Like Fideo Castro? :P
Like Fideo Castro? :P
Disney’s Bob Iger Refuses To Talk With Tech Companies Over SOPA | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
Yeah, nothing to worry about here...move along.Quote:
Jerry Iger was a cartoonist who worked for and with Will Eisner. His son, Robert Iger, is now CEO of Disney, and the man who persuaded Marvel to sell to Disney. He is a keen supporter of SOPA and PIPA legislation.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein has trying to broker some kind of agreement between IP owners and tech companies over the current legislation being discussed. The Huffington Post reports;
Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Bob Iger declined the invitation on behalf of content providers. “Hollywood did not feel that a meeting with Silicon Valley would be productive at this time,” said a spokesperson. The meeting took place with only tech companies present. Feinstein, once a reliable vote for the existing version of Protect IP, is now working hard to amend the bill, according to Senate Democratic aides.
This isn't just supporting legislation. This is declining to even hear or discuss arguments against it. Now that’s just being pig headed. Or mouse headed if you prefer.
Neil Gaiman, Trent Reznor & Other Artists’ Open Letter To Washington Regarding SOPA, PIPA | Geeks of Doom
More 'fear mongering'Quote:
An open letter to Washington from Artists and Creators
We, the undersigned, are musicians, actors, directors, authors, and producers. We make our livelihoods with the artistic works we create. We are also Internet users.
We are writing to express our serious concerns regarding the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
As creative professionals, we experience copyright infringement on a very personal level. Commercial piracy is deeply unfair and pervasive leaks of unreleased films and music regularly interfere with the integrity of our creations. We are grateful for the measures policymakers have enacted to protect our works.
We, along with the rest of society, have benefited immensely from a free and open Internet. It allows us to connect with our fans and reach new audiences. Using social media services like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, we can communicate directly with millions of fans and interact with them in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.
We fear that the broad new enforcement powers provided under SOPA and PIPA could be easily abused against legitimate services like those upon which we depend. These bills would allow entire websites to be blocked without due process, causing collateral damage to the legitimate users of the same services – artists and creators like us who would be censored as a result.
We are deeply concerned that PIPA and SOPA’s impact on piracy will be negligible compared to the potential damage that would be caused to legitimate Internet services. Online piracy is harmful and it needs to be addressed, but not at the expense of censoring creativity, stifling innovation or preventing the creation of new, lawful digital distribution methods.
We urge Congress to exercise extreme caution and ensure that the free and open Internet, upon which so many artists rely to promote and distribute their work, does not become collateral damage in the process.
* Aziz Ansari
* Kevin Devine, Musician
* Barry Eisler, Author
* Neil Gaiman, Author
* Lloyd Kaufman, Filmmaker
* ZoŽ Keating, Musician
* The Lonely Island
* Daniel Lorca, Musician (Nada Surf)
* Erin McKeown, Musician
* Benjamin Goldwasser, MGMT
* Andrew VanWyngarden, MGMT
* Samantha Murphy, Musician
* OK Go
* Amanda Palmer, Musician (The Dresden Dolls)
* Quiet Company
* Trent Reznor
* Adam Savage, Special Effects Artist (MythBusters)
* Hank Shocklee, Music Producer (Public Enemy, The Bomb Squad)
* Johnny Stimson, Musician
Senators behind PIPA are a bunch of copyright infringers - Boing Boing
This is a screencap of PIPA co-sponsor Roy Blunt's Twitter page from a couple of days ago. The background image is by photographer Walter Rowland. I spoke to his wife Linny, and she told me: "Wow, I'm so surprised to see that someone would do this. Especially a senator! It's even more of a violation because I'm actually in the photo so it's as if I'm supporting his beliefs. Yes, that's one of my husband's photos who is actually a semi-professional photographer, and no, they weren't given permission." Roy has since changed the background on his Twitter in an attempt to cover his tracks.
Megaupload was taken down and Anonymous responds:
'Anonymous' Hackers Claim To Take Down Justice Department Website In Retaliation For Megaupload Shutdown | Fox News
Hackers aligned with the global cyber-collective known as Anonymous have claimed responsibility for taking down at least six prominent websites, including those of the US Department of Justice and Universal Music Group, in retaliation for charges levied earlier Thursday against content-sharing site Megaupload.com.
Both Universalmusic.com and Justice.gov crashed Thursday afternoon and remained down as of 6:50pm ET.
The group also said it brought down the websites of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the US Copyright Office and the Utah Chiefs of Police Association.
As of 6:50pm ET, only the MPAA website remained functional. The RIAA site and the Copyright Office sites were both down, while the Utah Chiefs of Police site had been altered to show the logo for Megaupload.com.
The group also threatened that the FBI's website would be hacked next.
"Word has it that FBI.gov is next to go down... will report when it is," a Twitter account affiliated with the group said.
Bleep! That was a nice source for ummmm good stuff.
Yeah, that sucks. Used Megaupload fairly frequently.
“Why is it that when Republicans and Democrats need to solve the budget and the deficit, there’s deadlock, but when Hollywood lobbyists pay them $94 million dollars to write legislation, people from both sides of the aisle line up to co-sponsor it?”
--Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian on CNBC.