All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Seriously. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK WORLD.
"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."
The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.
No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.
Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.
Fox News confirms this:
Youtube video explaining this:
ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th
"Under CISPA, can a private company read my emails?
Yes. Under CISPA, any company can “use cybersecurity systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information to protect the rights and property” of the company. This phrase is being interpreted to mean monitoring your communications—including the contents of email or private messages on Facebook.
Right now, well-established laws, like the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, prevent companies from routinely monitoring your private communications. Communications service providers may only engage in reasonable monitoring that balances the providers' needs to protect their rights and property with their subscribers' right to privacy in their communications. And these laws expressly allow lawsuits against companies that go too far. CISPA destroys these protections by declaring that any provision in CISPA is effective “notwithstanding any other law” and by creating a broad immunity for companies against both civil and criminal liability. This means companies can bypass all existing laws, as long as they claim a vague “cybersecurity” purpose."
More details and what to do here.
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Course this is the kind of crap that leads to companies asking for your Facebook password. Or they won't hire you. Oh wait -
From the flist:
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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.
Read this analysis from boing-boing.net
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.
“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition then! It’s the zombie apocalypse!”
This made me bust out laughing. I am so strange.
Come on, how many times have you considered drastic measures to get a book that's been checked out forever?
This would be funny if it wasn't just a little sad. R.I.P touch based, hard formatted, paper filled cubes.
It's just some random thought I had yesterday.
Warning - I will be talking about, Star Trek, Star Trek Next Generation, Enterprise and concepts of complete stupidity on my part - Forgive Me.
WHERE IS ALL THE BIRTH CONTROL IN SPACE?
You heard me.
Illegitimate kids seem to pop up all the time in the future.
Think about it. Kirk, yep. Picard, two, I think, no one every really explained Weslie. Worf had Alexander. Even the Q had illegitimate kids running around.
So where is the birth control, people? Does it not exist in the future?
And if so how is that possible?
You can travel at warp speed but condoms or the pill are too complex a concept for you?
Kirk alone probably has kids on every planet he visited. I seem to recall most of them were backward planets where he went undercover. (pun inteneded) So I don't think they had advanced birth control. I forgive them. But Kirk come on where in the federation guidelines did the no interference clause say you could get busy with the natives?
Let's not even mention disease. I mean how could Kirk think about getting busy with green moon women. He did realize he'd be sleeping with every green moon man they had slept with, right?
Even Trip a lowly engineer was not immune to the stupidity, he sticks his hand in a bowl of rocks and ends up the first pregnant human male.
I bet if that happened to Kirk he would have learned to keep his jump suit on.
So in conclusion I ask you people, really where is the birth control?
Now I have to go wash the geek off of me. I feel dirty.
Not true. I posted on the slash pile and made some original fictin recommendations.
Good stuff all around.
if anyone is interested in original slash fiction head on over to http://community.livejournal.com/the_slash_pile/
People post recommendations for original fiction, web-zines, comics, movies. Pretty much anything else slash wise.
Oh, and for people interested in a complex alternate universe where all your favorite celebrites get busy have I got the slave-verse for you.
Sounds kinda strange right? Well it is kinda strange.
So heres poisontaster's warning about the story.
A Kept Boy is an RPS AU involving slavery, abuse (adult and child) in all forms (verbal, physical, mental), inequalities of power, and dark, adult concepts regarding same. At heart, it's a love story, but it goes through some bad, dark places to get there. Be warned, if any of these are not your cup of tea. This is in no way a true story.
Great stuff from poisontaster. Also stories from other members on the site based in the same verse and occasionally on characters from the original story.
Here are some sites that I frequent that offer thousands of free e books. All legal and above board.
There are free short stories from this publisher.
Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton is availbale at Sony e book for free. It is part of a promotion for Divine Misdemeanors.
Great book. Can't wait for the new one.
I haven't posted in awhile but whatever I'm here now.
I have recently discovered Glee on Fox. I know it's been out since September, but I'm one person, I can only watch so much television.
Especially the fall line up, most of the new stuff only lasts a few episodes then it's cancelled.
I hate that, it's not like the network will give me a refund for my time.
Anyway I am loving Glee. It just the right amount of crazy and musical theatre. Way cooler than it sounds.
The concept for the show is a group of misfits high schoolers who...... you guessed it........joined the Glee Club. For those of you who don't know what that is. Here is wiki link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glee_club
So our misfits are lead by a well meaning but clueless teacher, whose wife is even more clueless. His goal is to restart the Glee club and keep it going. To do that he needs funding, and for that they must win awards.
I know so far it sounds like every inspirational movie you've ever seen. All we need now is Denzel telling us to remember the Titans.
You can relax though, in between bitchin musical numbers we have teen drama. Not 90210 drama, this drama is tongue in cheek.
Thank god. I cannot take another teen drama that actually thinks it's real. (I'm looking at you cast of OC)
Here are some lines from the show.
Rachel: I tried (to vomit) but I guess I just don’t have a gag reflex.
Counselor Emma: One Day when you’re older, that’ll turn out to be a gift.
Quinn to her cheerleaders: God bless the perv that invented these (short cheerleader skirts). Remember the power motto, girls. It’s all about the teasing and not about the pleasing.
Random cheerleader: Ooh back it up like a dump truck.
The enemy of our sweet teach Will is Sue the cheer-leading coach. Who is freakin insane, and yet might be funniest person on the show.
In an effort to get rid of Will and keep all of her funding for the cheer-leading squad Sue actively tries to break up the club or Will's marriage.
You know whatever works.
Here is line she said to his wife while trying to convince her he's having an affair.
"Let me be frank: Your husband's hiding his kielbasa in a Hickory Farms gift-basket that doesn't belong to you."
Her comment on another teacher.
"a mentally-ill ginger pygmy with eyes like a bush baby"...
Sue also takes a pro littering stance. Throws out random racism and wants to win cheer-leading competitions for the funding. She wants the money to buy a hovercraft.
Beyond the clueless characters is the music. Which I say again is bitchin.
They cover a wide range of songs and are just amazing. Here look.