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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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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Jan 20 2012, 6:26pm says:

For the love of God, this is rediculous. None of you even KNOW the execs at Megaupload and you are practically worshipping them as crucified saints! For all you know they are just as dirty as the FBI says! And besides, the indictment is too large to have been built overnight, so it wasn't in response to protests. This is not some government conspiracy, this is one, potentially corrupt and dirty (would not surprise me at all; corruption exists in many many places besides the government (and in the corporate sector it is sometimes even more potent)) company getting caught with their pants down. If the SOPA and PIPA thing hadn't happened a couple of days NONE OF YOU WOULD CARE. In fact, I predict most of you would be rattling on about "corporate corruption" and how the megaupload execs are "greedy pigs who are all about money" and various other things. Don't be reactionary, be RATIONAL. If you want to see what being reactionary results in, look at France in the century or so following the French Revolution.

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Jan 20 2012, 6:35pm says:

THIS generation of America? Really? The generation that is entirely dependent on Wikipedia for all knowledge in life? This generation that, for the most part has never even read Hobbes, Locke, Kant, Montesquieu, or much of anything regarding philosophies of justice, morality, and representative government? The generation that STILL thinks the phrase "Separation of church and state" is a quote from the Constitution? The generation that couldn't give you half of the amendments in the Bill of Rights? If this current generation tried to set up a new government, we would be in the worst shape of any nation in history. We would probably wind up with a freakin Nazi regime! No, the best solution is to take the Constitution (the non-human element of our government which works just fine) and learn it and actually vote for politicians that will abide by it and make it clear that we expect them to abide by it.

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D3ads
D3ads Jan 20 2012, 7:02pm says:

I think you're reading a little too much into the comments here Nuvendil.

I'm a little miffed that megaupload has gone because it was a simple and quick way to upload modding files to a server to share with other artists who needed to UV a model or something like that. Some people also used it to create backups for files, probably stupid because if ever the site was taken down all that data would be lost. Of course I'm well aware that the site is a hotbed for illegal content, but then so are all of these types of sites.. rapidshare, filesonic, oron, depositfiles, netload etc Trying to control every last thing that goes on there is pretty much impossible, it's like when people upload copyrighted stuff on Youtube...

Comments here seem to be as much as about S.O.P.A. and PIPA as they are about the actual New World Order, which does actually exist... it's called NATO..

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Jan 20 2012, 8:21pm replied:

Well, my point is that people are blaming the government when, in this case at least, it is hardly their fault. Megaupload comited the crimes, looked the other way for others committing the crimes via their site. They broke the law, a law that is entirely constitutional and only makes sense. That Megaupload is shut down is Megaupload's own fault and the fault of the pirates that used the site. Yes, the government arested them. Today they also probably arrested quite a few drug dealers, wife beaters, drunk drivers, maybe a murderer here and there. Are these martyrs for the cause against Big Brother too? I certainly hope not. In short, if Megaupload would do their job in removing every piece of pirated software they can and if users would REPORT it, Megaupload would not be shut down.

Ps: If NATO is the New World Order, than they suck at their job cause the world is constantly goin to **** in about a hundred different ways and places and they haven't done much about it :P

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aerozol
aerozol Jan 20 2012, 11:29pm replied:

An issue is that the claims against MegaUpload are not very good from a legal standpoint.
If MegaUpload is sentenced for things like "not having a search bar", it's setting a dangerous precedent in the courts, which is just as damaging as a bill like SOPA.

We'll see, but honestly, most of the charge that I've read is based on made-up figures and weird comments on what they spent their money on. Will be a case to watch.

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Buddys
Buddys Jan 20 2012, 11:06pm says:

OH MAY GOZSH LOOK WHAT US HAVE DONE WITH MEGAUPLOAD Megaupload.com

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camycamera
camycamera Jan 20 2012, 11:32pm replied:

son of a bitch..... they ****** up megaupload.....

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ZimSand141
ZimSand141 Jan 20 2012, 11:21pm says:

NO PLS DON'T CENSOR THE WEB !!!! I HATE GOVERNMENT !!

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camycamera
camycamera Jan 20 2012, 11:29pm says:

*sigh* sometimes, you just cant trust the government. they are idiots. all the want is money.

(quote from halo 2)
"politics.....how tiresome....."
-prophet of truth

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LucianoStarKiller
LucianoStarKiller Jan 21 2012, 2:59am replied: Online

sometimes?
many times i must say
as that doesnt only affects their country as it is

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cinco
cinco Jan 21 2012, 12:57am says:

boo hoo. cry about it. nothing changed. they took down megaupload though, which is awesome.

but they had great speeds.

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Gamer_Goo321
Gamer_Goo321 Jan 21 2012, 4:13am says:

Everyone Joy to The world Sopa Is Dead!

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danh30
danh30 Jan 21 2012, 7:03am says:

Megaupload and Megavideo closed

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myxale
myxale Jan 21 2012, 7:56am says:

Bill postponed not stopped.

Never stop fighting the implications.

Forever watchful!

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Hellaff
Hellaff Jan 21 2012, 8:09am says:

Oh, thank god :D

Egmnow.com

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lom2
lom2 Jan 21 2012, 9:38am says:

If they are going to do this, they might just as well nuke the world :/

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_w_
_w_ Jan 21 2012, 10:52am says: Online

1. critisize Hitler for burning books during WW2 to keep the masses dumb.
2. take down megaupload
3. ?????
4. profit!!!

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cronos35
cronos35 Jan 21 2012, 5:53pm says:

yeah stop online piracy by eliminating internet freedom. what are they gonna make the internet so boring no one will surf it anymore? they didn't even think of the consequences of those laws: people will surf the net less leading to lots of customers disconnecting from their ISPs bankrupting them in their business eventually. not to mention it will affect the gaming industry greatly.

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WeeGee9000
WeeGee9000 Jan 21 2012, 6:22pm says: +1 vote     reply to comment
_Josh26Indy_
_Josh26Indy_ Jan 21 2012, 10:46pm says:

I hope Internet Piracy continues... So I wont be signing any petition...

I mean if there were no torrent sites... I would have NO use for the internet...and it would NOT be worth paying for...

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SоrataZ
SоrataZ Jan 22 2012, 5:43am replied:

Fun fact: the general assumption is apparently that whenever something is "pirated" (which means copied, because pirates don't steal), then said person causes a loss by not buying the product for the maximum retail price. This however is flawed because no physical object is stolen, instead it's reproduced and shared. Other people who would have otherwise never heard of the product might then actually buy it. In other words, sharing increases sales.

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Machiawelli
Machiawelli Jan 22 2012, 3:29am says:

In Europe Union we have also ACTA, and I don't know what is wors...

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mediochrea
mediochrea Jan 22 2012, 12:13pm replied:

This! Unfortunately, ACTA is getting no publicity at all. This will most probably be the end of the free European internet. People must know about it!

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TheTriangulum
TheTriangulum Jan 22 2012, 3:31pm replied:

Actually, ACTA is a global bill. America have already signed it

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Metal-Payne
Metal-Payne Jan 22 2012, 1:58pm says:

You can't control what you did not create.

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TheTriangulum
TheTriangulum Jan 22 2012, 3:24pm says:

I am glad they took down megaupload. They deserve justice for the racketeering and the cash they claimed for it. If you don't accept the fact that they are criminals you need to read about the situation more. Once again the US cracks down on criminals. well done to them.

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_Josh26Indy_
_Josh26Indy_ Jan 22 2012, 11:22pm replied:

I don't accept the fact that they are criminals...at least no more than the big company's who claim they have been wronged.

Big company's are all greedy and steal off of poor people.

This is a known fact, if you don't accept this fact, then go try to buy a house. You end up paying 3 times what the home is worth, This is 300% interest, the Bank says its 5% compounded blah blah blah. The truth is its loansharking without the leg-breakers. The US Government says its OK for banks to do these things, then to top it off they bail out the Banks instead of bailing out the American people. So I say its OK to steal back from big company's.

$80 "Cotton Balls" at the hospital.(just the cotton)
This is Theft!!!! $1.50 at CVS 1 block away and i get a whole bag not just 5.

$50 I-Zune Access (Microsoft endorsed site for Zune)
What i actually got from Microsoft for $50 was not a site to download stuff for my Zune but instead was instructions for how to use Lime-Wire...
So, This was also theft !!!

And i haven't mentioned insurance companies so I havent even scratched the surface.




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PSP-H4CKERxX
PSP-H4CKERxX Jan 22 2012, 3:32pm says:

I think sopa should only block really bad websites like the website with neo nazis cutting off a guys head

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_w_
_w_ Jan 22 2012, 3:41pm says: Online

Best way to describe SOPA ===> 卐OPA

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ulquiorra13
ulquiorra13 Jan 22 2012, 4:31pm replied:

LOL WOOOUD basically theyre taking away rights so tehy nazi mofos

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ulquiorra13
ulquiorra13 Jan 22 2012, 4:30pm says:

Im not sure if everyone knows but,sopa and pipa were dropped guys :D

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Trailhog250
Trailhog250 Jan 23 2012, 1:59am replied:

Really?... I thought Obama vetoed it and now congress has 1 month to review it.

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xonone
xonone Jan 23 2012, 9:06pm says:

Filesonic is also down as well as more file share sites. Sopa may be dead but the effects are still taking place it seems.

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salty88
salty88 Jan 24 2012, 6:53pm says:

Don't forget about the EU ACTA! Which is pretty much the same dung!
The internet should be free!

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Gamingroach
Gamingroach Jan 25 2012, 9:54pm says:

Old men running the world, a new age!

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I_Love_Cat
I_Love_Cat Jan 26 2012, 11:58am says:

I really don't understand how people would draw parallels between this and socialism - for christ sake, the concept of the law is to give the power of censorship to the COMPANIES, to make the hunt for profit control the internet, that if anything would be the polar opposite of socialism!
Goddamn americans are still mentally in cold war-mode.

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Blood_Wraith
Blood_Wraith Jan 27 2012, 12:06am says:

DON'T SENSOR THE INTERNET!

Heavy: Ooh MY GOOOOOoOoOooO-T.

Youtube.com

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Stealth-Killer
Stealth-Killer Jan 29 2012, 3:09am says:

SOPA = STOP ONLINE PRIVACY ACT

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UN
UN Jan 29 2012, 10:44am says:

They alredy closed megaupload D:

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_w_
_w_ Jan 29 2012, 4:05pm says: Online

It's time you show europe some support to!
can you guys please put up an article about ACTA?
several governments (like sweden) already accepted it >.<;
please help!

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Eliteassault
Eliteassault Jan 31 2012, 10:10pm says:

SOPA is not helping what so ever...It's going to cause Illegal PIRACY to go up by millions of people.....I say to LEAVE IT ALONE! DOWN WITH SOPA!

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Eliteassault
Eliteassault Jan 31 2012, 10:23pm replied:

I don't really mean Down with SOPA because it's impossible to do that.They should just not ban everything with a copyright infringement.Maybe give a warning?

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HeartofShadows
HeartofShadows Jan 31 2012, 11:28pm says:

Forgot SOPA.
I would be worried about the ACTA(worse than SOPA) and is getting no media attention.

Forbes.com

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Eliteassault
Eliteassault Feb 1 2012, 7:36am replied:

ACTA seems pretty bad so far..

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Niner.
Niner. Feb 2 2012, 4:53am says:

I love that because they want law about internet but they don't even know how use it

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kuadziw
kuadziw Feb 3 2012, 12:12pm says:

My country just signed ACTA. Now we're getting sings to throw away our so-called prime minister and his crew.

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden Feb 3 2012, 8:26pm says:

Now theres only OPEN and ACTA to worry about.
Though its also possible for PIPA and SOPA to come back from the dead.

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☣Kaernk☣
☣Kaernk☣ Mar 17 2013, 5:29pm says:

So far, nothing happend, and I heard about this half a year ago. If not longer. So, yeah, nothing we need to pay attention to.

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