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NIN64
12-18-2011, 02:10 PM
Why is this not in news headlines? Why does nobody seem to care?!?


http://youtu.be/JhwuXNv8fJM

This guy's video sums it up pretty well for those how aren't aware of this bill.

halloween
12-18-2011, 02:32 PM
Yeah, i've been talking to EVERYONE AROUND ME about it because that along with NDAA has been making me super stressed out. Anyways, it's terrible. I'm trying to not think about it until wednesday at least...

NIN64
12-18-2011, 02:55 PM
The general response I get about it is to "stop being paranoid". . .

halloween
12-18-2011, 03:07 PM
Ugh, that's the worse. Thankfully people around me have been equally concerned. One conversation ended with "I'm treating this like a zombie apocalypse- when shit hits the fan, I'm going to create a small group of people to survive with, and don't worry, you're one of those people."

On a more serious note, my friend thinks that if this were to pass, nothing harsh would happen immediately because of elections, and it would only be a short matter of time before this affects the wrong person and gets HUGE lawsuit in action that will bring light to the issue and hopefully repealed....he's being more optimistic than i am, and i was called an optimist already by some people thinking that this shit can still be stopped somehow...

edit. YAY MY EYELID IS TWITCHING AGAIN! Just when i thought it was gone...I REALLY need to stay away from politics for a few days...

waffel
12-18-2011, 09:27 PM
The general response I get about it is to "stop being paranoid". . .

I got the same reaction from my parents when I mentioned these bills to them, "It's no big deal, it'll only effect the pirating sites". None of my friends seem to care, especially since most like to "pirate".

halloween
12-22-2011, 06:23 PM
A petition i actually have hope for!!
https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/veto-sopa-bill-and-any-other-future-bills-threaten-diminish-free-flow-information/g3W1BscR

allegro
12-23-2011, 11:21 AM
The 439 Organizations SOPA Opponents Should Worry About (http://www.digitaltrends.com/opinion/the-439-organizations-sopa-opponents-should-worry-about/).

Mozilla Asks Users to Join "Stop SOPA AND PIPA" Campaign (http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/mozilla-asks-users-to-join-stop-sopa-pipa-campaign/).

(That was after "Internet Titans Fight SOPA with Full-Page NY Times Ad" (http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/internet-titans-fight-sopa-with-full-page-ny-times-ad/).)

NIN64
01-14-2012, 05:25 PM
Good news! Hope it isn't lies. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/14/white-house-sopa-pipa_n_1206347.html)

halloween
01-14-2012, 10:11 PM
Good news! Hope it isn't lies. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/14/white-house-sopa-pipa_n_1206347.html)
sort of, it seems like they will just try to change things which is just as dangerous, instead of just dropping it all together. We need to keep an eye on on future legistations that will be trying to fight online piracy, make sure they aren't just other sneaky ways of potentially harming the internet.

edit- yeah seems like they are still going to be voting on PIPA

mfte
01-17-2012, 11:13 AM
Why I want to bring down the internet.... for a day.


http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/why-i-want-to-bring-down-the-internet--for-a-day-6290703.html (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/why-i-want-to-bring-down-the-internet--for-a-day-6290703.html)

PhoenixML
01-17-2012, 11:13 PM
So I heard on Twitter that TheNINHotline is going to black out too against SOPA? Apparently, the website is soo useless, nobody bothered to tell us ON THE WEBSITE!!

Seriously, they should stop tweeting instead.

PhoenixML
01-17-2012, 11:26 PM
I would just like to add I have nothing against TNH, but I hate Twitter. It's not the best place to get the latest news. There is so much useless gossip / facebook status posts, it's not a place for "NEWS".

Harry Seaward
01-17-2012, 11:52 PM
Wikipedia and Reddit will be blacking out in opposition to SOPA/PIPA.

If only Google and Facebook could jump on board, there would be riots. And also lots of angry IT people getting complaints about the virus taking over Google, Wiki, and Facebook.

Leviathant
01-18-2012, 12:03 AM
So I heard on Twitter that TheNINHotline is going to black out too against SOPA? Apparently, the website is soo useless, nobody bothered to tell us ON THE WEBSITE!!

Seriously, they should stop tweeting instead.

I'm pretty sure that people who visit the website will see the fucking blackout. And they'll have a lot more information about what's going on than what our Twitter followers will see. I think you're not looking before you leap here.

butter_hole
01-18-2012, 12:27 AM
I would just like to add I have nothing against TNH, but I hate Twitter. It's not the best place to get the latest news. There is so much useless gossip / facebook status posts, it's not a place for "NEWS".
It is when you only follow news sites, and not individual people.

Harry Seaward
01-18-2012, 12:47 AM
Wikipedia and Reddit will be blacking out in opposition to SOPA/PIPA.

If only Google and Facebook could jump on board, there would be riots. And also lots of angry IT people getting complaints about the virus taking over Google, Wiki, and Facebook.

I spoke too soon. Check the Google homepage.

Harry Seaward
01-18-2012, 01:28 AM
Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.


The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.


https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Leviathant
01-18-2012, 01:44 AM
Craigslist has also gone dark. This is great!

bgalbraith
01-18-2012, 02:06 AM
Ars Technica isn't going dark, but rather devoting the day to only covering SOPA/PIPA-related issues and attempting to encourage balanced discourse on the issue.

http://arstechnica.com/staff/palatine/2012/01/sopa-resistance-day-begins-at-ars.ars

The Oatmeal has a special anti-SOPA animated gif! http://theoatmeal.com/

Jinsai
01-18-2012, 05:38 AM
If only Google and Facebook could jump on board, there would be riots.

For obvious reasons, it's actually a good idea to NOT have Facebook or Twitter go dark... and given that it seems everyone is redirecting to the petition on Google, I think it's important that it stays there too, not only so that people can google the terms "SOPA" and "PIPA" to find out what's happening.

However, I really do wish Youtube was joining in, in at least SOME capacity. Though I guess some of the best explanations of what SOPA entails are detailed in youtube videos... still, I think they should put up a banner of solidarity, and maybe dedicate their homepage to a collection of the best statements regarding the issue.

Harry Seaward
01-18-2012, 05:53 AM
For obvious reasons, it's actually a good idea to NOT have Facebook or Twitter go dark... and given that it seems everyone is redirecting to the petition on Google, I think it's important that it stays there too, not only so that people can google the terms "SOPA" and "PIPA" to find out what's happening.

However, I really do wish Youtube was joining in, in at least SOME capacity. Though I guess some of the best explanations of what SOPA entails are detailed in youtube videos... still, I think they should put up a banner of solidarity, and maybe dedicate their homepage to a collection of the best statements regarding the issue.

It's been suggested before to have just a page to click through to get to the sites. I think that would be an excellent compromise. Just a black page ala Wiki's, with a link that says 'Continue to Google/Facebook/etc.' at the bottom.

And yes, something needs to happen with YouTube.

joplinpicasso
01-18-2012, 10:10 AM
These old, out-of-touch assholes in Congress don't understand how the internet works. This has been scaring me for months. Hope the Google petition reaches.

allegro
01-18-2012, 10:15 AM
It is when you only follow news sites, and not individual people.
Exactly. I *primarily* follow news sites. The Atlantic, The Economist, TechCrunch, WaPo, Time, NPR, etc. have all been covering this. For months.

Crystal
01-18-2012, 10:20 AM
I signed the Petition at the Google site Jan 18, 2012..........

redshoewearer
01-18-2012, 12:22 PM
In addition to signing petitions, it is easy to write directly to your senators and congressmen. If you don't know who they are go to blackened wikipedia (english) and type in your zip code. It will give you links to the people you should write to.

emptydesk
01-18-2012, 01:04 PM
Google wussed out by not removing the search function today.

Hope they reconsider when the inevitable second protest happens after Congress' winter break and work on SOPA begins again.

october_midnight
01-18-2012, 04:19 PM
Following the Twitter feed @herderpedia is equally hilarious and frightening beyond belief.

Blackbookpress1984
01-18-2012, 05:16 PM
Leave it to the United States to think it can police something as large and as untamed as the internet (which is still by most means in its infacny). Even if the bills pass, which I'm sure they wont. The government will make some work around deal and push its legislation trough in the end. Need an example?: Patriot Act.

However, even if this happens, and I'm pretty sure it wont unless it's accompanied by mass rioting and looting, people will still have free ways of getting all of the things they got for free before (speaking to people who download music and other media) and those who dont, will probably waste less of their time looking at memes.

Jinsai
01-19-2012, 12:41 AM
and the award for best anti-SOPA blackout goes to The Oatmeal: http://theoatmeal.com/

joplinpicasso
01-19-2012, 12:43 PM
http://www.stopthewall.us/artists/

october_midnight
01-19-2012, 02:44 PM
Not sure if it's related whatsoever, but AP is reporting that Megaupload.com has been shut down and 'workers indicted'. Page isn't loading for me at all...

jessamineny
01-19-2012, 02:46 PM
Not sure if it's related whatsoever, but AP is reporting that Megaupload.com has been shut down and 'workers indicted'. Page isn't loading for me at all...

started a new thread with the news story...

http://www.echoingthesound.org/community/threads/646-Feds-shut-down-Megaupload

october_midnight
01-19-2012, 02:59 PM
Yeah I know, I posted it earlier...crazy shit.

NIN64
01-19-2012, 08:09 PM
I just found this on imgur. (http://i.imgur.com/0rvY1.jpg) I really hope this shit catches on.

Indefinite_Cure
01-20-2012, 10:48 AM
I've read around that SOPA/PIPA could threaten sites like Youtube and Facebook...

WHAT are they THINKING?! "let's shut down megaupload, youtube and facebook and see what happens!"

I know it isn't exactly how it goes and I don't know the whole picture and what it all implies, but I feel like this is getting big and frightening...

BenAkenobi
01-20-2012, 11:45 AM
in brief, is it a plan to divide internet into "the good" and "the bad" so every site would need some sort of approval by some institution?

onthewall2983
01-20-2012, 03:01 PM
Ding dong... (http://mashable.com/2012/01/20/sopa-is-dead-smith-pulls-bill)

Blackbookpress1984
01-20-2012, 04:18 PM
woot (for now) what a tool.

"Hi I'm Lamar Smith, I'm going to try and push a law through which involves massive regulations and political oversight involving online file sharing, file transfer and unregulated use of copyright content, but first I'm going to use some poor artists work on my own personal campaign website and not credit the guy. I'm an Asshole andd THAT's how I roll!!!"

Jinsai
01-22-2012, 01:22 AM
Apparently Chris Dodd (current head of the MPAA) is having a tantrum because the president isn't bowing down to kiss Hollywood's ass, and is outraged that he wouldn't go along with whatever unconstitutional bullshit they place before him to sign... after all, they bought the presidency with campaign donations, right? (http://boingboing.net/2012/01/21/chris-dodd-to-obama-hollywood.html)

What a piece of shit.

Frozen Beach
01-23-2012, 02:12 AM
https://www.eff.org/issues/acta
This shit is never gonna stop, is it?

Harry Seaward
01-23-2012, 02:15 AM
ACTA was signed back in October. Funny how it didn't get much attention until now.

Frozen Beach
01-25-2012, 04:43 PM
http://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-and-eu-to-sign-controversial-acta-treaty-tomorrow-336764-Jan2012/ (http://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-and-eu-to-sign-controversial-acta-treaty-tomorrow-336764-Jan2012/)

halloween
04-04-2012, 07:35 AM
IT NEVER ENDSSSSSSS
https://kat.ph/blog/GreenPirate/post/1774/

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.....bbbblgughgh.

WorzelG
05-01-2012, 02:29 PM
Just cringed while reading this US special report on how the world is doing with regards to protecting US copyrights, this is so patronising and I'm a bit peeved that the UK isn't in there because we're such a bunch of arse kissers to the US

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6456/125/

This reads like 'hey poor countries, stop spending money on health and agriculture, you should spend more money on protecting Hollywood.' bloody cheek

halloween
05-01-2012, 03:30 PM
Just cringed while reading this US special report on how the world is doing with regards to protecting US copyrights, this is so patronising and I'm a bit peeved that the UK isn't in there because we're such a bunch of arse kissers to the US

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6456/125/

This reads like 'hey poor countries, stop spending money on health and agriculture, you should spend more money on protecting Hollywood.' bloody cheek

who the fuck is the driving force of ignorance in this whole thing? it boggles my mind.

WorzelG
05-01-2012, 03:56 PM
^^^

i think that would be the 'interested stakeholders' that the report acknowledges, but they don't list them out!