How Can SOPA and PIPA Effect Bloggers?


sopa and pipa effect on bloggersThe Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) which aimed at demolishing the online freedom and spread of speech has fortunately been postponed on January 20, 2012 after US Government saw the biggest internet protest of the time. The protests were the biggest in Internet history, with over 115 thousand sites altering their webpages with black protest banners! With Wikipedia and reddit being the heavy protestors. As soon as FBI shutdown the largest free resource sharing website "MegaUpload" , tons of attacks were launched by Anonymous just after 70 minutes on government websites such as Justice Department, the FBI, Universal Music Group, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and Broadcast Music, Inc.

 

What is SOPA and PIPA?

These are two bills which were proposed in the US parliament as an open attack on sites that promote copyright infringement of content and goods. The biggest sponsor of the bills was HOLLYWOOD which includes the film and music industry. Though this may sound just ok but if this would have been passed than thousands of web owners which include us have been destroyed completely with a complete shutdown of their servers and online existence. From Wikipedia till Google, every single web service would have been attacked and abused. Internet service providers would have been forced to block websites that promote piracy and search engines like Google would have been pressurized to stop indexing such sites and stop sending them traffic. Read the complete story here.

How Can it be a Poison to Bloggers?

Bloggers are content generators. Publishing unique content without copyright violation is termed as "True Blogging". However its really difficult to produce everything by your own due to lack of resources. In order to engage readers more bloggers often rely on sharing resources provided by third party websites. Most new bloggers due to lack of experience often violate copyrights.

For instance all those blogs where resources are availed for free downloads violate copyrights of third party producers. Blogs that share wallpapers, audios, videos, movie clips, music videos, ebooks etc. could be seriously effected by this bill if they are saving such resources and files on sites such us Megashare or Megaupload or if they are linking to torrents.

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Such bloggers can be prisoned, put behind bars , with their careers seriously destroyed. Now bloggers and black hackers could be treated alike when it comes to court hearing.

How to make sure you stay safe?

As we have always stressed, please give more value to unique and quality content. Whether it may be SOPA or Google Panda , no one respects or allows redistributed content with re-shared material. Blogging can be a long term business with great future milestones if you feed it properly from the very first day. Write more, write good, publish something new each day and stay happy and safe forever. That's what blogging is all about.

Biggest Copyright Violator is Hollywood itself!

This is an extract of the press release published by Piratebay. Piratebay seriously accused HOLLYWOOD for giving birth to Copyright violation culture. I found this through reddit:

INTERNETS, 18th of January 2012. PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which would "do for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear". He called it the Kinetoscope. He was not only amongst the first to record video, he was also the first person to own the copyright to a motion picture.

Because of Edisons patents for the motion pictures it was close to financially impossible to create motion pictures in the North american east coast. The movie studios therefor relocated to California, and founded what we today call Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent. There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old stories and make movies out of them - like Fantasia, one of Disneys biggest hits ever.

So, the whole basis of this industry, that today is screaming about losing control over immaterial rights, is that they circumvented immaterial rights. They copied (or put in their terminology: "stole") other peoples creative works, without paying for it. They did it in order to make a huge profit. Today, they're all successful and most of the studios are on the Fortune 500 list of the richest companies in the world. Congratulations - it's all based on being able to re-use other peoples creative works. And today they hold the rights to what other people create. If you want to get something released, you have to abide to their rules. The ones they created after circumventing other peoples rules.

The reason they are always complainting about "pirates" today is simple. We've done what they did. We circumvented the rules they created and created our own. We crushed their monopoly by giving people something more efficient. We allow people to have direct communication between eachother, circumventing the profitable middle man, that in some cases take over 107% of the profits (yes, you pay to work for them). It's all based on the fact that we're competition. We've proven that their existance in their current form is no longer needed. We're just better than they are.

And the funny part is that our rules are very similar to the founding ideas of the USA. We fight for freedom of speech. We see all people as equal. We believe that the public, not the elite, should rule the nation. We believe that laws should be created to serve the public, not the rich corporations.

The Pirate Bay is truly an international community. The team is spread all over the globe - but we've stayed out of the USA. We have Swedish roots and a swedish friend said this: The word SOPA means "trash" in Swedish. The word PIPA means "a pipe" in Swedish. This is of course not a coincidence. They want to make the internet inte a one way pipe, with them at the top, shoving trash through the pipe down to the rest of us obedient consumers. The public opinion on this matter is clear. Ask anyone on the street and you'll learn that noone wants to be fed with trash. Why the US government want the american people to be fed with trash is beyond our imagination but we hope that you will stop them, before we all drown.

SOPA can't do anything to stop TPB. Worst case we'll change top level domain from our current .org to one of the hundreds of other names that we already also use. In countries where TPB is blocked, China and Saudi Arabia springs to mind, they block hundreds of our domain names. And did it work? Not really. To fix the "problem of piracy" one should go to the source of the problem. The entertainment industry say they're creating "culture" but what they really do is stuff like selling overpriced plushy dolls and making 11 year old girls become anorexic. Either from working in the factories that creates the dolls for basically no salary or by watching movies and tv shows that make them think that they're fat.

In the great Sid Meiers computer game Civilization you can build Wonders of the world. One of the most powerful ones is Hollywood. With that you control all culture and media in the world. Rupert Murdoch was happy with MySpace and had no problems with their own piracy until it failed. Now he's complainting that Google is the biggest source of piracy in the world - because he's jealous. He wants to retain his mind control over people and clearly you'd get a more honest view of things on Wikipedia and Google than on Fox News.

Some facts (years, dates) are probably wrong in this press release. The reason is that we can't access this information when Wikipedia is blacked out. Because of pressure from our failing competitors. We're sorry for that.

THE PIRATE BAY, (K)2012

 

Where do you stand?

Though the bill is still a topic of debate now and has been postponed in parliament until a unanimous agreement is reached between billionaires from Hollywood and hard working folks like us.

Rep. Lamar Smith postponed plans to draft the bill, saying "The committee remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation ... The House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution."

Let us know how strongly you respect copyrights of others and how much do you preach the message of honoring others hard work. Do you think SOPA and PIPA could ever be accepted? Share your reasons and highlight any point I would have missed sharing. Peace and blessings pals! :)

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  1. You can't help it even if you are 100% sure that you have not violated copyrights. These SOPA people will catch anything on your blog or site and MAKE it as a copyright violation.

    Internet War has just begun and the proof is Megaupload down and Anonymous coming up and showing what will they do.

    Do believe that if SOPA/PIPA comes in, internet would be no more a freedom and people will fear and ultimately will be Doomed.

    Watch this video as well:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc&feature=relmfu

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  2. Me too, I really don't like it,Sopa vulnerable to be misused...

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  3. hey the bill has been pulled yesterday by smith you posted about sopa a bit late

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  4. And Mohammad please this "Jafar Spam" :D from MBT spread all over :p

    And you seem to be busy a lot these days as you have not replied to my mails.

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  5. @sam
    That's indeed true fighting and censoring billions of pages online is close to impossible, especially when the protestors include wikipedia, Google and reddit in the list.

    I just replied your emails pal. :>


    @siddhesh
    yes that is true because I didn't had access to wiki. :)

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  6. You know Megaupload was used to pay $1 million for 36 servers PER MONTH. That equals around $28K for one server. Just imagine how big it was.

    Mohammad I replied you back and there is a guest post in it.

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  7. these govt people do not know when to stop, they should not start problems because they will not be able to handle the backlash. I am pretty sure these basterds use these internet services too. Just like when alcohol was banned in americal in the early 20th century, the basterds who banned the stuff were drinking it.

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  8. Well it is a very good idea for SOPA and PIPA to come and stay because it very rare to see bloggers sourcing the article they copied back to the rightful author.....i do copy and re-write original articles from the original authors but before posting the article i make sure i source or link that same article back to the original writer.

    Thank You

    CEO: www.naijacareerportal.com

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  9. This is really an eye opener for us all especially those that are new in Blogging.
    Thanks man!

    Ovie Israel
    Admin @ www.nigeriadailyupdates.com

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  10. what about movie piracy Mustafa bhai????

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  11. Bro can you tell me that will it effect my blog ?
    I copy news from other websites but i always give the source and also i have written clearly at the bottom of the page that i do not own anything.
    I m really worried :(

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  12. im really worried as i give all premium seo tools for free, i dnt want them 2 take down my blog, if they cn take down megaupload then they cn do almost anything.... Mustafa cn u check my blog and tell me wht initiatives or precautions i shud take to prevent my blog from copyright violations...

    http://bloggingtoolsfree.blogspot.com

    Please check once mustafa.... Il b waiting...

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  13. i think we are winning last time i participate in the protest by just sending a mail to the congress , and i receive a mail which was telling that you are heard and it is solved!

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  14. @Eugene Madondo
    There is always someone to create a problem in this world and that's how life goes on.

    @admin
    It doesn't matters if you have given a link back to the original author. The point they will make is "HAVE YOU TAKEN PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR". The answer is most cases would be "NO". So almost no one is safe because even the smallest of smallest loopholes is made used of.

    @Online Wisdom Book Shoppe
    That is the biggest piracy and most fast to be taken down.

    @Haider Afridi
    Yes it can affect because you have not taken permission of the original author. Doesn't matters you gave a link back or not.

    @Shireen Fatima
    Put some kind of a Disclaimer on your blog atleast. It doesn't protect you but its a step that has to be taken. And don't worry about the blog to be taken down girl. "Aaall izzz well" :p

    @Faiz
    Yes its kinda solved but I don't think completely. I have given a link to Mohammad yesterday night and hopefully he will make a good use of it :)

    I think I have not missed anyone for their queries. Did I?

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  15. HI THIS IS OFF TOPIC BUT U DIDNT REPLIED MY PREVIOUS COMMENTS ON TOPIC RELATED TO FLOATING SHARING BUTTON,WEN I USE THESE SAME FLOTING SHARE BUTTON THAT U USE MY BLOG NAME APPEAR FIRST THAN POST TITLE WHEN SHARED ON FACE?WHAT SHOULD I DO THAT MY POST TITLE SHOULD APPEAR FIRST THAN BLOG TITLE? PLZ HELP

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  17. Well Well Well Surely Sopa and pipa will kill the internet for me at least here is new news about SOPA And PIPA (FBI)

    http://www.mybloggerlab.com/2012/01/sopa-and-pipa-would-eliminate-internets.html

    http://www.mybloggerlab.com/2012/01/sopa-and-pipa-hammered-over-filepost.html

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  18. Apologies for delay for late reply firends.

    Since this bill has no logic and the reason why giant services like wikipedia and reddit opposed it was because even they could have not escaped the penalties put forward by the suggested new Privacy Laws.

    You can continue what you do well and there is nothing to be feared. Though I will never recommend that you link to torrents at least.

    Linking back Text content makes sense only if the content is rewritten in your own words without duplicate issues. You don't need author permission for linking back.

    Linking back public products is also applicable and is highly recommended.

    Attaching credits and attributes is the safest thing to do. Be generous in linking other fellow bloggers because most people often thank us when we talk about them or link them for their widgets. They often link back as a warm welcome

    @Online Wisdom
    Yes this is one of the biggest reasons that hot nerved Hollywood and gave birth to these new terms! :)


    @Haider
    As I said you can never copy the text but you can rewrite the news in your own words without even linking back. Else you can use Blockquotes if you just want to copy and paste because blockquotes are never marked as duplicate content by Google.

    @Dr Lolz
    Please read this tutorial : Make homepage title appear after post titles

    @shireen
    Sister of course who would like it when you are distributing their paid content for free. You must read the links I shared at the bottom of posts. Please avoid this habit.

    @Sam

    Thanks sam for taking time and helping others buddy. Really appreciated it.

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  19. Shireen is some kind of in my field :p

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  20. Nice Post.I have learned a lot from MBT.Way Back in 2010, when i started Blogging, I have started as a Spammer, because i knew nothing about Blogging and Importance of Unique Content then my one internet friend of mine gives the Link of your website and till that day i have learnt a lot from your website and i can say that From a Spammer i have become the Blogger

    Credits to you Sir.Keep Posting

    Today the Google changes its Privacy Policies.I there fore request you to post next article on

    Google New Policies and How it will effect Bloggers ?

    Thanks and Regards

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  21. i support it. because i hate facebook

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  22. I Just Wanna Say To Them ''Don't Be Evil''

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  23. Hi sir, m blogger from india. suppose if i am sharing android paid apps free of cost it will effect on me??? because in video i can see SOPA and PIPA only for U.K and U.S.A.

    So my confusion is am from INDIA and am i safe???
    please help me...
    Thanks before...

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