Comments on: SOPA: Bane of the D&D Blogger? http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger A D&D 4e Blog Dedicated to Dungeonmasters & Players Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:54:57 -0400 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 hourly 1 By: IIsi 50MHz http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger/comment-page-1#comment-32161 IIsi 50MHz Sun, 01 Jan 2012 09:56:21 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=6495#comment-32161 It's my understanding that SOPA would require U.S.-based internet providers and DNS servers to block access from anywhere in the U.S. to "offending" sites anywhere in the world (for instance, by modifying DNS records). Also, any source of money for an offending site would be immediately frozen, at least for sources operating with the U.S., so bye-bye ad revenue, bank accounts, credit card accounts... If a site with user content from millions of users is reported for one violation, anywhere in the world, POOF! SOPA makes it invisible to U.S. users, without requiring proof. In fact, the site has to /prove/ that no violation occurred. Doesn't matter that the site can't possibly check all user material prior to making it available online. And SOPA applies to search engines, too. There's hope, though. If SOPA is passed as anything other than a constitutional amendment, it's illegal and unenforceable. If they start enforcing it anyway, maybe Americans can get United Nations passports and revoke their U.S. citizenship, as oppressed people. Or just...move to some other country. OK, enough ranting at 4 or 5 AM. It’s my understanding that SOPA would require U.S.-based internet providers and DNS servers to block access from anywhere in the U.S. to “offending” sites anywhere in the world (for instance, by modifying DNS records). Also, any source of money for an offending site would be immediately frozen, at least for sources operating with the U.S., so bye-bye ad revenue, bank accounts, credit card accounts…

If a site with user content from millions of users is reported for one violation, anywhere in the world, POOF! SOPA makes it invisible to U.S. users, without requiring proof. In fact, the site has to /prove/ that no violation occurred. Doesn’t matter that the site can’t possibly check all user material prior to making it available online. And SOPA applies to search engines, too.

There’s hope, though. If SOPA is passed as anything other than a constitutional amendment, it’s illegal and unenforceable. If they start enforcing it anyway, maybe Americans can get United Nations passports and revoke their U.S. citizenship, as oppressed people. Or just…move to some other country. OK, enough ranting at 4 or 5 AM.

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By: George Heichelheim http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger/comment-page-1#comment-31909 George Heichelheim Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:35:33 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=6495#comment-31909 Sounds like business's should be against this bill. Imagine an 'attack' where the offensive were to make the complaint of copyright infringement - the site is shut down (leagally required) - the business defends itself (but with a cost to do so) - repeat... So NOT just gaming, but in general, "Bad law. Very bad law." Sounds like business’s should be against this bill. Imagine an ‘attack’ where the offensive were to make the complaint of copyright infringement – the site is shut down (leagally required) – the business defends itself (but with a cost to do so) – repeat…
So NOT just gaming, but in general, “Bad law. Very bad law.”

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By: Nightfire http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger/comment-page-1#comment-31362 Nightfire Tue, 27 Dec 2011 05:05:12 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=6495#comment-31362 Might soon be time for me to offer hosting in a different, international jurisdiction. It might just take a mass exodus of internet business to other countries to make them wake up. It might be passed into law there but that doesn't make it a crime here! Might soon be time for me to offer hosting in a different, international jurisdiction.
It might just take a mass exodus of internet business to other countries to make them wake up. It might be passed into law there but that doesn’t make it a crime here!

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By: Editor-in-Chief http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger/comment-page-1#comment-30825 Editor-in-Chief Fri, 23 Dec 2011 14:31:00 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=6495#comment-30825 @Jeremy D - appreciate the shoutout, and I know I have made a bit of hyperbole in my claims about SOPA being the "greatest" threat to Free Speech, but I darned sure know that it is one of the biggest ones that has come along in my lifetime. BTW, for those interested in reading more, I found a great piece where Harvard Law School constitutional expert Laurence Tribe believes the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is unconstitutional. He goes into quite a bit of detail in a <a href="http://c4sif.org/2011/12/tribe-sopa-is-unconstitutional/" rel="nofollow"><strong>Legis Memo</strong></a>, explaining where SOPA goes completely wrong. It makes me feel good to see people already gearing up to battle this monster, and I think it will make it more and more unlikely it will ever be signed into law - the tide of opposition is really pushing back hard now! @Jeremy D – appreciate the shoutout, and I know I have made a bit of hyperbole in my claims about SOPA being the “greatest” threat to Free Speech, but I darned sure know that it is one of the biggest ones that has come along in my lifetime.

BTW, for those interested in reading more, I found a great piece where Harvard Law School constitutional expert Laurence Tribe believes the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is unconstitutional. He goes into quite a bit of detail in a Legis Memo, explaining where SOPA goes completely wrong. It makes me feel good to see people already gearing up to battle this monster, and I think it will make it more and more unlikely it will ever be signed into law – the tide of opposition is really pushing back hard now!

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By: Jaalenn http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger/comment-page-1#comment-30752 Jaalenn Fri, 23 Dec 2011 05:05:42 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=6495#comment-30752 This is rediculous. Passing something like this would not only undermine Free-Speech on the internet, but also start the process for some to start prying at our other freedoms as well. SOPA will effectively drive another nail into the coffin of our Constitution. Out of curiousity, do you mind if I link this page in any post I might make with regards to the content? This is rediculous. Passing something like this would not only undermine Free-Speech on the internet, but also start the process for some to start prying at our other freedoms as well. SOPA will effectively drive another nail into the coffin of our Constitution. Out of curiousity, do you mind if I link this page in any post I might make with regards to the content?

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By: skaveng3r http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger/comment-page-1#comment-30745 skaveng3r Fri, 23 Dec 2011 04:04:31 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=6495#comment-30745 Similar to your ideas of an edition-wars-panties-in-a-wad-type thing, I can see a techy freedom-activist or somesuch making complaints about every site out there taking down the whole of the internet in protest... It'll probably be possible to do it with a little script on a bot net... or am I being even more paranoid?..... Similar to your ideas of an edition-wars-panties-in-a-wad-type thing, I can see a techy freedom-activist or somesuch making complaints about every site out there taking down the whole of the internet in protest… It’ll probably be possible to do it with a little script on a bot net… or am I being even more paranoid?…..

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By: Jeremy D http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger/comment-page-1#comment-30714 Jeremy D Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:45:47 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=6495#comment-30714 With your permission I would like to send a link to your article along with following message to my elected representatives... I am not posting this under any of my usual pseudonyms because I wish to make a clear statement of my displeasure that the representatives of the people would be so willfully ignorant and blindly follow fear mongering lobbyists off this civil rights abuse cliff. If you agree, I likewise give my permission for others to copy my text and modify it as appropriate for the intended recipient. ===== My dear elected congressional representative, I thought you would appreciate another point view on the Stop Online Piracy Act, especially one coming from a small self-publisher who has already dealt with theft of his intellectual property. This is not a big record label or major cooperate entity, but an individual who has to fight his own legal battles. http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger The Dungeons and Dragons brand is owned by Wizard of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, one of the larger toy companies in the United States. SOPA goes so far as to impact virtually every American that has even partial ties to the Internet activity and commerce. When you or a relative does anything that involves the Internet I want to you stop and determine if could even remotely be a violation of SOPA. Please be objective in this, as it is possible someone you know has done something in the past that would be a violation of SOPA if it passes. Possibly something as innocuous as singing a cover to well know but still Copyrighted song, such as "Happy Birthday to You", and posting it to Facebook (or a private blog) for the birthday boy/girl to see. http://www.unhappybirthday.com/ ==== (comments not being sent) Ya that unhappy birthday part is real. Just singing happy birthday and putting it an MP3 file on a site would be enough to get it shut down. Imagine getting it subversively inserted into the different online advertiser systems, like a "congratulations, you've won" ad. A troll could take down the majority of the Internet in one fell swoop. What an unhappy birthday it would be indeed. With your permission I would like to send a link to your article along with following message to my elected representatives… I am not posting this under any of my usual pseudonyms because I wish to make a clear statement of my displeasure that the representatives of the people would be so willfully ignorant and blindly follow fear mongering lobbyists off this civil rights abuse cliff.

If you agree, I likewise give my permission for others to copy my text and modify it as appropriate for the intended recipient.

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My dear elected congressional representative,

I thought you would appreciate another point view on the Stop Online Piracy Act, especially one coming from a small self-publisher who has already dealt with theft of his intellectual property. This is not a big record label or major cooperate entity, but an individual who has to fight his own legal battles.

http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger

The Dungeons and Dragons brand is owned by Wizard of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, one of the larger toy companies in the United States.

SOPA goes so far as to impact virtually every American that has even partial ties to the Internet activity and commerce. When you or a relative does anything that involves the Internet I want to you stop and determine if could even remotely be a violation of SOPA. Please be objective in this, as it is possible someone you know has done something in the past that would be a violation of SOPA if it passes. Possibly something as innocuous as singing a cover to well know but still Copyrighted song, such as “Happy Birthday to You”, and posting it to Facebook (or a private blog) for the birthday boy/girl to see.

http://www.unhappybirthday.com/

==== (comments not being sent)
Ya that unhappy birthday part is real. Just singing happy birthday and putting it an MP3 file on a site would be enough to get it shut down. Imagine getting it subversively inserted into the different online advertiser systems, like a “congratulations, you’ve won” ad. A troll could take down the majority of the Internet in one fell swoop. What an unhappy birthday it would be indeed.

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By: AJLC http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger/comment-page-1#comment-30700 AJLC Thu, 22 Dec 2011 22:51:19 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=6495#comment-30700 I will agree with you to a point. Insofar as you're beholden to the commercially available web hosts and google for your hosting and advertising you're pretty screwed. In that case I'll just say that every bill presented has legalese in it designed to lessen it's worst possible outcome, and that language never makes the media. But lets just say you absolutely wanted to avoid getting your site taken offline. A student with access to Microsoft Student Advantage, a reasonably fast computer and some general know how could. 1. Back up his site, subscriber data and content. 2. Cancel his hosting contract and web URL 3. Get a new URL 4. Put up a new DNS and web server. 5. Point the DNS server to a DNS root outside of the US. 6. Buy a new URL similar to the one he had for less than 10 bucks. 7. Upload the site to his new, owned host 8. Email everyone on the subscriber list 9. Advertise some other way than google, but google will crawl it anyway. Yes the site would be slow, but at least the message is out there. I refuse to believe that beyond enworld or other forum sites there are more than 10-20 people on the blog at most at any one time ever, and most of the content is text. Be afraid of things you know you're going to be affected by or things with no work around. I will agree with you to a point. Insofar as you’re beholden to the commercially available web hosts and google for your hosting and advertising you’re pretty screwed. In that case I’ll just say that every bill presented has legalese in it designed to lessen it’s worst possible outcome, and that language never makes the media.

But lets just say you absolutely wanted to avoid getting your site taken offline. A student with access to Microsoft Student Advantage, a reasonably fast computer and some general know how could.

1. Back up his site, subscriber data and content.
2. Cancel his hosting contract and web URL
3. Get a new URL
4. Put up a new DNS and web server.
5. Point the DNS server to a DNS root outside of the US.
6. Buy a new URL similar to the one he had for less than 10 bucks.
7. Upload the site to his new, owned host
8. Email everyone on the subscriber list
9. Advertise some other way than google, but google will crawl it anyway.

Yes the site would be slow, but at least the message is out there. I refuse to believe that beyond enworld or other forum sites there are more than 10-20 people on the blog at most at any one time ever, and most of the content is text.

Be afraid of things you know you’re going to be affected by or things with no work around.

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By: James http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger/comment-page-1#comment-30649 James Thu, 22 Dec 2011 17:24:00 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=6495#comment-30649 After this passes, I plan to make complaints about piracy by members of Congress who voted for this bill. Once their own campaign sites go down, they'll think differently. After this passes, I plan to make complaints about piracy by members of Congress who voted for this bill. Once their own campaign sites go down, they’ll think differently.

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By: Editor-in-Chief http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/sopa-bane-of-the-dd-blogger/comment-page-1#comment-30614 Editor-in-Chief Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:20:26 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=6495#comment-30614 @beej! - yea, I know what you mean, and it would be a shame to see bloggers living in fear of making a mistake that could score them a felony conviction. I certainly hope we can make Congress see sense, and how ambiguous legislation is so very dangerous to the "little guy". @Mathew - I know I have certainly considered moving my website out of the country over the legislation, but I am hoping it will simply never make it through Congress. Honestly, even overseas, my DNS could get blocked if the Neuroglyph Games site is accused of being a pirate haven, so moving it out of US servers really won't fix the dangers intrinsic to this law. @Fuzzy - thank you, I'm glad you liked the article! I'm not sure how much one can protect oneself from infringement accusations, short of removing all images, music links, video links, or anything else that could be construed as pirated. It would make for a pretty blah appearance, leaving just words behind, and I hope it never comes to that. @Ben - exactly! You can't regulate bits, and the fact that Congress is trying to do so, in the most draonic and ham-handed way possible makes my blood boil. But as a very good friend told me: this bill will never stand up to a challenge in the Courts, and that is assuming it will pass through the Democrat-controlled Senate, and get signed into law by a very rights oriented Democratic president. Chances are good that it will never become law, but even the small chance of a bill like this becoming part of our Internet culture is simply too great to ignore, and must be fought with absolute resolve! @beej! – yea, I know what you mean, and it would be a shame to see bloggers living in fear of making a mistake that could score them a felony conviction. I certainly hope we can make Congress see sense, and how ambiguous legislation is so very dangerous to the “little guy”.
@Mathew – I know I have certainly considered moving my website out of the country over the legislation, but I am hoping it will simply never make it through Congress. Honestly, even overseas, my DNS could get blocked if the Neuroglyph Games site is accused of being a pirate haven, so moving it out of US servers really won’t fix the dangers intrinsic to this law.
@Fuzzy – thank you, I’m glad you liked the article! I’m not sure how much one can protect oneself from infringement accusations, short of removing all images, music links, video links, or anything else that could be construed as pirated. It would make for a pretty blah appearance, leaving just words behind, and I hope it never comes to that.
@Ben – exactly! You can’t regulate bits, and the fact that Congress is trying to do so, in the most draonic and ham-handed way possible makes my blood boil. But as a very good friend told me: this bill will never stand up to a challenge in the Courts, and that is assuming it will pass through the Democrat-controlled Senate, and get signed into law by a very rights oriented Democratic president. Chances are good that it will never become law, but even the small chance of a bill like this becoming part of our Internet culture is simply too great to ignore, and must be fought with absolute resolve!

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