Yes, I know these bills have been tabled for now, so we are a little late to the party. While we here at RMECS are firmly committed to fighting piracy and do not support it, we are in clear opposition to these bills. Again, not because the bills themselves are anti-piracy, this just isn’t the way to do it. It is the equivalent of taking large steps that will hurt more than it stops.  We are in full support of parts of the bill, for example, the part that allows for the removal of funding from “rogue” sites. If a site is profiting from piracy, cutting off it’s funds is a quick way to shut it down and since services like PayPal are based in the United States, they can’t ask users for donations. But the issues we have are with website blocking and censoring of users. While we don’t get an exorbitant amount of comments here, we’d have to check each one to make sure there is no copyrighted material or we’d be shut down. That means we’d have to step back from fixing computers to become censors, and that isn’t what we are all about.
In addition, as ironic as it is, the bill made rules against services like tor which were designed by the US government in an effort to subvert other countries censorship rules.

 

Overall, this bill was just plain bad. However, it is not gone. The MPAA and RIAA are not going to give up and we here at RMECS don’t expect them to quit. In fact we support bills against piracy. There just needs to be a convergence of technical knowledge in what we CAN do without infringing on sites, like ours, that were not designed to be pirates.

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