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‘Stop Internet Piracy Act’ criticized by Anonymous

Anonymous expressed its discontent for the possible adoption by the US Congress of a bill meant to combat intellectual property theft. Qualified by the hacking group in a recent post as “a blatant act of violation to the constitutional rights of American citizens”, the bill intends to protect movie studios, record labels and artists whose music and films are distributed on-line.

Already characterized as “draconian” by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, the legislative proposal is “unacceptable” for Anonymous because it “will make it unlawful to post copyrighted data such as tips and walk throughs in games, and sports highlights”, while also allowing “social media sites to remove re-posted videos and data from the Internet”.

It is interesting to note that similar projects and laws aimed at reinforcing cybersecurity and fighting cybercrime, such as the French LOPPSI 2, have stirred reactions and protests alike. For Anonymous, the purpose of the bill initiated by the Republican Chairman Lamar Smith is “a hidden campaign to destroy the ability of people across the world to connect and share their experiences with one another”.

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Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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