Keith and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) review the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, bills that claim to fight online piracy but are actually more likely to end up killing commerce and freedom of speech. Wyden, who is working on an alternative bill with a bipartisan coalition of senators and representatives, says that if these bills go much further, “they would do a lot of damage to what we believe makes the Internet so special.” via Countdown.
The entertainment industry has long lobbied congress for tougher laws on piracy. It seems H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA was going to deliver the toughest penalties yet. Introduced by Texas congressman Lamar Smith, SOPA gives the government the authority to block whole websites for copyright infringement, rather than the existing system of take-down notices. This puts social websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube in particular danger as it would be all but impossible to monitor all of their users. For a while, it seemed like SOPA was destined for easy […]
When tasers and pepper spray were first introduced into the American police arsenal, everyone was reassured that they would cut down on police shootings. Instead, they are being used as a bullying tactic for cuffing a suspect. The use of tasers and pepper spray has risen in the last decade as police officers are either too lazy or no longer trained in subduing suspects. The result is a police force that is free to exact extra judicial punishment against American citizens exercising their constitutional rights. Though this is the job of the courts, the police […]
In the Congo (DRC), rape is an every day occurrence. They are then shunned by their families and communities. Masika Katsuva is taking in those women and trying to make a difference in their lives. FIELD OF HOPE PREVIEW from STUDIO 9 FILMS on Vimeo. “We women have something precious that everyone seems to be after. ” – Masika Katsuva In a corner of Eastern Congo (DRC), Masika Katsuva is planting rows of seed in a field. Masika and the women farming with her are all survivors of the worst brutalities imaginable, multiple rapes and […]