aislynn: (Tron Legacy - Quorra & Kevin distance)
Originally posted by [ profile] write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

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Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

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Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.

“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.

This is scary. I'm not talking about what some people have dismissed this as: "Oh, you're just mad because it'll stop you from downloading movies and music for free!" A vaguely written law that gives government the ability to decide what websites you can go to? That's a huge blow to free speech in America, how could that not be?

And I suppose this part depends on your opinion on vidding but I personally believe it's a valid art form. It's a means of remixing video and music in a way that is uniquely your own vision. I've never seen a vidder try to claim that they personally filmed the movie/show or created the music. Vidders don't make money off their vids (at least, none that I've ever met; being the Internet, you learn never to assume that somebody hasn't tried something crazy by now ;) ). Vids are for entertainment and for your own expression. But under these bills, not only would it become impossible to share your own vids with anybody if you're in the US, it would be illegal to watch vids as well.

Any site that allows user-generated content would have to be monitored heavily to make sure that somebody doesn't upload something "infringing," whether it's a song playing in the background while you're filming your dog doing something cute or whatever. User-generated content would basically have to STOP for most websites because the penalty would be too high if something got through.

This is really ridiculous, in my opinion. I'm not saying that the movie/TV show/music copyright holders don't have a right to not want their material pirated. Of course they do. But this net they're trying to cast is so very broad that it's not going to just catch people pirating movies and music and all of that. It's going to target everybody who has ever used copyrighted material, no matter in how much of a NOT "Here, I'm helping you to illegally obtain this content!" way.

I didn't get interested in Doctor Who until I started seeing vids for it. I didn't watch it because the commercials made me want to see it, I got interested from what vidders had to say about it. I'd hate to even tell you how much I've spent now on DVD sets and merchandise that the copyright holders never would've seen from me if not for those vids. There have been songs that I disliked on the radio and would never have bought for its own sake. Then I saw a great vid using that song and suddenly... I really like it. My opinion flipped completely and solely because of a vid. Vids are great promotional tools provided for free and out of sheer love from fans of a show or band. They don't take the place of legally buying the products they promote.

But regardless of how you feel about the legalities of vidding, the bottom line is that whenever you're ready to implement censorship in such a broad way, it's a very bad, scary and troubling step to take. You think this doesn't affect you if you're not a vidder or if you're not in America? If this passes, then just you wait and see. You'll be next.
aislynn: (Zachary Quinto - spiraling)
The Mysterious Case of the Phantom Caller - a hard-boiled soft-boiled mystery of utter terror and suspense!

The phone rang. Our heroine, a dame with eyes as sharp as a fangirl's squee and a disposition like a vidder without a good quality source material, picked up the receiver and sharply said, "Hello?"

Static accosted her ears, mocking her as it had for the past three days. Days as long as a night without a soul. The display on the handset suddenly read No line.

"How can there be no line if I just got a call?" she asked in a world-weary voice and pushed the off button. Before she could hang it up, the phone rang again.

"Rats!" she swore in that charming way she had of cursing without actually using acknowledged curse words. Then she realized something was wrong. It wasn't "the phone" ringing, as in the collective number of phones connected to the single house line.

It was literally one phone ringing somewhere in the house, one lone warbling ring amidst the handful of the other phones all sitting as accusingly silent as the grave at midnight.

She looked down at the handset still in her grip and the screen read "Extension in use."

But that couldn't be. None of the other extensions were up. Were they?

Click here to continue the terrifying tale... if you dare! )
aislynn: (Dr Horrible - anger song)
Unfortunately, LVI has been hacked quite seriously, :( so for anybody on my flist who visits there, please do NOT try to go to the forum board or main site until we get this cleaned up. If you've already been, be sure to run your full arsenal of anti-virus and anti-malware programs to make sure this blankin' thing didn't hit you with anything. >:[

I was on my mom's computer when I decided to check in this morning and her Norton caught a Malicious Tootkit trying to get in. O_O I took it down and immediately cleared all the temp files, ran a Norton quick scan and both AdAware and Spybot scans. Everything came back okay, so hopefully no damage was done.

Anyway, Warren is on it and we'll let you guys know when it's safe to come back. So very sorry for the inconvenience and hopefully this blankity-blankin' hacker won't have managed to do any damage to anybody! :(

ETA: This is now night for me and the weird header code is still coming up when I just checked the site a bit ago (I quickly closed the tab and none of the security programs went off, so hopefully Warren has got the worst of it out already). But just to be safe, I'd say be very wary of going back to LVI until we're sure it's clean again. So sorry for the inconvenience!

*thwaps all hackers with a thousand and one rubber chickens* >:[



Dec. 10th, 2008 11:49 am
aislynn: (Doctor Who - Ten has run out of happy)
Okay, this has NOT been my year for a smoothly running computer and Internet. >:[ I've been having trouble losing connection the past few days but last night everything just went off. I thought my router had gone out so I got a new one. Which couldn't set up because it "couldn't acquire network status." :S So I tried to hook my old one up. Same message. *sigh* Turns out that it's my ISP who's having "major region-wide issues." *tears out hair* There's no idea when they'll get it fixed. So right now I'm plugged directly into the modem and I have some spotty connection. :S

I just mainly wanted to let everybody know where I've disappeared to and why I've stopped answering comments and where the last chapter of "Balancing Act" went. :S At least I can finish it up even without the Internet but I obviously can't have it beta'd unless I, you know, want to send it by snail-mail. :S J/K (mostly). ;)

So I'll be around as much as possible! Wish me (well, technically, wish my ISP ;) ) luck in getting things working again! *hugs you all* ♥!


Sep. 25th, 2008 01:04 pm
aislynn: (Doctor Who - Party in the TARDIS!)
Yay, I'm on the Internet again!!!!! *jumps for joy* After 2 days of huge ol' computer problems, I'm finally (cautiously O_O ;) ) back up and running again!

Anyway, needless to say I'm waaaaay behind in everything. I'm going to work on catching up on my comments, then on seeing what all is up with you guys! *clings to Internet* Don't ever leave me again!!! ;) You know, it sucks to just not be able to get onto the Internet or to not have your computer working right, but it MASSIVELY sucks when you have to spend days just trying one fix after another and nothing seems to want to work the way it's supposed to! o_O :(

So here's how it all happened...Click for the epic story! ;) )
aislynn: (Dean - sad face)
Oh man, I really hope I'm not coming down with the flu again 'cause I felt like yuck all day today. :( So I got very little done on "Balancing Act" and just mainly sort of hung out watching "Ashes to Ashes" (still loving it ♥! ) and feeling just this side of miserable (kinda like I was on the outskirts of Miserable Proper in the suburb of Slightly Wretched ;) ).

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day! I've got Chapter 5 worked out in my head now (I'd been a bit stuck on a plot point and the solution finally popped to mind today, yay!) so it's just a matter of getting it jotted down, cleaned up and sent off to be beta'ed.

And now, it's off to bed with me, hopefully to wake up feeling like I've exited Slightly Wretched and have Miserable Proper firmly in my rear view mirror as I head back to the Land of the Living! ;)

At least my ability to ride weird metaphors into the ground seems to have survived unscathed... ;)

Hope you're all doing well! *hugs* ♥!
aislynn: (Doctor Who - LJ drama killed Jack)
*gulp* O_O )

Welp, back to work, then! Hope you guys are having a great night! LJ seems a little quiet tonight, even the comms aren't moving very fast. Maybe a lot of people are away or something? Who knows? ;) Nighty-night! *big hugs!* ♥♥♥!!!


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