Norway To Get Its Own SOPA

from the try-try-again dept

The latest in the global merry-go-round of the legacy entertainment industry seeking to put in place draconian legislation is apparently Norway. A couple years ago, I went to Norway for Nordic Music Week, and had a great time talking to musicians, managers and labels, about all of the opportunity for new music business models. It was a fun and optimistic event, seeing everyone looking at all of the opportunities out there. But, of course, these were mostly independent artists. The major labels stayed away. And that’s because the only “opportunity” they seem to see is in drafting the latest version of draconian laws that will do little to stop infringement, but which will have tremendous unintended consequences, including the potential to stifle widespread legitimate forms of expression.

TorrentFreak reports on the latest anti-piracy bill being put forth in Norway, which includes site-blocking provisions:

In May 2011 the Ministry of Culture announced that it had put forward proposals for amendments to the Copyright Act which would “..give licensees the tools they need to follow-up on copyright infringement on the Internet, while protecting privacy.”

The key proposals included making it easier for rightsholders to identify infringers from their IP addresses and amendments to the law to allow ISP-level blocking of sites deemed to be infringing copyright.

The article quotes people who are quite worried about what this will mean in practice. When every copyright holder can seek to completely shut down a site, the likelihood of trouble is immense. Already, here in the US, we see regular abuse of the DMCA to take down specific content that people deem infringing, but which is often just content they don’t like. Imagine the ability to do that on a larger scale, such that it doesn’t just take down the content, but entire sites.

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art guerrilla (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:z paul, you know better...

unless/until we actually have gummints which serve The People (as in meat machines), and NOT legal fictions called korporations, that will NEVER happen…

this aphorism only showcases how far the citizenry has fallen:
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

Power will ALWAYS seek to divide and conquer us li’l peeps; unless/until we arrogate power back to the people, we will have little/no control over ‘our’ (sic) own gummint and the priorities and policies it pursues to OUR detriment…

art guerrilla
aka ann archy

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

You probably won’t see the same outcry on this like with SOPA. This is becuase Norway does not have anuthing in that law to make sites outside of Norway subject to prosecution under Norweigian laws.

The problem with SOPA is that the law would have made foreign webmasters subject to prosecution in the United States.

That is why Australia’s attempts at anti-porn laws have not garnered the kind of outcry like with the CDA. Australia’s various filter bill they have tried to pass over the years does not make foreign webmasters and network admins subject to prosecution under that law. Even those who attempted such legislation in the 1999 bill said that making foreign sysops subject to prosecution in Australia was not thier aim.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

Ummm, SOPA didn’t make “foreign web masters subject to prosecution in the United States” either. Did you ever read the bill?

It allowed, after obtaining a judicial order; to have payment processors and ad networks sever their business relationships. An early version allowed for DNS blocking, but was dropped from the final bill. Today, ad networks and payment processors have voluntarily adopted those standards (with no judicial review) and Google et al has agreed to “disappear” infringing sites by burying them pages below where they’d otherwise belong. And of course there’s “six strikes”.

Anonymous Coward says:

“every copyright holder can seek to completely shut down a site, the likelihood of trouble is immense”

In Norway, is one immediately given copyright upon all their creations? If not, I still doubt that every copyright holder will be allowed to wield this ban hammer. Only members of the good old boy club will be allowed to randomly shutdown that which they do not like.

Anonymous Coward says:

yet again, the most important thing is the making of music and movies. the ordinary people count for nothing! sooner or later the entertainment industries are going to push too far, too hard. Norway is becoming a mirror of Sweden, where a police state is close to existing. just like the rebelling that took place over the PIPA/SOPA/ACTA bills, there will be severe consequences, hopefully the people will voice their disgust at this. the industries have seen what can happen but have learned nothing. perhaps with the anniversary of the defeat of the above bills, now would be a good time? if not, the industries are just going to continue their censorship of the internet, via further draconian laws that benefit no one but them and usually in the US, not locally, and their suing of customers. action needs to be taken before it really is too late!

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