[NTLK] SOPA (via slashdot)

Laurence W Brown lwb at mac.com
Mon Jan 16 02:05:59 EST 2012

| How SOPA & PIPA Could Hurt Scientific Debate
|   from the debate-is-overrated-certainty-is-better dept.
|   posted by timothy on Saturday January 14, @06:56 (Censorship)
|   with 93 comments
|   https://science.slashdot.org/story/12/01/14/0013238/how-sopa-pipa-could-hurt-scientific-debate?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

mwolfam writes with this pointed excerpt from a piece at the Huffington
Post by Los Alamos National Laboratories post-doc researcher Michael Ham,
who makes a slightly different case than most for the reasons that SOPA
and PIPA should be stopped: "Simply put, The Stop Online Piracy Act
(SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) currently under development in
Congress will provide [0]a rapid way to sentence websites to death
without the need for pesky things like trials and juries. Much to the
surprise of nobody who understands how the Internet works, these two Acts
will have absolutely no effect on digital piracy, but they will create an
environment where freedom of speech could be severely curtailed, large
companies can execute competitors, and scientific data can be hidden from
the public."

Discuss this story at:

   0. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-ham/sopa-congress_b_1195598.html

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