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US Senator tries to slip ISP copyright enforcement into stimulus bill

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 11 Feb 2009 18:15 User comments (20)

US Senator tries to slip ISP copyright enforcement into stimulus bill Earlier this morning Alex Curtis at the Public Knowledge website was calling attention to the latest attempt to sneak a provision directly from the copyright lobby into a bill. Senator Feinstein, who predictably represents California, proposed an addition to the economic stimulus plan being rushed through Congress. Her amendment would declare ISP monitoring of all web traffic for copyright violations to be reasonable network management.
This would open the door for the so-called three strikes rules record labels and movie studios are anxious to see implemented. Their plan is to convince ISPs to disconnect users based on traffic monitoring data, avoiding expensive lawsuits they can't seem to win when challenged in court.

It would also have an unprecedented effect on the privacy of US citizens. Technological differences aside, it would be similar to letting a private company open all your mail, listen in on all your phone calls, and follow you around recording everything you say or do - even in private settings.

And even if there weren't serious legal and ethical questions it's simply not possible to tell the difference between copyright infringement and fair use this way. Just because the use of a work isn't authorized by the copyright holder doesn't automatically make it infringement.

For now the bill has been passed by both houses of Congress without the amendment, but it's still possible for it to be added at the last minute behind closed doors in the conference session between the Senate and House of Representatives.

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20 user comments

111.2.2009 19:13

Oh snap.... =X

211.2.2009 19:22

Ah dims modern fascism at its finniest...
The reapers are better at classic fascism....

311.2.2009 21:09

When Will They Just Give Up Already

411.2.2009 22:58

I would love names to be disclosed in headlines. "US senator Diane Feinstein tries to silp ISP copyright enforcement into stimulus bill" or "Californian senator Frankenstein's monster wants to control you." Don't laugh, I'm not being facetious. I live in SoCal. She is horrible and is at the root of all evil when protecting the scumbag big business buttheads who are sucking off the hardworking people of the U.S. in getting their golden parachutes and big time bailouts from the gov. All our children and grandchildren are going to support their plush, luxuorios lifestyle. How long until "Bastille Day?" We Americans used to take pride in helping free France in WWII. Many people here even regarded the French as "soft" and "easy to fold and give in". We were pompous and arrogant. Truly "ugly Americans." If only the populace here could live up to what the French are now. you see the workers there and unions in France fighting for their rights and freedoms. When is the last time we in the U.S.A. have seen this? Freedom and liberty is never won for good. You have to always fight to maintain it. There are always those wanting to take it away on macro and micro levels. It has nothing to do with the people. It is a sick world in which we live in. One would think we would progress and improve over time, we haven't. We don't learn from and improve from our previous mistakes, we make them over and over again and will continue to. As you can see, I'm very optomistic tonight.

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511.2.2009 23:22

i wonder what would happen if i took the copper end of the wire they got running into my house and stuck in my 220 plug outlet.

Monitor That.

612.2.2009 4:05
cousinkix
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What else did you expect from this paranoid pistol packing politician? Kalifornia's Frankenstein monster's primary object is to disarm everybody but herself and those jack booted thugs, who are paid to enforce her fascist laws...

712.2.2009 8:22

Originally posted by cousinkix:
What else did you expect from this paranoid pistol packing politician? Kalifornia's Frankenstein monster's primary object is to disarm everybody but herself and those jack booted thugs, who are paid to enforce her fascist laws...
And considering that California is literally on another planet when it comes to their thinking and ideals (gay marriage, legal marijuana, recalling the governor, etc.) I'm surprised that they would vote someone like this into office... I'm assuming she came in under the radar, and if this was blown into front page news, she would be on her way out as well!

812.2.2009 8:40

Land of the free, huh?

They ought to pass a proper law to stop this clear & obvious perversion of the law.

1) It ought to be mandatory that anyone passing or trying to pass this sort of 'business bill' should be barred from having anything to do with the industry in terms of employment or consultative 'work', ever, and
2) they should also have their bank accounts and the bank accounts of their close family monitored for 30yrs (and the accounts of anyone else or any business connected to them) to ensure no payments are ever made.

It's their choice to go into politics and they must be seen to be above any kind of suspicion whatsoever.

That would stop this kind of law so obviously framed to solely benefit big business and disadvantage the people.

See how they like it when it's their privacy that is illusory.

Take the possibility of any kind of personal or familial reward away.

It's the only way.

912.2.2009 12:05

I can't see it slipping in. At least not with this round of stimulus. People are fed up enough with the bailouts of the biggest criminals in the country. In the state most Americans are in now, it wouldn't be prudent to add this burden to them. Most have had their homes and jobs taken away. Now they want to take away basic freedoms? But hey, you never know.

1012.2.2009 12:22

I also vote for shoving your ISP's cable-in wire into the 220V. oppppss!
How many mSEC's before the monitoring stops?

LOL

Good one DXR88

1112.2.2009 15:01

Originally posted by joepet200:
I also vote for shoving your ISP's cable-in wire into the 220V. oppppss!
How many mSEC's before the monitoring stops?

LOL

Good one DXR88
Gotta wonder if that would work or just fry the internal wiring in your home. In my case, the jack on the wall goes directly outside. Hmm....

1212.2.2009 16:37

This proposal reeks of greed and medieval intents, and reminds me that there was a time when Microsoft was considered an unbeatable monopoly until the smart and innovative guys from Google found a way to compete. Feinstein’s amendment deserves to be monitored and scrutinized until it dies quietly in some US senate hallway.

BTW check out my cartoon for this story
http://www.pcdisorder.com/2009/02/oops-t...ur-privacy.html

1312.2.2009 19:59

*bleep* feinstein, if she can run again, make sure she doesnt get in

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1412.2.2009 20:32

Very sneaky.
But i have to say it does not surprise me to try and sneak this kinda thing in without people noticing.

1513.2.2009 7:03

Originally posted by jetyi83:
*bleep* feinstein, if she can run again, make sure she doesnt get in
Let's keep the foul language out of the News items in future.



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1613.2.2009 8:04

what can you say. someone else worse would replace Feinstein-San Fransisco pretty much loony toons already. We got what we voted for! And both parties are bonkers.

sorry creaky about politics.

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1713.2.2009 18:24

Obama to Di Fi...
"WE won the election so f**k 'em!"

1817.2.2009 9:00

Run4two, Feinstein is just protecting her sponcers the movie industry. If it doesn't make this bill it will be in something else before the end of the year. Anti piracy entities were some of the biggest contributers this election. P2P as we know it in the US is doomed.

1917.2.2009 9:24

Just to stick it to users one more time now New York State want to tax internet downloads (especially Porno which means big bucks). I say they should tax drug dealers before they tax wankers.

2018.2.2009 8:19

gflltc, what did you win? I guess if you are anti-P2P you did win!

Obama got elected with conciderable help from the anti-piracy groups. His term will extermaite P2P as we know it in the US. The legal dept of the Whitehouse is wall to wall RIAA lawyers. They will be able to drive a mack truck up yours in a few years once they get the laws iron clad.

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