Reply to Doug Benson re: SOPA

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Firstly, let me give you a little background on myself. I’m a veteran Windows / Unix administrator that has been working professionally in IT since graduating high school in 1990 but have been ear deep in the world of computers since grammar school. I’ve worked in all-kinds of roles through my career, everything from video game development to most recently, a 6 year stint as a technology director for a large private investigation firm. Having worked in such positions and being and enormous film buff, I am acutely aware how Internet policy affects intellectual property.

My initial tweet to you stemmed from the discussion between yourself and Redban during the last IceHouse podcast. Both of you made some valid points but I felt the discussion did not touch upon the real problems with the proposed legislation which I feel is nothing more than a mechanism to censor free speech on the Internet.

Glaring problems with SOPA

SOPA is a piece of legislation that if passed, will allow the US government and a handful of private sector ‘entities’ to halt traffic to any given Internet domain by blocking the DNS record that resolves the website name to the specific address of the hosting server… without any form of due process or legal procedure. The most obvious problem with policing the Internet in this fashion is that it can be instantly negated by simply using a non-US DNS server to resolve the sites address. In fact, there is already a Firefox plug-in that will toggle the ability for you.

Once you realize the system is inherently flawed, you have to ask yourself why the government would continue to push such a bill forward?

With the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the US government placed the issue of Internet piracy under the jurisdiction of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of Homeland Security which we all know provides zero transparency to the public and consistently hides all of it’s activities behind the curtain of “national security”. If the TRUE goal of SOPA was indeed to protect intellectual property, why would it’s regulation not be placed under the Department of Commerce?

Another interesting note is that if you look at the list of supposed SOPA supporters, you will find that it has nearly no backing from software or technology companies that were in reality, the first industries affected by piracy and have the most experience dealing with the issue. Furthermore, there have been several companies on that list that have now stated they have never endorsed the policy and are demanding they be removed from the list.

While I do whole-heartedly support anything that helps protect intellectual property and provides income to those who create such content, I believe that the most effective way for this to happen is to allow the industry to evolve… Podcasts and other content that can be marketed directly from the creator to the viewer as Louis CK just demonstrated are a perfect example of this evolution and I feel that it will allow for the purest form of artistic expression.

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List of Supporters: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act

December 23, 2011 5 comments


Let these corporations and organizations know that their profits should NOT be a priority over our freedom.

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
American Federation of Television and RList of Supporters: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Actadio Artists (AFTRA)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Americans for Tax Reform
Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies
Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Beachbody, LLC
BMG Chrysalis
Building and Construction Trades Department
Capitol Records Nashville
Cengage Learning
Christian Music Trade Association
Church Music Publishers’ Association
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP)
Concerned Women for America (CWA)
Congressional Fire Services Institute
Copyright Alliance
Coty, Inc.
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
Council of State Governments
Country Music Association
Country Music Television
Covington & Burling LLP
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
Creative America
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
EMI Christian Music Group
EMI Music Publishing
Estée Lauder Companies
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Go Daddy
Gospel Music Association
Graphic Artists Guild
Hachette Book Group
HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Inc.
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE)
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Union of Police Associations
Irell & Manella LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
Lathrop & Gage LLP
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Lost Highway Records
Major County Sheriffs
Major League Baseball
Majority City Chiefs
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
MasterCard Worldwide
MCA Records
McGraw-Hill Education
Mercury Nashville
Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC)
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Moving Picture Technicians
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Crime Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
National Football League
National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee
National League of Cities
National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
National Songwriters Association
National Troopers Coalition
News Corporation
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Pearson Education
Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Phillips Nizer, LLP
Pfizer, Inc.
Proskauer Rose LLP
Provident Music Group
Random House
Raulet Property Partners
Republic Nashville
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Scholastic, Inc.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Showdog Universal Music
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Nashville
State International Development Organization (SIDO)
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
The Perseus Books Groups
The United States Conference of Mayors
Tiffany & Co.
Time Warner
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
UMG Publishing Group Nashville
United States Chamber of Commerce
United States Tennis Association
Universal Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Visa, Inc.
W.W. Norton & Company
Warner Music Group
Warner Music Nashville
White & Case LLP
Wolters Kluewer Health
Word Entertainment

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If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Official Theatrical Trailer

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment

If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Official Theatrical Trailer

So I recently watched this documentary “If A Tree Falls” that has recently made it’s way to iTunes and thought it was great. What I found most interesting is that although the film deals with such polarizing issues as terrorism and the treatment of the environment, it did not adhere to any specific agenda. It was quite enjoyable experience being allowed to empathize equally with both the activists and the investigators dealing acts of “eco-terrorism” in a pre-9/11 world.

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What the fruck?

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment


I’ve had a brog for two years?

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