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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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UthersonL
UthersonL Jan 20 2012, 1:21am replied:

Confirmed.

+5 votes     reply to comment
I_Love_Cat
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!
KEEP_IT_UP! Jan 18 2012, 3:06pm replied:

READ:

Forbes.com

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

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

Let's just kill em' all...

+8 votes     reply to comment
Tiberium_Exposure
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.

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WaLTaRRoN
WaLTaRRoN Jan 19 2012, 11:13am replied:

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

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

the first censurated important website : megaupload

whats next?

+2 votes     reply to comment
Kukicha
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.

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dodek96_pl
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
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
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
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
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.
Imdb.com

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
Spector Jan 18 2012, 10:27am replied:

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

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

Agreed with you on this.

+4 votes     reply to comment
Hellome118
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
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.

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thelastlambda
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_
Katana_ Jan 18 2012, 3:19pm replied:

Solution: TERM LIMITS.

+12 votes     reply to comment
TheUnabridgedGamer
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~
~DarthRevan~ Jan 19 2012, 5:44pm replied:

That comment deserves like a bajillion + votes.

+3 votes     reply to comment
moci
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
KnightofEquulei Jan 18 2012, 10:24am replied: Online

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

+17 votes     reply to comment
tile
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
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
zaykophil Jan 18 2012, 7:35am replied:

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

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

The ???? was actually censored. :)

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

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

+1 vote     reply to comment
scopedknife
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_
_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
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
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
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
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
BurroDiablo Jan 18 2012, 7:38am replied:

Try 92584. Worked for me :)

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

thank you kind sir!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Mc01
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
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
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
DIDHOT Jan 18 2012, 8:28am replied:

You..need..to know...
Makarov..oppose this..too..
*lying dead* x__x

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

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

+19 votes     reply to comment
CloneWarrior85
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█
█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!

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Otter.
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
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

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SоrataZ
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_
_Dexter_ Jan 18 2012, 6:44pm replied:

The only thing I like Obama for...XD

+4 votes     reply to comment
AlekZanDer
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
scopedknife Jan 18 2012, 6:52pm replied:

you're crazy....

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

I've signed the google petition and this one:
Avaaz.org

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

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