As SOPA/PIPA Still Loom, Techies Already Creating Workarounds

from the of-course-they-are dept

While there’s still a fight over whether or not SOPA and PIPA will pass, it seems that people are already working up basic hacks to make the laws obsolete, should they pass. The folks behind MAFIAAFire, the browser plugin designed to route around ICE seizures has created a new offering, dreadfully named “The Pirate Bay Dancing,” which will route around any DNS or IP blocking by using a rotating list of proxy servers. If you thought that ICE was upset about MAFIAAFire, you’d have to imagine they won’t be at all pleased about this bit of code. Of course, SOPA does have an anti-circumvention clause in there, which would effectively make this plugin illegal. Of course, I can’t see how they could possibly enforce something like that. Using a proxy in general is legal. How will they know if you’re using a proxy to get around these particular blocks? Either way, it’s yet another example of why the MPAA’s insistence that DNS blocking remain in the bill shows (yet again) how technically clueless they are. DNS blocking is a total waste of time. It makes the internet less secure. It fragments key pieces of the internet. Breaks the basic agreement of how the internet is supposed to work… And all for what? To create a system that won’t actually block much at all?

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Dark Helmet (profile) says:

I've said it before...

This is a fight that the govt. can’t win, because they’re trying to play on the technology battlefield. The techs, and I don’t even remotely consider myself one of them, are and always will be smarter than those enacting these laws.

It’s as though you went up to a person w/an F-15 jet and told them it was now illegal to use it. Sure, you made your law, but the guy with the jet already blew you up before you could enforce it….

Machin Shin says:

Re: Re: Re: I've said it before...

The guys they are going to be fighting online do not need guns. You looked at the news lately? Everything is connected to the internet including a lot of things that shouldn’t be. Things like utilities, prisons, and even emergency communication systems are all exposed to the net and there for are all vulnerable to attack.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

Except that workaround will be illegal, putting mafiaafire guy and mozilla in legal jeopardy. Not as casual as you think.

That people would use proxies to bypass the block is pretty obvious, and I wouldn’t be so sure that the lawmakers and their staff aren’t already planning on dealing with that too.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

I think he is referring to casual computer users infringing. Not casually infringing on things.

As in, novice computer users dont even know about browser plugins, so to some effect it would stop this bunch.

As easy as it is for “techies” to understand browser plugin, having done IT support, its amazing what most people dont know.

AJ (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

“Except that workaround will be illegal, putting mafiaafire guy and mozilla in legal jeopardy. Not as casual as you think.”

Come on…. really? How many times do we have to do this? There are hundreds of different kinds of ripping soft wares. There are thousands of types of hacking tools… its already illegal to download the stuff in the first place.. no one pays attention to the laws that exist now, much less new ones…

MAFIAAFire (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

Illegal in the US.

A lot of what we do is illegal in China (like watching porn) and we give a crap about breaking Chinese laws as much as we give a crap about breaking US laws.

We are Swedish citizens, we are not breaking Swedish law.

US lawmakers can go suck an egg for all we care.

If it becomes illegal and Mozilla asks us to move, we’ll host this on our own _Swedish_ website (in English of course).

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:


Except that workaround will be illegal, putting mafiaafire guy and mozilla in legal jeopardy. Not as casual as you think.

And the government can’t do anything about Mafiaafire, for the very reason that the programmers aren’t US citizens.

And even if they were, any code can bbe anonymously distributed over Tor and Freenet.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

Slysoft has been a middle finger to the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA (and related trade agreements making circumvention illegal in other countries) for a really long time. All the plugin has to do is move to Antigua.

Duh.

Of course, Slysoft’s website might be one of the first to vanish under the ‘Rogue Sites’ provision, their software being the first and still best for moving MY blu-rays to MY media server.

G Thompson (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

Exporting encryption technology was at one stage illegal because of course the rest of the planet cannot make anything better than ROT13 or DeSS (that was sarcasm for those bereft of the humour gene)

Hang on.. It still is illegal in the USA..

Just because some lawmaker in some tinpot city like DC makes a law that says that the use of some technology is illegal means sweet FA when the rest of the planet can and will use, distribute, improve, disassemble, create, and wave it from their middle fingers at any time they so choose.

MAFIAAFire (profile) says:

Re: Re:

When talking to some of our friends they did not even know what a “proxy” was, when we tried to explain how “hidemyass” works they thought we were kidding as there just isnt a site with the name “hide my ass” that is this “proxy” thingy.

Keeping that in mind we designed this.

You don’t need to _know_ what a proxy is, how it works or change any of your browsing habits… it just ****ing works! (Added the stars and the extra word so we do get sued).

In short:
People dont really understand tech nor like change.
The idea is, you don’t change any of your habits, except for the initial install, you won’t feel it if sites get seized or blocked.

Hephaestus (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

Actually, everything that big government and business support and represent is about to come under fire. It scare the crap out of them, 3d printing in plastic and metal, communications, money, medicine going personalized based on genetics, local energy production being so cheap the grid isn’t needed, are all exteremly disruptive technologies that will be here within the next 10-20 years. Each technology will accelerate the rate of change making big business incapable of adapting due to their glacial size.

Its a bright future for the public at large. We will have a ton of growing pains, with the government becoming ever more secretive and controlling, always months or years behind the curve.

SabreCat says:

Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

Reading comprehension fail.

“It fragments key pieces of the internet. Breaks the basic agreement of how the internet is supposed to work… And all for what? To create a system that won’t actually block much at all?”

That says nothing about what Mike himself does, nor does it have to for him to make his point.

Your style of interpreting these posts is like reading every fictitious character as an autobiographical stand-in for the author. Even people who don’t pirate can say “this isn’t going to work” as a valid criticism of the bill!

ltlw0lf (profile) says:

Re: Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

Reading comprehension fail.

We’re talking OOTB. If there wasn’t a reading comprehension fail on his part, I believe the world would end. Its like destroying the TARDIS — you just don’t do it if you want the universe to survive. We should all be thankful that OOTB continues to fail at reading comprehension.

Gwiz (profile) says:

Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

Why do you even care? You’re none of you pirating, right?

It’s not about pirating, Blue. We are all worried about the people around you in real life. If these bills become law and Mike decides to shutdown commenting here on Techdirt because of the liability concerns, you would have no place to post your confusing tirades and those around you would have to listen to them. Seriously, we are only thinking about you and yours when we oppose these bills.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

And once again, stupidity on display. The workarounds are to let me get to a site for my own legitimate purposes, regardless of whether or not this horrible legislation results in a site getting taken down, because there will be collateral damage with this bill, but I won’t feel it, thanks to MAFIAAFire.

Cheers, dumbass….

out_of_the_blue says:

Re: Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

@”Dark Helmet (profile), Dec 1st, 2011 @ 2:36pm

And once again, stupidity on display. The workarounds are to let me get to a site for my own legitimate purposes, regardless of whether or not this horrible legislation results in a site getting taken down, because there will be collateral damage with this bill, but I won’t feel it, thanks to MAFIAAFire.

Cheers, dumbass….”

————

Oh, right. I forgot that you’re an exception to all rules and even laws of physics. You just go to links sites to LOOK at the links.

And yet again, betraying your own calls for debate and civility shows that you don’t consider yourself required to be honest, let alone decent.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

“Oh, right. I forgot that you’re an exception to all rules and even laws of physics. You just go to links sites to LOOK at the links.”

No, idiot, I go to sites for my own legitimate reasons which have nothing to do with piracy. I go to the Pirate Bay to get the latest Pinguy distro. I go to YouTube for the non-infringing videos.

“And yet again, betraying your own calls for debate and civility shows that you don’t consider yourself required to be honest, let alone decent.”

You’re the exception to that rule. I don’t want to debate with you because you’re an insignificant tool. In fact, I’d be far happier if you’d figure out a way to step away from your computer for five minutes and instead step in front of a bus traveling at a very high speed. You have no worth, pal. Zero. You’re a stain, nothing more….

G Thompson (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

I like looking at the holes between the links, the way they clink and in the right light blink.

This though is just my kink about lynks. And lets not talk about Zelda

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Warning the above weirdness is only because I know out_of_the_blue_without_any_clue can only understand this Vogon Poetry type of writing.

MAFIAAFire (profile) says:

Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

Not really sure if your one quick line was trolling. If yes, well done! /b would be proud of you!

If no:
As others have posted, its not about pirating – these ham fisted attempts at controlling the internet are just going to fragment it into country specific chunks rather than the full internet as we enjoy it today.
MAFIAAFire refuses to sit idly by and will use our spare time, as well as spare change, to match 50 cents for every million the MAFIAA spend – but still kick their ass!
(Hey! We are the first to admit we are not in the 1% but definitely the 99%)

out_of_the_blue says:

Re: Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

@MAFIAAFire, Dec 1st, 2011 @ 2:42pm

Not really sure if your one quick line was trolling. If yes, well done! /b would be proud of you!

—————-

Hmm. Was indeed quick, yet a valid point. I mostly post such out of charity for the fanboys to rail at, otherwise they’d have nothing but “you’re so right, Mike”.

In all seriousness — though I’m sure most here will pooh-pooh it because they can’t actually BE serious — won’t surprise me if jack-booted thugs kick open your door and drag you off never to be seen again.

The police state is HERE, not just imminent. A country that invades two others and kills hundreds of thousands doesn’t care BEANS about your rights. I’m not being any more alarmist than justified. Can’t you people put two and two together reliably from what you see every day? The nice lawful prosperous 20th century is over. Everything is changed now, you can’t rely on due process or redress in court.

Marcel de Jong (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

You are so deranged with your diatribes that it’s just pure gibberish at this point.

Take a breather, get away from the site and get yourself checked in somewhere. Your kind of nuttiness is not what we can use in the debate here.

And yes we do like debate. We’re not all yes-men/women.

But we like to debate on points, not on truthiness, not on conjecture and not on diatribes such as yours.
All the points you bring up are way off base, way off topic, and just sheer lunatic. If that’s a courtesy from you, then please stop trying to help us.

Mole Pirate says:

Re: Workarounds to continue what you claim you're NOT doing?

As a true pirate let me say this, SOPA will have zero impact on my pirate ways, it may affect legal business and thus real jobs, it may affect dramatically speech everywhere, but it does absolutely nothing to stop me from dragging and dropping a DVD onto my desktop(yes is that easy to copy something nowadays), heck you don’t even need to put it in a ISO file anymore you just right click on the folder and click “play with”, almost all players will detect that folder and what is inside and play it.

wallow-T says:

Prediction: the final version of whatever passes Congress will drop nearly all of the network technical stuff — after all, the government is already seizing domain names in bulk quantities, and judges are already ordering search engines to delete results.

What will go into law is the financial blockade — it will be trivial to command that Visa, Paypal, MasterCard etc. stop doing business with a site, and probably this will include advertisers as well.

The effectiveness of a financial blockade strategy has already been demonstrated against Wikileaks (where the US has marshalled private firms to destroy a journalism enterprise, but that’s another rant about the police state which is already here).

Google is already making big public hints about “follow the money”, indicating their support for the financial strategy.

This will have much the same effect of strangling future net developments as the full-monty version of SOPA would.

Brent (profile) says:

Why not just run your own DNS server?

I’ve often thought of just running my own private DNS server. It’s not like a single person using it for personal use would be that resource intensive, would it?

I imagine that the DNS server blocks would be at the ISP level, not to root level, correct?

If not, I suppose a guy could just tell it what authoritative source to use as it’s root.

Rikuo (profile) says:

Re: Re:

I’m going to try and make it as simple as possible.

When you open your web browser and type in, let’s say http://www.google.com, the computer doesn’t look for http://www.google.com. Instead, it translates that into a 4 sets of numbers of 2 numbers each (e.g., google would translate to 74.125.39.104). Your computer would go online and look up what’s called a DNS server and ask it to translate google.com into a number. The DNS server would say “here’s your number, go here to connect to google” (sorta like asking for a telephone number, so to speak).
With DNS blocking, your computer asks the DNS server to translate google into a number, but with the site blocked, the DNS lookup fails. At this point, DNS servers based in and operated in the US cannot be trusted to resolve DNS lookups, so DNS servers from all around the world start to spring up. Trouble is, most of these new servers are unknown. Thus, when you configure your web browser to ask a DNS server not based in the US, you’re essentially putting your blind faith in a complete stranger. Your computer would ask the DNS server to translate google.com and instead of the numbers I gave you earlier, gives a false set of numbers, potentially leading your browser to load harmful web pages (perhaps you looked up your bank’s website and instead get sent to a realistic looking fake).
At this point, the internet has become massively less secure. The only real solution at this point is to have to memorise the IP addresses of every website you want to visit (the set of numbers I listed above).

out_of_the_blue says:

Re: Re: Re:

@ Rikuo: “Thus, when you configure your web browser to ask a DNS server not based in the US, you’re essentially putting your blind faith in a complete stranger.”
—————

Well, that and for most people, faith in the ability of Microsoft to stop viruses. We all know how effective that is. — BUT you’re not forced to do that unless you wish to get to a blocked site.

Since you don’t pirate, I doubt that DNS blocking will EVER be so common as to be noticed, nor will your quest for the alleged legal parts of blocked sites EVER lead you to need another DNS server. — I don’t see the reason for a panic, but it’s about all you guys have got to protest SOPA with.

[Once I have an IP address, it can go into my local “hosts” file to skip DNS entirely. You should learn what a “hosts” file is.]

Rikuo (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

I just used the “Pirate Bay Dances” proxy-server plugin for Firefox so I could get to the Piratebay (its blocked in Ireland on Eircom). Once I got there, I proceeded to download…wait for it…Skyrim mods. Wait what? According to you Blue, the only use for Piratebay is infringing. Yet, last I checked, mods are perfectly legal (and encouraged by Bethesda).
What about when the copyright maximists start having sites blocked left and right? (see history of DMCA abuse for proof of this claim) Once that happens, people will start in their droves to use alternate DNS servers.

Hang on a minute Blue…did…did you just say I don’t pirate? But this flies in the face of everything else you’ve written, where you’ve accused people you’ve never met of piracy, without proof. Why the opposite tactic now? Btw, I do pirate, and am proud to say it.

And no, its not just the DNS blocking isn’t what we protest about. Its the fact that a mere accusation is enough to starve any website or startup of income, all without having to go through the courts.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

Quote:

[Once I have an IP address, it can go into my local “hosts” file to skip DNS entirely. You should learn what a “hosts” file is.]

You too.

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_file

Since SOPA and PIPA only blocks DNS queries people can make their own lists and when IP blocking start being used people can just use proxies or network overlays.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

@ out_of_the_blue: You’re right, DNS blocking won’t be noticed by many people. Until, that is, someone points out that the images on hmv.com are for commercial purposes, so not Fair Dealing under UK law. hmv.com gets blocked, someone else plays tit for tat, and then the whole web collapses in one giant mess of IP addresses without linking domain names. Now I won’t pretend to know exactly how the web works, but even my grandma would notice _that_.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

It will drive people to use alternative DNS servers instead of the ones provided by their ISP’s, potentially making your bank visits to pay the monthly bills vulnerable to ‘man in the middle’ attacks.

Not saying all alternative DNS servers are bad, but there will no doubt be more than a few scammers jumping on this new opportunity.

A Guy (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

It will cause other locales to make their own root DNS servers. That will lead to the fragmenting the centralized DNS system. Right now, there is one DNS root system that allows users and services to verify whether or not their DNS has been hijacked.

If there are 100 different root servers set up for different regional laws, you may need to send your DNS request to a server that forwards it to another DNS server on a different root system, and then to another until it can eventually be resolved. It will be practically impossible to verify every hop and every server on in that series isn’t malicious.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

It also breakes DNSSEC proposal since it was not designed to differentiate between legal tampering and illegal tampering, both are the same thing the only thing is that one is sanctioned by some form of authority and the other comes from someone else, but they both do the exactly samething and the computer doesn’t have a way to distinguish what is legal or not and forcing it to accept something breaks the prima reason for what it was created and that is to make sure the information you are asking is coming from the local you asked for and not some other source.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNSSEC

It took 10 years to plan that crappy thing and it would take a decade more to implement it, SOPA just throw that away and make everybody go back to square one on the security front, so SOPA will let you in a insecure state for longer and probably make any future security harder because to allow tampering in the system even for supposedly legitimate reasons is to open the door for the illegal too since there is no global agreement on how the governments should pursue such thing, the system can’t be build to accommodate each and every particular of every country out there.

Besides it allow governments to hide what they are doing, which is never good for anybody.

out_of_the_blue says:

Does China's Great Firewall work? -- Yes, largely.

So might as well drop all the technical objections: it can be done. And as usual, you guys mistake an admittedly very low risk of being caught dodging DNS blocking with the fact that it will soon have a very large /potential/ down side, instead of none. As with your mistaken thinking on HADOPI 3 strikes, it’ll turn out to have a disproportionately large chilling effect on pirating.

You guys all style yourself intrepid hackers, but just ask yourself IF you’ll use those work arounds after you see a few examples made.

And yet again, I ain’t /for/ SOPA and whatever attendant problems it makes. But the industry reaction — and further escalation — is absolutely predictable and enough justified that Congress is easily swayed to yet more fascism.

==============

Think this more or less on topic: Know why I’m not much worried about SOPA? … Read Glenn Greenwald today for the latest actual danger to liberties: the entire world is to be “legally” treated as a battleground with the military arbitrarily nabbing people, no charge, no trial, no rights. The gov’t is on verge making all your premises of due process and reasonableness obsolete.

Greenwald writes poignantly: “To be perfectly honest, I just couldn?t get myself worked up over a bill that, with some exceptions, does little more than formally recognize and codify what our Government is already doing.”

So, continue to focus on that you’ll still be able to illegally download porn and games: lets me mourn less for the country to see how empty-headed you kids are.

MAFIAAFire (profile) says:

Re: Does China's Great Firewall work? -- Yes, largely.

– and further escalation — is absolutely predictable
Ok, I’ll bite:
What do you suggest?

Let them just get away with doing whatever they want?
Bend over, pray they are kind enough to pass you the lube?

The thing is, they are playing our… domain(hehe), we will run rings around these idiots. If we were playing in the courthouse they would do to us what we are doing to them: kick ass.

They escalate: we dodge, hop, skip and jump and get out a new solution.

While they have to find someone to look into each of our “solutions” and how to “fix” it, we look at what they do and a couple of minutes later we know how to respond.

Cat and mouse, whack a mole or pick your favorite phrase but remember our moles are on steroids, bench press 300 and are holding your mamma hostage!

out_of_the_blue says:

Re: Re: Does China's Great Firewall work? -- Yes, largely.

@MAFIAAFire, Dec 1st, 2011 @ 2:52pm

– and further escalation — is absolutely predictable
Ok, I’ll bite:
What do you suggest?

——————-

Not to be rude or even contentious, but YOU are playing whack-a-mole with a browser plug-in.

MY solutions are more comprehensive, basically to tax The Rich (including Big Media) back down to where they’re no longer a danger to the 99%. I recognize that’s reaching for the stars, but no other solution short of bloodshed EVER gets The Rich (and the gov’t they own) back under control.

But I tire of fighting uphill battles against both The Rich and smartass little fanboys who foolishly think that they can flout laws (such as copyright) and not have it come back on them by a general disregard for laws and their own rights such as The Rich are implementing today. That comes out here as various railing, specifically that browser plug-ins just aren’t enough to overcome a gov’t that has plenty of jack-booted thugs.

Besides that, in general, Mike’s quaint notions aren’t a solution to piracy. Big Media HAS a solution that I think, sadly, WILL work, and The Rich don’t care what “collateral damage” it does.

A Guy (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Does China's Great Firewall work? -- Yes, largely.

Nah, it’s a numbers game. 95%>>5%

The 95% have more people working on their problems. If it comes down to class warfare, 95% will always win. That is why the 5%, or 1%, or whatever minority you wish to demonize will not let it come to class warfare. Generally, they didn’t get into their positions by being dumb.

That’s also why China is such a threat

1 billion > 300 million

They have a lot more human capitol than us, which is why we should be focusing on being more efficient instead of saddling the market with bad regulation that add inefficiencies.

MAFIAAFire (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Does China's Great Firewall work? -- Yes, largely.

but YOU are playing whack-a-mole with a browser plug-in.
Are you saying we are doing the whacking and they are the moles? If that were true then we would be the ones with the power, and thus the hammer. While I do think optimistically that’s a little too optimistic even for me!

MY solutions are more comprehensive, basically to tax The Rich (including Big Media) back down to where they’re no longer a danger to the 99%.
While you are there get me a unicorn for my kid please!

Would ask for a fairy but you would probably get me Tom Cruise or Clay Aiken ๐Ÿ˜›

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Does China's Great Firewall work? -- Yes, largely.

Of course you can skip around and defeat efforts trying to stop what you are doing, but at some point I would like to think you would ponder the question “Is what we are doing hurting the livelihoods of those who depend upon being compensated for their labors?”

A Guy (profile) says:

Re: Does China's Great Firewall work? -- Yes, largely.

1. The Great Firewall of China doesn’t work. The rest of the world banded together and gave anyone who has the slightest technical knowledge the ability to bypass it.

2. Who here is focusing on games and porn (and movies and music) other than the supporters of the bill? I believe the fact that this bill is a civil liberties nightmare has been a prominent theme here.

3. Of course some in government wants to give the military the ability to detain US citizens from inside the United States without a trial. How else will they be able to use all that information they’ve been illegally gathering if it would be inadmissible at trial?

Anonymous Coward says:

this p’s me off so bad. I don’t watch tv, I don’t play too much videogames and I don’t listen to that much music. my entertainment I could care less if every tv show and videogame goes away. I don’t give a **** about them. most software I can do without. so if they did away with every software that is being pirated I could care less… but I will be so mad if they water down the internet that I use to get the information that I want. I PAY for my internet and they’re talking about watering it down and telling me what I can and can’t do with it! HOW IS THAT OK?!

all you idiots that say “quit being paranoid”, “worry about it when it happens”, “it doesn’t stand a chance of passing” think about this…

worrying about stuff when it happens is one of the worst mistakes you can make. I’ve done it too many times.

the bill does have a chance of passing

this isn’t paranoid conspiracy theorie bs, it’s reality. they already censor tv, they already have a warrent to listen to your phone conversations with no probable cause (remember it’s for your own good!), they already tell you what you can and can’t do all the time.

all I’m saying is. if this bill passes (and it appears to have lots of support) then what is the point of having the internet. it will be rendered almost useless.

Anonymous Coward says:

Dear Mafiaafire,

I don’t get to ask these kinds of questions on other sites like ars or TF, but I was wanting to know if you have considered that putting a publicly available proxy list into your plugin may result in people using your plugin for “other questionable things” besides accessing TPB or other sites. Are these proxies taken from a private listing that can only be accessed one-at-a-time by clients or is it taking proxies at random from a large proxy listing site?

MAFIAAFire (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Random from multiple proxy listing sites.

We have no control over the proxy sites (which is good – no central point of failure) what people do once they reach these proxy sites is not any of our business.

A person can do _exactly_ whatever they could do previously on these proxy sites. Our addon does not give them extra powers to do more or less.

Think of it as a taxi service, we take them to the airport… what they do once they get to the airport is out of the scope of the cab driver.
We have no idea why they are going to the airport either and quite frankly, it’s none of our business.

Sincere says:

Why are you all feeding the troll? Ignore what he says.

When is techdirt going to ban out_of_the_blue? Why not give him a taste of the very censorship he supports. This person is not here to take debates seriously, they’re just a copyright troll. I get tired of reading post after post and seeing you all getting trolled by a person who’s only sole purpose is to derail the topic with their unnecessary commentary. It makes me not even want to read techdirt comments anymore because you’re all so gullible. Most sites would have banned this person by now, do mods here have any plans to stop him from ruining the comments section or what? I can’t say I’ll be returning if you don’t do something about the troll.

Sheogorath says:

Re: Why are you all feeding the troll? Ignore what he says.

To ban the idiot, this site would have to make it so everyone who wants to comment would have to sign up. As an admin on two other websites and a member of a wiki, I’m too busy to do more than check in here every now and then, and make the occasional comment. If full membership was required to comment at Techdirt, I’d be one of the casual users they’d be effectively turning away.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re:

Your right……however, I have a great point here.

If the bill did pass, and something big like facebook, or youtube went down. That would effect probably every one of these people who know the bare basics. My mom for example knows how to turn the PC on, and get on facebook to play her farmville.

But then that person thinks……”Oh wait! That dude down the block who sells bootleg movies. He knows alot about computers!”

Me personally being tech savy enough to setup most, if not all of the workarounds…..Just thinking it over, I know about 50 people, who would gladly pay me probably 50 bucks just to come over, and make it where they can get back on facebook, youtube, etc. again.

Now with that said……..it is almost a promise that the guy who is bootlegging DVDs somewhere knows twice, to three times the amount of people I do. So there is just another shady service that he’ll be able to provide, and profit off of.

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