On Strike

On Strike

Joined: October 11th, 2001, 7:22 pm

January 18th, 2012, 12:46 pm #1

If you go to my website The Authentic Golfer, you will see that I am on strike in opposition to the proposed PIPA and SOPA internet censorship legislation. Instead you will see a page that has a petition you can sign, and some links you can go to to read more about this. Down right scary stuff is about to be passed into law if we don't speak up.

Sign the petition. Call and write your senators and congressman. This is critical...very critical.

If this legislation passes, this very forum could easily be shutdown. Let's say the inventor of a swing method gets a bug up his arse that he can't stand the openness and vigor with which some here question and refute his statements.

He has one of his underlings join here and post a link, not even the actual content, but posts a link to some of the swing method's copy righted material. Before Peter can catch it, or maybe Peter sees it but doesn't think the link breaks this new law, the inventor of swing method "drops a dime" on the single axis golf forum and tells the Depratment of Justice our forum has linked to his copyrighted material. The DOJ can shut the site down! No due process, Nothing. Just bam, no more Constitution.

This is just one aspect of how these laws will work.

We need to make our voices heard, or someday we may not be able to be heard at all - unless the government says it is okay! This isn't some conspiracy theory whacko paranoid rant, this bill is set for a vote on cloture NEXT WEEK. while everybody is focused on the election, the economy, the football playoffs etc, our freedoms are about to be taken away while we are asleep at the wheel!

ACT! BE HEARD!

Kevin
The Authentic Golfer

Never quit til you have a swing you'll never forget!
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Joined: April 22nd, 2004, 9:58 pm

January 18th, 2012, 6:58 pm #2

and Senators duly informed.

See how well they listen.
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Joined: October 11th, 2001, 7:22 pm

January 19th, 2012, 11:59 am #3

for the people is what those in power fear most. The internet makes it possible for people to organize, rally, and participate like never before. Unfiltered "news" is still possible on the net. Oh sure there is a lot of crap too, but we are grown-ups, we will figure it out - a free and open market always does. Those in the media want to control the net so they can control the content we get (and must buy).

This whole protest thing is a great example of why we need to fight this legislation and keep the internet free. The response was huge, and Senators and Representatives did/are listening. Early estimates are that before the protest 5 Senators publicly opposed the bill, now there are 35! While Senator Reid is still planning on moving forward with a vote, the PIPA bill is expected to now receive mods before that happens. The house SOPA bill has been pushed back for mark-up another month, and key supporters are on the defensive.

GREAT JOB and thank you everyone for making your voice heard! But don't stop. These bills must be killed, not modified and voted into legislation.

Kevin
The Authentic Golfer
A Blueprint For Golf Excellence

Never quit til you have a swing you'll never forget!
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Joined: November 27th, 2004, 1:41 pm

January 19th, 2012, 12:45 pm #4

The idea behind the legislation was meant to prevent theft of materials protected by copyright as well as the profiting thereon. The process of website closure would be in effect a cease and desist order. The idea is good but the legislation as written may be too broad.

There's a definite problem when, for example, newly released films are on certain websites, supported by advertisers, for all to view. The bill requires some rewriting.

Also, I don't think that your worry is that the Justice Dept. would be interested in pursuing the single axis golf forum. It may be more that there are quacks out there who threaten to initiate fivolous legal action.
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Joined: April 22nd, 2004, 9:58 pm

January 19th, 2012, 12:51 pm #5

But there are quacks in the government too.
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January 19th, 2012, 3:25 pm #6

The idea behind the legislation was meant to prevent theft of materials protected by copyright as well as the profiting thereon. The process of website closure would be in effect a cease and desist order. The idea is good but the legislation as written may be too broad.

There's a definite problem when, for example, newly released films are on certain websites, supported by advertisers, for all to view. The bill requires some rewriting.

Also, I don't think that your worry is that the Justice Dept. would be interested in pursuing the single axis golf forum. It may be more that there are quacks out there who threaten to initiate fivolous legal action.
The problem is that under the bill the legal action would not be 'frivolous'.

Peter
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Joined: October 11th, 2001, 7:22 pm

January 19th, 2012, 5:43 pm #7

The idea behind the legislation was meant to prevent theft of materials protected by copyright as well as the profiting thereon. The process of website closure would be in effect a cease and desist order. The idea is good but the legislation as written may be too broad.

There's a definite problem when, for example, newly released films are on certain websites, supported by advertisers, for all to view. The bill requires some rewriting.

Also, I don't think that your worry is that the Justice Dept. would be interested in pursuing the single axis golf forum. It may be more that there are quacks out there who threaten to initiate fivolous legal action.
Doubts the need to combat piracy and copyright infringement.

But the two bills as written dont just leave a crack in the door ...it kicka the door down and leaves citizens vulnerable to widespread misuse of power.

There are besides the obvious points already, there a host os technical and security issues that will kill the intenet as we now enjoy it.

But the main thing is this legislation cant stop piracy ....not as it is now written. Did prohition work?

Kevin

Never quit til you have a swing you'll never forget!
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Joined: November 27th, 2004, 1:41 pm

January 20th, 2012, 12:04 am #8

The problem is that under the bill the legal action would not be 'frivolous'.

Peter
The worry is that frivolous legal action can aways be initiated notwithstanding a bill.

Did you mean that the bill prohibits frivolous legal action, whether suit or cease and desist or rather that the legal action afforded under the bill is the shutting down of a website?

Scott
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Joined: November 27th, 2004, 1:41 pm

January 20th, 2012, 12:20 am #9

But there are quacks in the government too.
Let's not forget our congressional gentlemen and gentleladies who buried a bill that would subject themselves to the same insider-trading rules that they use to catch the real criminals.

Scott
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Joined: October 11th, 2001, 7:22 pm

January 20th, 2012, 2:01 am #10

So frustrating sometimes...but we ultimately only have ourselves to blame for not watching and electing these cronies!

Kevin

Never quit til you have a swing you'll never forget!
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