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Too much is at stake, tell Congress: don't censor the Web.

Posted by INtense! on Jan 18th, 2012

Today, the 18th of January is the day to let it be known that you oppose two bills currently before the United States Congress.

These bills, PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) have the noble goal of attempting to eliminate the theft of copyright. They propose to do this however, in a manner which will fundamentally break the internet. Imagine a world where Youtube was banned, Minecraft was stopped because a fan made a character out of blocks which loosely resembles a movie star, or ModDB.com closed because someone from the community posted something inappropriate.


These threats are real, and today we call upon our audience to make themselves heard and let members of the Senate and the House know that while we must all work together to stop piracy, eliminating our freedom of speech on the internet is not the solution.

Actions speak louder than words so please:

  • Sign the Google petition.
  • Educate yourself about how SOPA and PIPA work.
  • Print and mail letters to your state's senators and representatives, urging them not to support this. Physical mail is harder to ignore than email. It piles up. You can find representatives' addresses here and senators' addresses here. Remember that PIPA is a Senate bill and SOPA is a House of Representatives bill.
  • Call your senators and representatives on the phone and urge them not to support the bills. See above links for phone numbers or click here to get a quick list of representatives based on where you live.

Finally, to all of the sites which have taken the extremely bold move of blacking out today - we salute you.

Thanks to Explosm for the graphics used.

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Pynkfloyd
Pynkfloyd Jan 18 2012, 6:40am says:

Amen

This has worldwide implications so much love from the UK

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KnightofEquulei
KnightofEquulei Jan 18 2012, 10:21am replied:

I support SOPA.

Just joking.

Let us hope they don't come to be. Stupid SOPA and PIPA.

This is all of Dellfist's fault.

+42 votes     reply to comment
KnightofEquulei
KnightofEquulei Jan 18 2012, 10:31am replied:

I hate governments. On another note, finally, Google does something good. Petitions don't normally change anything but I hope that this one does.

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Stubbornpony
Stubbornpony Jan 18 2012, 10:51am replied:

it's just a hunt for control, if they are able to block sites for "piracy"
they can also shut down sites with sensitive info's about america, just like it is nowadays in china.
They just want to seize control of the internet.
sopa and pipa is just being used as some kind off cover!

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Also_known_as_Peter
Also_known_as_Peter Jan 19 2012, 11:36am replied:

I doubt people won't stand up if the SOPA and PIPA passes. Take Anonymous, for example. They've already hacked their way into CIA's website, what do you think they'll do if SOPA passes?

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker Jan 19 2012, 3:57pm replied:

Anonymous took down the homepage, that's like throwing a brick through a white house window. They will fix it in a bit and you probably didn't hit anything important (even though it looks important.)

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Also_known_as_Peter
Also_known_as_Peter Jan 19 2012, 10:57pm replied:

Of course it won't. But still it is a way to show that we aren't unprovided of resources either.

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zerokite
zerokite Jan 22 2012, 9:42am replied:

I'll slap there face's for being this stupid

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Qwerty1980
Qwerty1980 Jan 21 2012, 11:46am replied:

Quoting "Iliketosayfukalot " from youtube.

Today, the internet almost sums up to Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Youtube, ect. This act is against the piracy, and we know it, but the thing is, Hollywood is not even near deficit. The Twilight saga made millions and they dare say piracy will ruin them. Think about it. What if Google said : When someone googles "Twilight", we will make sure no result come up. What if Youtube said : Hey, I can't show any of your trailers ! SOPA/PIPA forbids me to.

This is the summary. If you would like to see the video, it's here : Youtube.com

I take no credits for this.


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scopedknife
scopedknife Jan 18 2012, 6:40pm replied:

they need to stop piracy and **** but not this way :/ it wont fix anything....

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masternerdguy
masternerdguy Jan 20 2012, 4:41pm replied:

If google wanted to make an impact they would have disabled youtube, gmail, and google search and redirected to an explanation page. They really didn't bring their sites down.

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 20 2012, 7:49pm replied:

They did **** all because they care about money too much.

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RED-DRAGON-01
RED-DRAGON-01 Jan 18 2012, 11:24am replied:

Well one thing is sure,if SOPA takes effect it will start the rise of digital terrorism to bring back the freedom that belongs to us.Every govrement involved in this will be on the hit by hackers from all over the world so it is better for them to drop it or they will be droped.

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 18 2012, 3:48pm buried:

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Stop being so dramatic, It's probably not some conspiracy. It won't be the end of internet. SOPA is supposed to stop piracy not shut down sites mindlessly. You shouldn't fight to stop SOPA but to change it so it can't be abused. Youtube won't be shut down, It makes companies money. And moddb probably won't either.

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 18 2012, 4:30pm buried:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp4hWcz762k&feature=g-u-u&context=G2952231FUAAAAAAAAAA

Please watch this to see what i'm trying to say.

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Demolition99
Demolition99 Jan 18 2012, 7:52pm replied:

Dude are you retarded? due to SOPA and PIPA's description (if passed) will without a doubt, completely obliterate a large majority of websites including ones we know and love. That video link you sent doesnt help you either... The man in the video specifically explains that people are overreacting over the websites that have VOLUNTARILY shut down to PROTEST against PIPA and SOPA. Everybody (weather its people like us, or large websites like google or youtube) seems to know what consequences we are in for, except you...

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 19 2012, 3:28pm buried:

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What I was referring to in the video was the part at the middle/end. I think people should fight the part of SOPA they can actually change. It's not going away, so you should fight to change SOPA so it can work properly. SOPA can be good as long as it isn't abused. I don't think youtube/google will be shut down because of the money. These companies that don't support SOPA are only doing so to keep "customers". All of this is essentially what the video says.(past the blackout stuff)

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Demolition99
Demolition99 Jan 19 2012, 9:22pm replied:

theres nothing to change, but theres definitely something to stop, btw have you managed to read what there capable of?

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 19 2012, 10:08pm buried:

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What if they changed the bill so they can't do all these things people are afraid of? That would still not good enough for you?

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doom2.fan
doom2.fan Jan 25 2012, 8:34am replied:

not for me

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Conchobhar
Conchobhar Jan 18 2012, 4:40pm buried:

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Your a fool

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 18 2012, 4:44pm buried:

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No i'm rational

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Also_known_as_Peter
Also_known_as_Peter Jan 19 2012, 11:38am replied:

And did you even consider the fact that the government might just as well take steps even further is SOPA/PIPA passes?

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 19 2012, 3:30pm buried:

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That is why the bill should be changed not stopped, so they can't take it too far. Choose the battle you can win.

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Demolition99
Demolition99 Jan 19 2012, 9:19pm replied:

actually, we are fighting the part we can win, its just very difficult.
If everybody was "for" SOPA then it would have already taken affect,
but it hasnt, because people like us around the world wont let it!
SOPA has been delayed, and to me thats a battle half won.

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 19 2012, 10:10pm buried:

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I don't think it's going to be stopped.

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Also_known_as_Peter
Also_known_as_Peter Jan 19 2012, 10:59pm replied:

So you're saying we should give up before the fight even starts, is that it?

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 19 2012, 11:48pm buried:

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No, I'm saying that SOPA wouldn't be so bad if it were made so it couldn't be abused or be so powerful as it might be/is. Also we would have a better change to change SOPA than we would to stop it completely.

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Also_known_as_Peter
Also_known_as_Peter Jan 20 2012, 10:15pm replied:

You do know that people like us have no voice in the congress as much as you think, do you?

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 21 2012, 12:32am replied:

Talk to your congressmen (or whoever you can) , protest, do whatever. The government isn't going to listen to bunch of angry people on the internet. Do it properly, calmly and don't rely on Anonymous, shutting down government sites/systems like the "The Department of Defense" does not help anyone.

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-(TBS)-Jericho
-(TBS)-Jericho Jan 21 2012, 6:08am replied:

then it wouldn't be SOPA/PIPA anymore, it would be a new bill entirely

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ratchet5
ratchet5 Jan 21 2012, 3:21pm replied:

Exactly.

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magiguy101
magiguy101 Jan 19 2012, 5:58pm replied:

Well I don't think you have the right attitude about picking the battle you can win, but I agree that people are blowing this way out of proportion. This topic is everything I hate about the internet, with the exception of cats. Conspiracy theories that make no god damned sense and people trying to link everything to somalia/nazi germany/soviet russia... Everyone seems to think that because they heard somewhere that the government did something wrong sometime then it gives them the right to disband all governments. You know where we'd be without government? Up to our necks in horseshit. Everyone is not out to get you, as important as that makes you feel, and I know this will get buried in just a few hours, but to those that have made it this far, Kudos.

To all haters, think before you thumb this down or at least think before you type your misinformed response.

Good day.

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KnightofEquulei
KnightofEquulei Jan 20 2012, 11:29am replied:

We're already up to our necks in it. Just because western governments don't kill their citizens doesn't mean that they are good.

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LucianoStarKiller
LucianoStarKiller Jan 21 2012, 2:57am replied:

it will
im sure many of us will support such acts
but lets hope it doesnt come to that

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Seven_Diamonds
Seven_Diamonds Jan 18 2012, 11:54am replied:

here in spain is like this:
SOPA = soup
PIPA = pipe

maybe they need to eat some soup and smoke some pipe

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Tankinator
Tankinator Jan 18 2012, 5:45pm replied:

"You want to stop internet's piracy ?
So you simply stop legal internet...
As it, only remain the thing that you have wanted to stop..."
Governments can sometime be so logic... (this sentence is purely ironic)

I don't live in USA, but be sure that I support you guys !
Occidentals Governments need to remember that democracy mean listen people and allow them to communicate freely !
Good luck...

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The_Nephillium
The_Nephillium Feb 19 2012, 8:01pm replied:

I think they already smoked pipe when makeing this bill

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SpeedyClaude
SpeedyClaude Jan 18 2012, 10:27am replied:

USA is transforming slowly, but for shure, intro THE SOVIET RUSSIA!

+37 votes     reply to comment
SpeedyClaude
SpeedyClaude Jan 18 2012, 10:37am replied:

And also......Romania has a similar law project too!

+13 votes     reply to comment
tile
tile Jan 18 2012, 12:02pm replied:

support runners

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tile
tile Jan 18 2012, 8:16pm replied:

runners, as in the people who will be running on the roofs passsing illegal data if this passes.

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-(TBS)-Jericho
-(TBS)-Jericho Jan 20 2012, 12:35pm replied:

Mirror's Edge Much?

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tile
tile Jan 22 2012, 6:46pm replied:

realistic game made by people who support sopa, much?

they planned they're "perfect" idea of the future in the form of a game, and discourage people from going against them by intentionally leaving very frustrating parts in the game, so excuse me for sounding crazy.

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SpeedyClaude
SpeedyClaude Mar 17 2012, 3:01am replied:

This shows us how pathetic the US goverment is.

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Erik313
Erik313 Jan 19 2012, 5:32pm replied:

I must agree, it will probably be UASR.

-United American Socialist Republics

+7 votes     reply to comment
scopedknife
scopedknife Feb 20 2012, 10:22pm replied:

but in soviet Russia sopa blocks you!

+1 vote     reply to comment
scopedknife
scopedknife Feb 20 2012, 10:30pm replied:

impossible...

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Ignatz
Ignatz Jan 18 2012, 10:46am replied:

Well 'pipa' means 'p*ssy' in polish.
Just saying.

+37 votes     reply to comment
Erik313
Erik313 Jan 19 2012, 5:34pm replied:

In the Greek language PIPA translates to *******.
Haha take that government!!

+6 votes     reply to comment
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