Re: Little kids

    That I think is exactly what needs to happen here. These idiots need a sound beating and being sent to their room.

    Then maybe we can put someone competent in their place?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 10:40am

    Re: Re:

    Politicians look at the severely inflated numbers and yadayada.

    Trueth is that China is looking for knowledge and without protecting the knowledge we have in the western world we cannot squeeze as much money from the chinese development. There are clear references of protecting the rich world from the growing economy in the rest of the world to avoid diluting economy. When you realise that, it gets even harder to knock down the censorship-promoters since they have an argument of national interest which resonates to eternity with nationalists.

    Politicians do not care about anything that does not fly with voters and being against something with a possible nationalistic strawman on the back of it is just a no-go.

     

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    Rapnel (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 10:55am

    Re: Re: Dear Stephanie Moore,

    Hey!? Aren't you from "who gives a fuck"!? If you're seriously offended by location based opinions sourced from outside the realm of your own you have fucking issues. Tool.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 10:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Can I borrow a cup of "civil"? I'm all out.

    Over the top, not at all. The second an uprising starts, it will be Marshall law, the Constitution will be suspended, and our gulags will be opened up for dissenters and undesirables.

    My comment was in response to:
    "Those who make peaceful protest impossible will make violent protest inevitable."

    –John F Kennedy (paraphrased)

     

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    Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 11:00am

    Re: Re: Dear Stephanie Moore,

    Seriously? So you think her approach is democratic? Does the fact that someone is not american mean they can't point out bull when they see it without you getting all rambo'd up?

    There is not a single truly democratic government in the world, including both the UK and US and I suspect the above Mr Eejit might agree. More than this, those that profess to be are getting observably less democratic every time they knee-jerk against some imagined threat or pass laws firmly and obviously weighted to favour of those with millions over the majority of the populous.

     

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    TDR, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 11:09am

    I think she might have just been annoyed that she ran out of Perri-Air to breathe. She and the other Spaceballs in DC already used up their own air supply long ago. Oxygen deprivation does addle the mind, after all.

     

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    blaktron (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 11:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Can I borrow a cup of "civil"? I'm all out.

    lol, Martial law (as in military), not Marshall law. I see it everywhere on the 'net, makes me laugh every time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 11:50am

    Re: Re: Dear Stephanie Moore,

    Oo Trolling?

    At the core of the deep division between politics and the Internet is the fact that BGP in and of itself does not necessitate or even recognize by inherent traits any international borders. Paradigm A, Paradigm B ("East Coast / West Coast"). In its ideal, the Internet is a medium for every human on Earth, not just the Euros or the Americans.

    To governments, the Internet took a global economy and effectively interconnected all consumers world wide. Attempts to nationalize control away from international cooperation are further illustration of leaders just not understanding the Internet OR a global economy, much less the benefits the Internet brings to our global economy.

    Personally I view the Internet as global resource, and when any national venue tries to exert control, I welcome Netizens world round in raising their virtual pitchforks at the clueless.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 11:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Can I borrow a cup of "civil"? I'm all out.

    What, you don't think the Chinese American street fighter will show up in the event of such a happening and set everyone straight with his powerful Jeet Kune Do style?

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 12:10pm

    Re: Re: Dear Stephanie Moore,

    Hey, I'm free to bitch at my MP and those who claim to represent democracy in the UK. I'm an equal-opportunity whiner, y'know! You guys don';t have an exclusive on morons deciding laws.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 12:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Can I borrow a cup of "civil"? I'm all out.

    What is the general put in charge has 'Marshall' for a last name? Then it'd be Marshall's Martial Law.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 12:17pm

    And the Carreon effect strikes again!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 12:34pm

    Re: Re: DNS blocking

    dey took arr joooooobs

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 12:59pm

    Re:

    After I posted this I realized that at least two other posters beat me to it.

    Ok, I think the term "Carreon effect" is now officially internet canon.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 1:02pm

    Typical apparatchik point of view

    Civil servants are notorious for thinking they know better than the public. There is admittedly some basis for this attitude - after all, we're the ones who elected the officials that appointed these "servants."

    Since they know from first hand experience how incompetent their bosses are, why should they have respect for those who elected them?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 1:25pm

    As a "netizen" I would like to suggest that if she feels unsafe with the internet as we "netizens" like and want it, then she perhaps the best course of action for her is to stay the hell off the web.

     

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    joey, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 1:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: DNS blocking

    DURKA DURR!

     

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    Chilly8, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 5:06pm

    Re: DNS blocking

    The British block by IP address.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 7:47pm

    No SOPA puts the Internet at risk? Yeah, clearly, because CEOs claimed that SOPA was needed to shut down sites satirising or parodying them. Now that we have no SOPA the world is fucked, I'm sure.

    The definition of copyright hasn't changed, my foot.

     

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    Anonymous Coward of Esteemed Trolling (profile), Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 6:16am

    Re: Re:

    ahhh....The great con on the people!
    Disinformation, to hide their corporate overlords.

    I wish we where wearing tinfoil hats.

     

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    Anonymous Coward of Esteemed Trolling (profile), Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 6:18am

    Worse than Carreon....true fucking story !

    *The corruption effect

     

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    Anonymous Coward of Esteemed Trolling (profile), Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 6:21am

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    You get it !

    Shame that others are so hateful of the others side that they ignore the corruptness.

     

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    Anonymous Coward of Esteemed Trolling (profile), Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 6:25am

    Yet America can be considered "Third World".
    That's still got fuck all to do with it.

    U.S try to force the GLOBAL CORPORATE POLICY.
    So it is every countries fucking business.

     

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    gglop (profile), Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 6:29am

    Of course a lot of people don't understand

    “Congress was criticized for not being tech savvy, but from a lot of the comments we got it became clear that the people who were calling us did not understand the bill any better than we did,”
    Of course a lot of people don't understand, but :
    - the congress should understand it, they are kinda paid for that
    - the people trusted other people that did understand it (google, wikipedia ...)

     

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    the hell, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 8:53am

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    No, all the people protesting understood it ten times more then any of the tech illiterates in congress ever will. When you're illiterate, you try to learn to read. So when you're tech illiterate, you should try to learn to use a computer instead of pressing stupidly bad laws on people who do. Moore is a terrible politician and she should feel bad about herself.

     

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    Red Scimitar, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 9:26am

    She HAS to say this

    Since she's the committee's paid counsel. SHE could not have been wrong - it had to be misinformation. Of course SHE did everything right and the bill should have passed.

    It was those pesky, pesky constituents. Congress would clearly be better served by serfs.

     

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    chocolateicecream, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 9:33am

    These assholes in congress obviously think they are superior to us. Her comments are about the most disgusting thing I've read, such as this:

    “Activism is welcome on the Hill, but the volume of the noise cannot always dictate what policies we enact,”


    May I remind you Ms. Congressional Staffer, you are supposed to work for *us* not for the RIAA/MPAA. You need to be summarily fired from your post. I for one will work hard to see that happens in November.

     

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    James, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 9:40am

    Re: DNS blocking

    While I don't agree with the UK government's decision to attempt to block the Pirate Bay, blocking one obviously infringing website is very different to being in favour of legislation that would give powers to the government to block websites with alarming ease and frequency.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 12:19pm

    dumb bitch left the kitchen

     

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    Jon, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 12:48pm

    Re: DNS blocking

    And Denmark and quiet possibly more countries.

    Most countries just don't DNS block as big as those 13

     

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    christopher moore, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 1:19pm

    stephanie moore sopa

    look she's my sister, and she's a grade a bitch, and embarrassment to the family, after she started making over 100k/year she quit talking to our parents and said she couldn't be involved with middle class anymore

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 2:24pm

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    Well, this particular quote seems rather reasonable actually. If most of the population wanted to legalize shoplifting and the movement gained a large amount of public support, it doesn't mean congress would do as the group wanted. Perhaps this is a bad example, but I hope you can see where I'm coming from here. Besides, Moore has plenty of other criticizable quotes for you to pick from anyway.

     

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    J Johnson, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 3:48pm

    Moore

    She knows the truth. However, she also is cynically playing for a job after her stint as an intern. She knows by making these kinds of comments and showing loyalty to media lobbyists, she can have a guaranteed job with them later.
    Just goes to show how against the public the media lobbyists really are.

     

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    Angry Voter, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 4:17pm

    All the occupational government wants is what every 3rd world dictatorship already has!

    Why are voters so MEAN????

    Every other dictatorship already has it!

     

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    Kev, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 4:54pm

    Congressional Staffer Says SOPA Protests 'Poisoned The Well', Failure To Pass Puts Internet At Risk

    vert de furk

     

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    gordon mulcaster, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 5:11pm

    sopa

    this woman attacks me how dare she.this woman is stupid,incompetent,negligent.lady go home where you belong.stop your lies.no one believes you.i voted against sopa and others.gordon mulcaster

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 9:19pm

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    Was she a hippie or something? You know how people who get ripped for something then turn around and start "calling other people out" for the same thing, only entirely out of context?


    Are you sure "hippie" is the word you're looking for? Isn't that, like, #2 in Karl Rove's evil playbook of political in-fighting, right after "figure out what your opponent's greatest strength is, and make it out to be a fatal weakness"?

     

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    gordon mulcaster, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 10:31pm

    sopa

    stephanie moore is a real fool.she has not the idea about what she mentions.sopa,pipa,acta are dangerous for internet users.stephanie resign go home where you belong.you are nothing but stupid,brainless,idiot,you can,t even tell the truth.no more lies stunned one.leave now no one wants you.

     

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    Jim Hannson, Jun 24th, 2012 @ 12:05am

    You have to be kidding me....

    You old bastards are so far up your Illuminati overlords asses it's amazing. Go fucking suck down a Satan sandwich. You will never defeat Jesus and Ron Paul. Hail your NEW lovable leaders!!! HAIL!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 25th, 2012 @ 7:24pm

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    Oliver Cromwell and English parliament, first steps toward modern democracy, look them up and go "liberate" a country and eat a ham burger while you're at it.

     

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    Niall (profile), Jul 4th, 2012 @ 7:36am

    Re: Re:

    Shoplifting has a demonstrable and quantifiable harm. Besides, it would also depend on how they did it.

    What if the government decided on behalf of prosthetic makers that anyone caught shoplifting had a limb removed? We make an almighty clamour, and then we're told we don't know anything and 'great harm' will come to shops and prosthetic makers if we don't go all guillotine-y...

     

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