Web-based activism showed a glimpse of its strength through widespread online protests last January specifically directed against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act or PIPA). These two are the latest of the copyright enforcement bills that never fail to be controversial. While these bills aim to provide protection to specific trade groups, the proposed censorship also pose a threat to the freedom of online speech.
SOPA seeks to reinforce the ability of the US Law Enforcement to stop online trafficking of copyrighted materials. It will seek to accomplish its objective by preventing transactions with infringing websites by means of barring advertising networks and payment facities from dealing with such sites, preventing links to search engines and getting court orders to require Internet service providers to block access to the same sites. PIPA’s objective is not different as it seeks to “curb access to rogue websites ” specifically those operated and registered outside the U.S. These bills have obvious supporters in copyright and trademark owners in various industries.
Opponents to the bills are people and enterprises that see the bills as possible threats to free speech and innovation. There is special concern with regards to the proposal that will result to the blocking of access to an entire Internet domain based on the existence of an infringing material on even one blog or site. Congressional opponents of SOPA and PIPA counter the proposed bills with still another proposed bill – the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN Act).
Unless the right balance is achieved between the need to combat online piracy and the need to protect online freedom of speech, we might just find ourselves running out of acronyms to name subsequent bill proposals before we settle on a law that is acceptable to both sides.
If the thought of forming a corporation is overwhelming, but you are concerned about protecting some of your personal assets, you may want to start a limited liability company, affectionately known as a LLC. (When I first looked into starting a LLC, I called my state government to find out what I needed to do and made the mistake of calling it a limited liability corporation. Donâ€™t make the same mistake I did. Apparently, it really upsets some people. The woman I was talking to literally yelled â€œNo!? into the phone. It took me a minute to figure out that her loud response was to the use of the word corporation.)
A LLC requires very little paperwork and, with a bit of patience, you can file it yourself. However, as with anything that has any legal ramifications, you should take a minute to call your lawyer to be sure this is the right thing for you and your business. Most LLCâ€™s can be formed cheaply, but don’t forget to find out about the cost of maintaining the company. In Maryland, you will need to pay three times the amount of your filing fee each year to keep your LLC active. Iâ€™d say itâ€™s a good idea to ask for a breakdown of what you will need to pay to establish the company and what fees are required next year so you donâ€™t end up with any nasty surprises.
If you file your own taxes, you’ll really appreciate one benefit of the LLC each April – you can still file as a sole proprietorship using form 1065. Just don’t forget to make your quarterly tax payments, too.
Insurance Ensures Protection
Before you make a final decision, you should be aware that an LLC does not protect you from personal injury lawsuits. If someone falls on the banana peel you tossed by the trash can, they can sue you personally. To protect your property, you should take out business liability insurance.
Spam, or unwanted emails, are a consistent challenge in the business world. Sorting through spam takes time. You can set up filters, but that risks losing valuable emails as well.
It seems that the battle will continue. Just as we have gotten the upper hand, new developments have come forward.
Since knowledge is power, I recommend you read the following article to learn about the future of what you’ll see in your mailbox.
The Bush Administration is quite busy these days trying to find a suitable replacement for Paul Wolfowitz who stepped down recently following the discovery of having masterminded a financial compensation package with his alleged girlfriend employee, Shaha Riza.After this news broke out, all hell was set loose. The pressure has been mounting for Wolfowitz and he finally gave in last Thursday, resigning amidst the growing controversy. The problem has now escalated with regards to the actual credibility of the World Bank and this can not only be done through the efforts of a new president to head them.
Whoever the choice may be, President Bush has yet to name one. The person tasked to replace Wolfowitz will certainly have to pass through the eye of the needle to ensure that nothing of the same nature would happen again. Hence Bush will have to endorse someone soon to help try to fight down the fire that may get out of hand.
The mentioning of the Iraq issue is like calling out President Bush into the open to defend his claim with regards to the pullout and budgeting issue concerning the US troops in the war plagued country. While many would expect the sure defense mechanisms that Bush would blare out, it is imminent that Bush will always be at the forefront of the said issue and resort to all means possible to make sure that he is able to defend his claims and decision surrounding the security and offensive issues of Iraq.
Failure is not an option in Iraq. These are the very words that Bush has proclaimed and rightfully so. One falls approach towards the Iraq issue would return costly problems, most of which would include the overall safety of the country and his credibility standing with the democrats and congress today.
Already in lots of hot water, Bush is careful with his every move. It is obvious that he is indeed in a bubble. The best way to handle it is taking everything one step at a time. Otherwise, it may just burst; something that a lot of people have been waiting to happen.
[tags]bush, us politics, us troops, security, terror, iraq war[/tags]
While the proper steps towards who should truly be in charge of issues governing national security issues has been far from established, Defense Secretary Robert Gatesâ€™ decision to reject the said proposal that will allow governors to take control of active duty troops to respond to disasters is only normal. Taking command from authorized military and security personnel requires proper protocol and governors may not be fully aware of this as a whole.
With the various calamities that have been happening one after another, like the tornadoes that have hit Kansas, immediate response towards the security concerns and disaster coordination have been something that has taken much of the issue at hand with regards to faster action. Lives are at stake and safety as well, but even if such were granted towards the tutelage of the governors, there is no assurance that proper measures can be done nor an assurance that these can also be helpful as a whole.
[tags]robert gates, us politics, national security, kansas tornado, pentagon[/tags]
Probably seeing that the issue is getting nowhere, US Democrats have mapped out plans to revise the current $2.9 trillion dollar spending budget that was mainly comprised of a big spending increase in the area of military and domestic programs, something that has put everything on hold and with no recourse.
Budgets are known to be a need, and the need is certainly something that needs to be worked on double time. While most disagreements are a given in the world of politics, it is the country that is suffering from these endless bickering over allocations and budgets.
With the new move of the democratic front, hopefully something concrete would finally come out. There is a need to set the records straight and unless personal interests, if any, are set aside, a whole nation shall continuously suffer from such and this would not be something that maybe a pretty sight.
[tags]us budget, war, military budget, democrats, politics, us news, political news[/tags]
President Bush has openly solicited the support of congress in tackling the growing issue of illegal immigrants residing in the United States. It has been evident that the swelling number of illegally residing people in the state has been an issue that has haunted the nation for the past years.
Today, this issue has obviously been out of control and resorting towards deporting the millions of illegally located people in the country today is an impossible task to undertake. Hence, Bush proposed various alternatives such as a worker program to achieve a win-win situation. It is quite obvious that most of the immigrants residing in the United States are after work and greener pastures.
But in fairness to the legitimate residents, the swelling numbers should be controlled soon since at the rate everything is going, it seems that these illegal status of immigrants may soon become legal, getting away with the whole thing after all.
[tags]illegal status, immigrants, aliens, illegal immigrants[/tags]
The surveillance and unorthodox manner of being able to monitor terrorist activities in the region of the United States has been overwhelming but the various practices and resort in being able to do so have its limits as well. Among the controversial means that has drawn the ire of most is that of the TALON program or Threat and Local Observation Notice database that was put into place in 2003.
Based on the assessment of undersecretary of defense James Clapper, there is no merit and has actually produced disappointing results as seen from the program. It has catered more in sparkling controversial information by invading privacies in terms of collecting information on peace activists and monitoring anti-war protests across the country.
The whole purpose of the TALON program has evidently failed and from the looks of it, it shall soon be rebuked. That is if defense secretary Robert Gates has nothing to say about this issue.
[tags]TALON program, defense, united states, pentagon, james clapper, robert gates[/tags]
For some time now, the issue of the questionable dismissal by Atty. General Alberto Gonzales concerning the firing of eight U.S. attorneys has been the firing the headlines and from all indications, Gonzales better brace himself for further frying coming from the different sectors.
As its stands, all politician, republicans and so forth have openly criticized and questioned his ability to lead, even though Gonzales shares that he is not bothered by itâ€¦for now.
However, if the headlines are any indication, he is up for more issue ahead. Many have sent feelers for Gonzales to step down but unless he officially does so, the crisis is sure to remain in the air and the issue running around for the next couple of days.
For sure, there will be a lot of eagle eyes looking on and Gonzales is all too well aware of them. The question that remains for now is up to when he can handle it and what course of action can the attorney general possibly be thinking at the moment.
[tags]attorney general, fired US attorneys, alberto gonzales[/tags]