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    Default Boycott sopa!!!!!!

    I try not to start frivolous threads outside of the categories(anymore) but this is something we should all be aware of and sensitive to. The worst case scenario is that the internet will basically be restricted to the point of uselessness. Any info/opinions/etc please, share, because knowing is half the battle, or something like that.

    MPAA Blasts Websites Planning SOPA Protest Blackouts | /Film

    Tomorrow(today) the main pages of Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and other sites will go dark to protest support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a piece of legislation in the House of Representatives which is so wide-ranging in effect that it threatens to curb not only piracy and illegal activity, but the method of information use which characterizes the internet. (There is also the associated Protect IP act in the Senate.)

    One big target of SOPA is any site that operates like The Pirate Bay. That is, sites outside the US that host or point to intellectual property copyrighted in the US. Others are foreign sites that scrape and steal content sites such as a few that take /Film-written content on a daily basis, for example.

    If SOPA passes, however, the power to shut down web sites in the US will be unprecedented. The US attorney general could shut down websites by asking courts to order ISPs to block access to them from within the US. And the fine print creates power to block sites even legitimate sites suspected or accused of copyright infringement, or those that link to sites that infringe copyright. That block could go into action very quickly, with little if any warning to the website.

    Under SOPA, sites like /Film could well end up not being able to exist. Any one complaint about how we have used a video clip or song could shut us down. Potentially, even a scoop about an upcoming film could result in destructive action. The indiscriminate power created by SOPA is the reason for the protests by many internet giants

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    Californians! Please write to your representative in the House and to Senators Boxer and Feinstein and express your opposition to this censorship. The Wikipedia home page will provide the necessary links.

    Thank you.
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    The Internet blackout: How will it affect SOPA and PIPA? | PopWatch | EW.com

    So which side will be victorious? Well, it very well come down to the people of the United States of America. EW spoke with Alex Howard, the Washington correspondent for media group O’Reilly Radar (which also went dark today), who said outraged Internet users concerned about security and privacy have a chance to make a difference. “If done correctly, this kind of activism can have a real impact because the thing that representatives and senators are supposed to pay attention to, more than anything else — not lobbyists, not contributions, not broadcasts — is the wishes of their constituents,” he says.


    And those constituents have more than likely been made aware of the anti-SOPA sentiments during today’s blackout while attempting to log onto sites participating in the movement. In fact, Howard estimates that today’s “unprecedented” blackout could affect nearly 25 million people on that site alone, in addition to the tens of millions of daily users that Google and Craigslist have. And sites are making sure all those people are informed: O’Reilly Radar and others, like Mozilla, have put up information and statements for its users regarding the bills and what everyday citizens can do to fight them. Howard, who told EW that O’Reilly Radar made a collective decision to join other websites in the blackout to “speak up for ‘open Internet,’” says this inclusion of information was an imperative move for websites, since the controversy surrounding SOPA and PIPA has been largely ignored by the television news media up to this point. “Internet websites are using what they have, their relationship with users, many of whom are fiercely devoted to them to educate them and tell them about something that is very important to them,” he says.

    So now, it’s in your hands, readers. “I think that people will absolutely act,” Howard. “The precedent was set for this when Tumblr decided to do something similar back in November when they converted one of their pages. It resulted in tens of thousands to calls to Washington, so sites like Wikipedia and Reddit [participating] are going to result in more contact. We will definitely see an offline outcome from this online action.”

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    We Didn't Order That!: The Stop Online Piracy Act | Geekologie - Gadgets, Gizmos, and Awesome

    In case you've been living in a cave for the past several months (tell me -- on a scale from 1 to 10 how robot-proof is it?), Congress is trying to push some legislation through the system THAT WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT. And not in a good way like to a Brad Pitt or George Clooney face, in a bad way like to Sloth from Goonies. No bueno! Gizmodo has a really nice layman's terms article explaining the bill and its effects HERE, What Is SOPA? which is definitely worth a read if you're not familiar with WTF is going on. Then, after you're filled with enough rage at the stodgy old gasbags pushing this ****, you can go HERE, HERE or HERE to write your congressperson and tell them you didn't elect them to side with their ball-tickling cohorts in big business. But don't say it like that. Try to say it more eloquently. Oooooooor just use one of the form-factor emails. However you do it, please, LET YOUR INTERNET-LOVING VOICE BE HEARD. This is my livelihood we're talking about!
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    What Is SOPA?
    If you hadn't heard of SOPA before, you probably have by now: Some of the internet's most influential sites—Reddit and Wikipedia among them—are going dark to protest the much-maligned anti-piracy bill. But other than being a very bad thing, what is SOPA? And what will it mean for you if it passes?

    SOPA is an anti-piracy bill working its way through Congress...
    House Judiciary Committee Chair and Texas Republican Lamar Smith, along with 12 co-sponsors, introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act on October 26th of last year. Debate on H.R. 3261, as it's formally known, has consisted of one hearing on November 16th and a "mark-up period" on December 15th, which was designed to make the bill more agreeable to both parties. Its counterpart in the Senate is the Protect IP Act (S. 968). Also known by its cuter-but-still-deadly name: PIPA. There will likely be a vote on PIPA next Wednesday; SOPA discussions had been placed on hold but will resume in February of this year.

    ...that would grant content creators extraordinary power over the internet...
    The beating heart of SOPA is the ability of intellectual property owners (read: movie studios and record labels) to effectively pull the plug on foreign sites against whom they have a copyright claim. If Warner Bros., for example, says that a site in Italy is torrenting a copy of The Dark Knight, the studio could demand that Google remove that site from its search results, that PayPal no longer accept payments to or from that site, that ad services pull all ads and finances from it, and—most dangerously—that the site's ISP prevent people from even going there.

    ...which would go almost comedically unchecked...
    Perhaps the most galling thing about SOPA in its original construction is that it let IP owners take these actions without a single court appearance or judicial sign-off. All it required was a single letter claiming a "good faith belief" that the target site has infringed on its content. Once Google or PayPal or whoever received the quarantine notice, they would have five days to either abide or to challenge the claim in court. Rights holders still have the power to request that kind of blockade, but in the most recent version of the bill the five day window has softened, and companies now would need the court's permission.

    The language in SOPA implies that it's aimed squarely at foreign offenders; that's why it focuses on cutting off sources of funding and traffic (generally US-based) rather than directly attacking a targeted site (which is outside of US legal jurisdiction) directly. But that's just part of it.

    ...to the point of potentially creating an "Internet Blacklist"...
    Here's the other thing: Payment processors or content providers like Visa or YouTube don't even need a letter shut off a site's resources. The bill's "vigilante" provision gives broad immunity to any provider who proactively shutters sites it considers to be infringers. Which means the MPAA just needs to publicize one list of infringing sites to get those sites blacklisted from the internet.

    Potential for abuse is rampant. As Public Knowledge points out, Google could easily take it upon itself to delist every viral video site on the internet with a "good faith belief" that they're hosting copyrighted material. Leaving YouTube as the only major video portal. Comcast (an ISP) owns NBC (a content provider). Think they might have an interest in shuttering some rival domains? Under SOPA, they can do it without even asking for permission.

    ...while exacting a huge cost from nearly every site you use daily...
    SOPA also includes an "anti-circumvention" clause, which holds that telling people how to work around SOPA is nearly as bad as violating its main provisions. In other words: if your status update links to The Pirate Bay, Facebook would be legally obligated to remove it. Ditto tweets, YouTube videos, Tumblr or WordPress posts, or sites indexed by Google. And if Google, Twitter, Wordpress, Facebook, etc. let it stand? They face a government "enjoinment." They could and would be shut down.

    The resources it would take to self-police are monumental for established companies, and unattainable for start-ups. SOPA would censor every online social outlet you have, and prevent new ones from emerging.

    ...and potentially disappearing your entire digital life...
    The party line on SOPA is that it only affects seedy off-shore torrent sites. That's false. As the big legal brains at Bricoleur point out, the potential collateral damage is huge. And it's you. Because while Facebook and Twitter have the financial wherewithal to stave off anti-circumvention shut down notices, the smaller sites you use to store your photos, your videos, and your thoughts may not. If the government decides any part of that site infringes on copyright and proves it in court? Poof. Your digital life is gone, and you can't get it back.

    ...while still managing to be both unnecessary and ineffective...
    What's saddest about SOPA is that it's pointless on two fronts. In the US, the MPAA, and RIAA already have the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to request that infringing material be taken down. We've all seen enough "video removed" messages to know that it works just fine.

    As for the foreign operators, you might as well be throwing darts at a tse-tse fly. The poster child of overseas torrenting, Pirate Bay, has made it perfectly clear that they're not frightened in the least. And why should they be? Its proprietors have successfully evaded any technological attempt to shut them down so far. Its advertising partners aren't US-based, so they can't be choked out. But more important than Pirate Bay itself is the idea of Pirate Bay, and the hundreds or thousands of sites like it, as populous and resilient as mushrooms in a marsh. Forget the question of should SOPA succeed. It's incredibly unlikely that it could. At least at its stated goals.

    ...but stands a shockingly good chance of passing...
    SOPA is, objectively, an unfeasible trainwreck of a bill, one that willfully misunderstands the nature of the internet and portends huge financial and cultural losses. The White House has come out strongly against it. As have hundreds of venture capitalists and dozens of the men and women who helped build the internet in the first place. In spite of all this, companies have already spent a lot of money pushing SOPA, and it remains popular in the House of Representatives.

    That mark-up period on December 15th, the one that was supposed to transform the bill into something more manageable? Useless. Twenty sanity-fueled amendments were flat-out rejected. And while the bill's most controversial provision—mandatory DNS filtering—was thankfully taken off the table recently, in practice internet providers would almost certainly still use DNS as a tool to shut an accused site down.

    ...unless we do something about it.
    The momentum behind the anti-SOPA movement has been slow to build, but we're finally at a saturation point. Wikipedia, BoingBoing, WordPress, TwitPic: they'll all be dark on January 18th. An anti-SOPA rally has been planned for tomorrow afternoon in New York. The list of companies supporting SOPA is long but shrinking, thanks in no small part to the emails and phone calls they've received in the last few months.

    So keep calling. Keep emailing. Most of all, keep making it known that the internet was built on the same principles of freedom that this country was. It should be afforded to the same rights.

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

    Google petition...take a moment to sign it, PLEASE!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

    Google petition...take a moment to sign it, PLEASE!!!!
    Done. I wonder how many sigs that petition has now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob8880 View Post
    Done. I wonder how many sigs that petition has now.
    It can never be too many!!!!! Tell your friends!!!!

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    Best evidence showing we need SOPA based on 'govt studies' that never existed | ITworld

    sweet. So that $200 - $250B in lost revenue and 750K jobs lost was a lie. I am shocked the MPAA and their paid for government employees would fudge the numbers.
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    mitchrock the petitions. We need FREEDOM OF CHOICE! It's what YOU got.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    It can never be too many!!!!! Tell your friends!!!!
    This.
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