Well this is sad news but what I would have expected in a dictatorship to just ram it home with no discussion or debate contrary to public opinion.
Canada sure must love ACTA when they are the only one single country to actually proceed to ratify it (in their secondary bill way). Even in the United States ACTA ratification has indefinitely stalled following the death of ACTA in the EU.
So Canada signs up to an International Trade Agreement composing of one country... so far. This would indeed mark a bad sign if ACTA returns to life.
Attacking Google is indeed only about making a news story when that is like asking the police to do some policing. Then yeah right people seeking paedophilia are really clueless as to the nature of the law on the matter.
On the other had them attacking certain sites on Tor Core is not unexpected but if any of their appointed services can crack that encryption nut remains to be seen. The British are not nearly as bad as those Americans for abusing granted powers but sure what power is granted for one crime soon expands into other crimes.
Then even if they do crack this dark net then only means a large technology upgrade to stop it happening again. So cat and mouse soon becomes cat and tiger.
Anyway more work by them to create pre-election stories where this is a case of damn technology it seems.
So the US Administration really wants to be accountable to no one which basically means their interpretation is complete bullshit where they just don't want people to laugh at how unlawfully they have acted.
Yet another example of Obama's Secret Government where all documents, as to their true operation, must be kept top secret, where even their existence is redacted, so that the US public is blissfully unaware of how many times they break and abuse the law.
Not that Obama created this system where he is just the willing new King sitting on this throne of turds.
Well this is only their Intelligence Committee which is obviously Intelligence biased where I guess passing this resolution highlights how Unintelligent many are.
I highly doubt the full Senate will pass this one simply turning all that is unlawful into lawful. Yeah let them ignore all the public disgust by saying "no problem here". Such supreme corruption would make people almost happy if "terrorists" exploded the Senate.
Well as already stated this one should not pass when it should be clear to most that the NSA has far exceeded what they have been authorised to do.
Had Obama been innocent then he would have welcomed Snowden exposing their law abuse but doing as he has only makes him King turd of this crap pile.
You do indeed have to wonder how unaccountable the Administration is these days when even Congress's oversight committee were clueless as to the true operation of the NSA. So would the President do much better?
Well Congress is supposed to set the laws the Administration operates under, or more correctly abuses, meaning they should have the power to reign them in. That conclusion then makes me wonder if these members of congress actually know what they are doing.
This is indeed a bad ruling bordering on insanity.
First is that rights holders have always been charged to police their own creations when no one but them can know what media is authorised and what is not. So RapidShare can now be sued for blocking authorised media and sued for not blocking unauthorised media. All for lacking telepathic abilities to know what others are thinking.
This problem is escalated because now all media is born under copyright if it wants to be or not. Before that rapist law change all media wanting copyright had to bare a clear copyright status.
As to external sites then they sure have a problem there when while RapidShare gets a referrer note when people click links to them this is fully lost if people copy and paste the address instead. So sites can pass into the unknown by making links unclickable. RapidShare can then only say many people like a file without knowing if the link has been made public as opposed to authorised family and friends.
Then they sure can't police the entire Internet along with all links to them. Due to an impossible position then RapidShare should consider blocking Germany. That would well highlight how unsafe a DMCA/EUCD safe harbour company actually is these days.
I loved the part where he branded David Cameron as the UK's biggest wanker.
The Internet is a place for adults but there are children in walled gardens and young teens at 4Chan. It helps none to try to turn an adult society into a children's playground which no adult would tolerate.
Let us recall that this censorship plan began on lies when they wanted to tackle unlawful porn. Most Internet users know they are over a decade late to that party when the Internet and Police cleaned up that issue during all this decade leaving the remains on Tor Core.
So they then switched to distasteful lawful porn like lolicon which the UK High Court branded as lawful because animated meant no victim being harmed. Distasteful aside had this been the USA then this censorship would be a first amendment violation.
Now the truth is revealed as they censor everyone's connection even those who don't have kids. Sure you can remove it with an ID check thus adding your name to a pervert's list to be held liable under law when any issues crop up.
Even worse is that David "dickhead" Cameron has ignored all expert advice pointing out that it is technically impossible to achieve. Cameron pushing forward bull headed only makes him a f**king moron.
So websites come by the millions where no ISP can judge them all, or even keep updated with daily changes, to be able to do even a reasonable job. Sure they can block a few of the main sites while those small fetish sites go uncensored due to simply being unknown. The God help them trying to sort out Flickr and Imgur where porn photo can appear randomly amongst the bulk.
Even worst when we run the "protect the children" plan then porn will only be the first victim as rude words and more get banned from the UK's Kindernet. I have seen child safe filters before and they were a total failure even blocking the ASCII archive an important collection about the history of BBS systems.
Then let is not forget proxy, VPN and Tor bypass methods that any kid can master being born and raised on computers. Indeed to brand this child safe is to distract adults from the reality making the problem far worse.
The real failure here is that David "Dickhead" Cameron is trying to fix a SOCIAL problem with TECHNOLOGY instead of tackling it on a social front.
In my family the problem is already resolved without any filtering being done. A laptop for the children's use is placed in the family room with the screen facing where adults sit meaning the children can visit their desired sites without straying from the safe path.
So how much money has our retarded Government spent advertising this social solution to the general population? None is it not? Does he really love children or his great British firewall?
Damn a cut off malfunction. No edit so to continue...
So the home of CP now are the dark nets like Tor Core but even there you wont find CP unless you go through many sites and links in an active hunt for it.
I have seen an UK adult site filter in action before on a mobile SIM but I gave up all hope on it when many adult sites were not blocked because they were unknown to them. Then many innocent sites did get blocked like the ASCII archive. Block ASCII art really?
So this mandatory policy only makes the situation worse by fooling parents into a false sense of security.
To top this off then it is well known that easy porn access has led to a large drop in sexual crimes. So to save us from standard porn would mean more people getting molested and raped.
Then all this in a country where national news papers read by all ages get women naked proving to all what topless women look like.
Let us be quite clear in that our fascist UK Government is only using Child Porn (and other lawful but distasteful porn) in order to block access to standard adult porn.
Not to overlook that just about every Internet using UK citizen is totally hating them for doing this.
Had they really wanted to attack child porn then they are over a decade too late to join that party. The Internet population did choose to self censor where with the aid of law enforcement the Web was cleaned. So let us be clear what they find now namely one questionable image on an otherwise adult site where even that image is simply a lawful age model who simply looks younger than her true age.
I have known people who just want maximum access to any and all media where they achieve this by pirating, hacking or buying what they can. They would want an all you can eat service at a fair price... but still want more.
Others just like the convenience, speed and quality of file sharing where once downloaded this new media slots in to their own personal media on demand system.
Then others prefer a try before they buy system. Their shelves of DVD, Blurays and CDs are already full with purchased media they rate as an AWESOME collection because they avoid crap media by sampling it first.
There are other reasons such as never wanting to fund the MAFIAA due to all the social harm they cause but I can offer one rare insight into piracy. This is that people are not immoral and corrupt where they know rights from wrongs and where if you talk to them they can offer very understandable motives even if you may not agree with their view.
At the end the day people's morals have been proved when pirates, with access to unlimited FREE media, are the BIGGEST SPENDERS on media.
The Internet is under attack on a global front where no matter in which country they strike we should always stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters to strike down such bad legislation.
We cannot allow the Internet to be harmed by those organization aiming to make a land-grab for control.
Good words indeed. It is also good to hear more from James Firth from Slightly Right of Centre when he is more knowledgeable about the Digital Economy Act than any other journalist that I have seen.
There is no question now that the DEA in an official yet unspoken coma going nowhere quickly. They have already wasted around £5.8 million, many of the copyright side already saw it as the wrong answer early on, those that do want to use it insist on most of the scheme being funded by public tax funds, they stand to annoy hundreds of thousands of people, not to forget some innocent people being punished, Hadopi proves no economic gain where it could actually be harmful to media sales, the LSE report said the DEA offered 'the wrong balance', OFCOM prove that pirates spend more on media because they are more engaged, not to forget better educated with better paid jobs.
So there is simply no good news here where the only answer now is to shut down and to repeal the DEA before more millions are wasted.
I have always said the DEA was doomed where that is now without doubt.
Damned system lost most of my posting so let me type it all again...
Yes we are deep in prohibition where the Government actively fights against the mass will of the population. Their attempts to maintain control become ever more desperate as the World changes around them.
The truth about streaming can be seen in the RojaDirecta case when after 3 strikes they are still not out. The DoJ losing against them in US Court sure removes the "willful" aspect in any US business that follows RojaDirecta's lawful streaming example.
So now they try anything to censor and to contain people sharing media. They obviously cannot win against public demand for long.
The World is soon to change. Most people realise that Copyright has gone too far where it needs to be curtailed to prevent such abuses. Evidence shows that sharing is not economically harmful so why try to stop people's chosen freedom to enjoy entertainment?
That was very nicely stated which covered all the main points we have mentioned. Had I been giving that speech I would have said much the same but a whole lot angrier along with a few choice rude words for those responsible.
About time someone said that where him and his mother are sure to make headlines.