The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), passed in 1998, is a lousy piece of legislation and a very useful lens through which to regard these two new pieces of legislation. Think of all the stories you've read over the past 14 years of people slapping DMCA takedowns of content that they didn't own, just because they didn't like what it had to say. One that comes to mind is Uri Gellar, the popular psychic who performed spoon bending and other tricks on TV in the 1970s. Using a DMCA claim, he had YouTube pull videos of him being humiliated during a 1973 appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, when he had no copyright claim to them at all.
This is exactly what will happen with Protect IP and SOPA. We've seen it again and again. Give people a club like this and you can kiss the Internet as you know it goodbye. It's really that bad. And it's a clear violation of our First Amendment right to free speech.
Read more:MythBuster Adam Savage: SOPA Could Destroy the Internet as We Know It - Popular Mechanics
Saturday, December 24, 2011
MythBuster's Adam Savage Against SOPA
Posted by Nick
All right, I had sorta given up on watching MythBusters, but I'm gonna start watching again just cause I'm so pleased with what Adam Savage had to say about copyright Nazism...