Reality Check: Rogue Websites & Private Right Of Action (Part 2)
What is a Rogue Website? The WORST OF THE WORST.. Let’s be clear here, the entire premise of what defines a “Rouge Website” according the people actually paying for SOPA and PIPA is terrifying. Below is advertising giant Group M’s “ROGUE WEBSITES” blacklist compiled by the good folks over at UMG and other big content that is shelling out millions to lobby groups to get SOPA and PIPA passed. SOPA and PIPA allow for an unprecedented ability for companies like Universal and other rights holders to target websites in Private Right of Action. The bills also provides immunity to advertisers, payment processors, and even the company who goes after you should they get it wrong and falsely accuse you. Take a look at this list to see exactly how this provision is going to work. This isn’t hypothetical; this is a matter of fact, the kind that cannot be proven false forever documented in the permanent record of history.
Reality Check: The Reality Of Private Right Of Action
The obvious absurdities like Archive.org, Vimeo, Soundcloud and more have been documented elsewhere so there is no need for me to cover them, but let’s talk a minute about the not so obvious on there. Pretty much the ENTIRE hip hop/urban media/blogging community is on this list. Including us. Not that we mattered much at the time, in the event you hadn’t heard ICE seized this domain for a year with no due process before finally giving it back without explanation or apology. Yet, here we are on this list along with all of our colleagues. The Government couldn’t make a case against us, but who needs a court when you can just shut off someone’s income stream by firing off a letter to advertisers threatening to take your money elsewhere if they don’t shut off your target list? Then again, what is the point of due process and utilizing the court system when you can forum shop a judge to rubber stamp an American Citizen’s livelihood into sealed and redacted hell? Holy Reality, Batman.
On that list you will find all 7 sites in the clique of blogs we affiliate with. Back in June of 2010, right around the time Drake’s debut album, “Thank Me Later”, leaked on the internet, MTV did a story noting that many reputable blogs (including us) were refusing to post more Drake music and why. It also makes note of Drakes relationship with the blogs; in particular Nah Right and The New Music Cartel.
“You’ve gotta credit Drake, especially with NahRight and other sites, He was well-connected to those guys. You do form relationships, and again, as a rap fan, you sort of think a lot of these bloggers are fans at the end of the day. They don’t want to hurt his sales.” – Elliott Wilson
The article goes on to explain who and what TheNewMusicCartel is:
NahRight captains a conglomerate of blogs known as the New Music Cartel: YouHeardThatNew.com, 2DopeBoyz.com, DaJaz1.com, OnSmash.com, and XclusivesZone.net are also affiliated. The NMC has become known as the leading source of new hip-hop music to hit the Internet, even getting tracks before some top DJs.
This is important because the reality that Mr. Smith is seeking makes a mockery out of the outrageous hyperbole being presented as matter of fact in the hearings for SOPA. Rep. Ted Deutch’s (D,FL-19) performance was particularly excruciating.
I’ll address Mr. Deutch’s extreme lack of knowledge in a subject he presents as fact in Part 3.
Sidebar: If you are on this list I highly suggest you contact your Representatives ASAP. If this bill passes you have already been identified as a target. AmericanCensorship.org has tools available to assist you in locating and contacting your Reps.
Previously: Part 1 – Show Me The Language