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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 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.

Post comment Comments  (50 - 100 of 448)
Pynkfloyd Jan 18 2012, 6:40am says:


This has worldwide implications so much love from the UK

+127 votes     reply to comment
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 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.

+46 votes     reply to comment
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!

+46 votes     reply to comment
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?

+15 votes     reply to comment
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.)

+11 votes     reply to comment
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.

+10 votes     reply to comment
zerokite Jan 22 2012, 9:42am replied:

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

+4 votes     reply to comment
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 :

I take no credits for this.

+5 votes     reply to comment
scopedknife Jan 18 2012, 6:40pm replied:

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

+15 votes     reply to comment
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.

+3 votes     reply to comment
ratchet5 Jan 20 2012, 7:49pm replied:

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

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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.

+24 votes     reply to comment
ratchet5 Jan 18 2012, 3:48pm buried:


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.

-87 votes     reply to comment
ratchet5 Jan 18 2012, 4:30pm buried:


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

-50 votes     reply to comment
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...

+18 votes     reply to comment
ratchet5 Jan 19 2012, 3:28pm buried:


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)

-13 votes     reply to comment
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?

+7 votes     reply to comment
ratchet5 Jan 19 2012, 10:08pm buried:


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?

-12 votes     reply to comment Jan 25 2012, 8:34am replied:

not for me

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Conchobhar Jan 18 2012, 4:40pm buried:


Your a fool

-26 votes     reply to comment
ratchet5 Jan 18 2012, 4:44pm buried:


No i'm rational

-39 votes     reply to comment
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?

+8 votes     reply to comment
ratchet5 Jan 19 2012, 3:30pm buried:


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

-15 votes     reply to comment
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.

+7 votes     reply to comment
ratchet5 Jan 19 2012, 10:10pm buried:


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

-14 votes     reply to comment
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?

+6 votes     reply to comment
ratchet5 Jan 19 2012, 11:48pm buried:


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.

-14 votes     reply to comment
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?

+5 votes     reply to comment
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.

-4 votes     reply to comment
-(TBS)-Jericho Jan 21 2012, 6:08am replied:

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

+4 votes     reply to comment
ratchet5 Jan 21 2012, 3:21pm replied:


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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.

+8 votes     reply to comment
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.

+9 votes     reply to comment
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

0 votes     reply to comment
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

+51 votes     reply to comment
TankinatorFR 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...

+13 votes     reply to comment
The_Nephillium Feb 19 2012, 8:01pm replied:

I think they already smoked pipe when makeing this bill

+2 votes     reply to comment
SpeedyClaude Jan 18 2012, 10:27am replied:

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

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

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

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

support runners

+22 votes     reply to comment
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.

+16 votes     reply to comment
-(TBS)-Jericho Jan 20 2012, 12:35pm replied:

Mirror's Edge Much?

+6 votes     reply to comment
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.

+2 votes     reply to comment
SpeedyClaude Mar 17 2012, 3:01am replied:

This shows us how pathetic the US goverment is.

+2 votes     reply to comment
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 Feb 20 2012, 10:22pm replied:

but in soviet Russia sopa blocks you!

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


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Ignatz Jan 18 2012, 10:46am replied:

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

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

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

+6 votes     reply to comment
UthersonL Jan 20 2012, 1:21am replied:


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I_Love_Cat Jan 26 2012, 11:46am replied:

SOPA means "garbage" in swedish. So suiting :)
And PIPA means "pipe", lol.

+1 vote     reply to comment
KEEP_IT_UP! Jan 18 2012, 3:06pm replied:


sopa NOT gonna happen (for now)!!!
not because of petitions but the big ones protesting..

+10 votes     reply to comment
ADTeam™ Jan 18 2012, 10:57pm replied:

Let's just kill em' all...

+8 votes     reply to comment
Tiberium_Exposure Jan 19 2012, 10:57pm replied:

i agree. leaving it to the politicians will only get all of us screwed. if this thing does manage to pass, they have all of our names on a list as potential threats to national security or some other type of ******** excuse they may come up with. if PIPA passes it will be the end of home-made vids and mods as we know it. not to mention that no one will ever be able to come out with their own song ever again, as someone higher up might shout down that it was stolen from them, and we wont be able to do **** about it. this is just another power grab made by fat hogs and pigs in congress and the house of reps, where no matter how much is given to them, they just want more and more and more. ending the argument and simply denying congress or the house the right to do this is the only way to go. sure petitions could work, but petitions have been ignored before on dozens of occasions and with these ******** in power, we are pretty much perpetually screwed as is. however, they simply cannot ignore the voice of close to the entire population of this country standing up against this. if they ever tried to deny the people the right to stop this, then this country would have to change its name afterwards because america, land of the free just wouldn't sit right anymore.

+5 votes     reply to comment
WaLTaRRoN Jan 19 2012, 11:13am replied:

They're afraid of something... But what?

+3 votes     reply to comment
Seven_Diamonds Jan 20 2012, 5:43am replied:

the first censurated important website : megaupload

whats next?

+2 votes     reply to comment
Kukicha Jan 21 2012, 7:25am replied:

Im from germany so it doesnt touch me directly - but still, i must say this is an act you my dear friends from the USA should not take place - not now, not today, not tomorrow, NEVER!

I see the chain reaction coming, and I dont like that thought, because, what will happen after SOPA/PIPA? ofc other countries will follow the US line and the freedom of the internet will be endangered like the white shark and one day dead like the dodo - stop SOPA - stop PIPA.

+1 vote     reply to comment
dodek96_pl Jan 22 2012, 2:05pm replied:

Luckily, Anonymous took care of Polish government already, hope that will scare them... WE DON'T WANT ACTA!

+1 vote     reply to comment
tile Jan 22 2012, 6:50pm replied:

anonymos is not a group. if it is, it's run by watson from jeopardy. (voice sounds the same)

+1 vote     reply to comment
TheNodCommander Jan 18 2012, 6:45am says:

How can a western goverment derp so much as the one in USA? I do not understand. Signed the Google petition.

+27 votes     reply to comment
DIFTOW Jan 18 2012, 8:09am replied:

This is primarily the work of the MPAA and RIAA, and it seems clear to me that there motive has more to do with destroying competition and maximizing profits. Piracy hasn't bankrupted these people. They still make huge profits, and some statistics indicate their sales have continually increased for the last 20 years, not decreased.

In this "horrible age of internet piracy", lets see how one of the costly box office films is doing.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2012)

The cost to make the movie:
Production Budget: $145 million

The sales as of Jan 16th:
Domestic Sales: $189,448,612
Foreign Sales: $320,000,000
Total: $509,448,612

I rest my case.

+51 votes     reply to comment
OdinM1 Jan 18 2012, 10:23am replied:

Don't forget Avatar, which pulled down 2.78 billion dollars worldwide. It is the highest grossing ever. *EVER*

Not to mention all the other movies that pulled in 800 million to 1 billion in just the last ten years.

Or the fact the music industry is still raking in billions every year.
Or the video game industry which is also sucking up billions and breaking entertainment sale records with the likes of Call of Duty.
Or VALVe, who are also making insane amounts of dough despite the so called piracy plague of the internet.
Or GOG which is doing just fine despite the fact they use no copy protection what-so-ever on the games they sell.
Or Minecraft selling 4.5 million+ copies and still going strong.

+20 votes     reply to comment
Spector Jan 18 2012, 10:27am replied:

Just to note, Valve and notch(majong) are against SOPA. ;)

+24 votes     reply to comment
SonofEvil Jan 19 2012, 1:49pm replied:

Agreed with you on this.

+4 votes     reply to comment
Hellome118 Jan 18 2012, 11:26am replied:

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that some people discussing this in congress have admitted they don't use the internet and use typewriters.

+19 votes     reply to comment
TheUnabridgedGamer Jan 18 2012, 12:18pm replied:

Gee, you mean out of touch politicians shouldn't be consistently re-elected to governmental positions where they have to decide about issues that will effect everyone? Go figure!

More and more I grow to detest the way society is becoming in America... It's like all that remains are sheep herds and mad sheep herders.

+11 votes     reply to comment
thelastlambda Jan 18 2012, 1:17pm replied:

There is a catch 22 involved there deep in the works...

To get elected, you need to appease your constituents, To get money back to your state/appease, you have to get on as heads of committees or take money from lobbyists, to get on as heads of committees, you have to be in congress from a while, when you are in congress for awhile you become out of touch with people and the world around you (9/10 times most politicians due, even if they say they aren't)

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Katana_ Jan 18 2012, 3:19pm replied:

Solution: TERM LIMITS.

+12 votes     reply to comment
TheUnabridgedGamer Jan 18 2012, 8:14pm replied:

Yes, we need to make it -necessary- for new people to be in Congress every so often. Then rather than 40 years behind in the times our congress will only be like... 20 years behind. That means they'll still think the Xbox 360 is the most console on the market, but better than nothing!

+6 votes     reply to comment
~DarthRevan~ Jan 19 2012, 5:44pm replied:

That comment deserves like a bajillion + votes.

+3 votes     reply to comment
moci Jan 18 2012, 6:47am says:

As if a petition will change their minds. I guess money is the only thing. The system is corrupt.

+30 votes     reply to comment
KnightofEquulei Jan 18 2012, 10:24am replied:

You've nailed it. Those ****s only care for money.

+17 votes     reply to comment
tile Jan 22 2012, 6:55pm replied:

after being locked in a quart room for so long, i bet they figure money has gone up in value. they also don't know what the internet is today, probably. they probably think it's still just a few websites and msdos stuff.

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ambershee Jan 18 2012, 6:48am says:

1. Criticise China and Iran for censoring the Internet.
2. Propose bill to censor the Internet.
3. ?????
4. Profit!

+82 votes     reply to comment
zaykophil Jan 18 2012, 7:35am replied:

the ????? must be shut down websites of competing business.

+15 votes     reply to comment
Katana_ Jan 18 2012, 3:17pm replied:

The ???? was actually censored. :)

+16 votes     reply to comment
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vicolata Jan 19 2012, 5:06pm replied:

the ???? is: learning what "internet" means

+1 vote     reply to comment
scopedknife Jan 18 2012, 6:49pm replied:

how about choose the worst sites every year that pirate stuff :/ like uhh.... thepiratebay. and a bunch of other similar websites.

+4 votes     reply to comment
_Josh26Indy_ Apr 14 2012, 6:46am replied:

**** you... I love Piracy... Big Companys steal from us... Lets steal back...

+1 vote     reply to comment
Admiral_Skeybar Jan 18 2012, 6:49am says:

Good to see at least some people are aware. I support all the websites who joined in the blackout today.
It's hard to believe it has even managed to come this far, let's hope these bills never pass.

+12 votes     reply to comment
mediochrea Jan 18 2012, 6:49am says:

RPS is blacked out as well. Great cause, people. Fight the power. Salute from Latvia!

+9 votes     reply to comment
BurroDiablo Jan 18 2012, 6:50am says:

Signed the petition even though I don't live in the US, this will have global consequences as the Internet is a global system. Seriously, **** this Plutocratic ********.

+17 votes     reply to comment
mediochrea Jan 18 2012, 7:18am replied:

You are allowed to sign while not being not from the US? Strangely enough, it doesn't accept my zip address.

+2 votes     reply to comment
BurroDiablo Jan 18 2012, 7:38am replied:

Try 92584. Worked for me :)

+5 votes     reply to comment
WeeGee9000 Jan 18 2012, 9:07pm replied:

thank you kind sir!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Mc01 Jan 18 2012, 7:46am replied:

I also signed. (not from us) Maybe you should try to type your zip-code in diffrent ways. Cheers

+4 votes     reply to comment
mediochrea Jan 18 2012, 9:37am replied:

Damn, what "zip address" is supposed to mean? I meant zip code, of course. Sigh, me and my typos. Thanks for the suggestions though, guys.

+3 votes     reply to comment
H4nat4ro Jan 18 2012, 6:57am says:

If SOPA/PIPA is back on the grid.....then so are we....

+11 votes     reply to comment
DIDHOT Jan 18 2012, 8:28am replied: know...
Makarov..oppose this..too..
*lying dead* x__x

+4 votes     reply to comment
Meraqel Jan 18 2012, 7:00am says:

btw -> word 'pipa' means '****' in polish :D haha

+19 votes     reply to comment
CloneWarrior85 Jan 18 2012, 7:48am replied:

SOPA = Soup in Portuguese

So c'mon people, you better eat your soup, before it eats the internet.

+19 votes     reply to comment
█Black/Brunez█ Jan 18 2012, 8:30am replied:

Also Pipa is kite in Portuguease.

don´t let this kite reach the sky of the internet!

+4 votes     reply to comment
Otter. Jan 18 2012, 8:48am replied:

It's pipe in Hungarian. :P
But SOPA is almost like "szop" which means "suck" so there is that. :D

+4 votes     reply to comment
DragonNOR Jan 18 2012, 7:14am says:

If I could I would've signed the petition myself. Something like this is bound to swim over to europe if it gets accepted in the US.

+1 Moral support from Norway

+10 votes     reply to comment
SоrataZ Jan 18 2012, 7:16am says:

I signed petitions and wrote lengthy emails to the US government already, as well as participated in some discussions on the German Wikipedia (which sadly enough does not participate in the blackout) and told people I know about the whole thing. Thank you ModDB for mentioning it. I hope that more people see this and react accordingly.

In other news, US President Obama made it clear that he and his legislation do not support the bills. So there are at least some politicians who still have common sense.

+8 votes     reply to comment
_Dexter_ Jan 18 2012, 6:44pm replied:

The only thing I like Obama for...XD

+4 votes     reply to comment
AlekZanDer Jan 18 2012, 7:18am says:

The senators must burn in NUCLEAR FIRE! The problem won't affect the users as much as will affect the senators. They are planting a time bomb in their own basement. History is happening again. Rulers are trying to take the right of speech from us, just like it had happened in the real world in the past. Don't worry. The senators will regret this decision if they win. They are not masters of the Internet. There are no masters. It will take time for the senators to figure that out. They can learn it by suffering the hackers, or by themselves. Problem is that other countries will try to do that. But they will suffer the same way. Big companies (like Google) can also try to go work in a different country. There they will become strong again, and America will get f**ked in another way. Self f**ked.

+14 votes     reply to comment
scopedknife Jan 18 2012, 6:52pm replied:

you're crazy....

+1 vote     reply to comment
R3bornSh4dow Jan 18 2012, 7:19am says:

I've signed the google petition and this one:

I live in Germany, but instead of looking away(like a lot of my friends), I'm trying to help to stop it.

+8 votes     reply to comment
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