web censorship, SOPA/PIPA blackout, open-source and diydrones

Dear all,

DISCLAIMER: I hope I do not bend the forum rules too much by this blog post and would hate to offend the community by starting the discussion of a (at least marginally) political topic. However, since in the past also UAV regulatory developments and issues that relate to the open-source community have been discussed, and since I believe this topic is highly relevant to the diydrones community, I decided to go ahead.

Those of you who have been visiting wikipedia, google, or some of the other sites that participate in the SOPA/PIPA blackout today may have noticed that parts of the private and public web communities have decided to virtually demonstrate against these (sets?) of law proposals. I myself, being located inside Europe, don't think I can completely follow the legislative process and the actual implications of SOPA/PIPA. However, it seems obvious to me that this topic is very relevant to diydrones as a site of open information exchange. I would like to raise awareness here and ask those who actually are located in the US and can influence the vote by contacting their representatives to please inform themselves and consider (as google's picture says) to take action. Please check out:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sopa   (the only wikipedia page that seems to work today)



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Comment by Chris Anderson on January 18, 2012 at 8:22am

This is indeed an important issue. Although I'm not going to change DIY Drones today as a gesture, this is what we're doing at my "day job" (I'm the editor of Wired):

Comment by Andre S on January 18, 2012 at 8:48am

Chris, I hadn't noticed that Wired joined the blackout. Great to hear, and nice choice of implementation! :)

Comment by avionics on January 18, 2012 at 10:37am

its a sad day for all of us indeed.


Comment by Toby Mills on January 18, 2012 at 11:18am
Quite the oppoosite avionics. It's a great day when people are allowed to voice their objections and opinions and (hopefully) governments listen.
Comment by Daniel Hibben on January 18, 2012 at 2:20pm

Well Said Chris, well Said

Comment by Jack Crossfire on January 18, 2012 at 3:08pm

Does anyone still not know about page style -> no style?

Comment by Ellison Chan on January 18, 2012 at 3:41pm

Has anyone actually read SOPA?  It mostly just outlines all the requirements that ISPs and advertising agencies need to do to comply to the act.  Granted new software and technology would be needed to ensure compliance, but that's a good thing for web network programmers.  (i.e. more employment opportunities)

I don't see anything that's in any way like censorship.  If the site doesn't carry any illegal copyrighted materials, it should be business as usual.  Most of the burden is on the ISPs and carriers to get their technology to be compliant.

Comment by Sky Monkey on January 18, 2012 at 4:09pm

Censorship is the least of the problems with SOPA.

If you post here with a link to a site and someone claims that site has unauthorized IP, they can have DIY-Drones taken off the air, immediately, with no recourse for the owners of DIY-Drones.  No one gets to contest in court the validity of the complaint.  ALL complaints are seen as valid. There is total forfeiture of "due process".

Comment by Jack Crossfire on January 18, 2012 at 4:24pm

The amount of material Goo Tube now tags for "copyright" claims is obsurd & way beyond the realm of the patent lawsuits that used to consume our news feeds.  It's gotten to where the power company now has to be given a royalty & even using a triangle requires a royalty because someone is claiming a copyright on the triangle.  Now, instead of complete songs, a new corporation called  Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society is claiming royalties on specific chords & melodies.  You can't even have a piano sound without paying a royalty to Steinway.  You think camcorder makers aren't going to want a royalty on everything shot with their products?

Comment by Anish on January 18, 2012 at 4:48pm

@chris i like what u did with wired. BTW open source is key behind diydrones among other models, i wouldnt be suprised if the "industrial_military" complex ( borrowing ur terminology) wouldnt try stopping us from developing these....


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