John Conyers is not my representative in Congress, though he does claim to represent part of the Detroit area. Indeed, it's clear from this bill that he doesn't represent anyone in Michigan, just these lobbies. Howard Berman is already well known in tech circles for introducing this wacky crap.
I just keep waiting for the moment when someone nudges me in the ribs and says "just kidding," but it never comes.
I think Tycho puts it best here:
John G. Malcolm, deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, did say there seems to be some connection between illegal copying and organized crime, in that many of the groups profiting from illegal copies are highly organized and can have international distribution networks. Organized crime often supports terrorism, he suggested.
"These groups will not hesitate to threaten or injure those who tend to interfere with their operations," Malcolm said.
This is the first statement I have ever read where Manga speechlessness - "..." - is the only valid response.
Overzealous reactions to takedown notifications can and do severely damage real people and organizations. The "guilty until proven innocent" provisions mean that complaints that used to be handled via a single email between interested parties very quickly devolve into a real denial of service for people that aren't even necessarily related to the "infringer." In this case, an upstream provider actually deleted a customer's SQL database, which had to be restored from backup. How crazy is that?
The District of Columbia has a law forbidding you to exert pressure on
a balloon and thereby cause a whistling sound on the streets.