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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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doom44
doom44 Jan 18 2012, 7:23am says:

I think SOPA is a terrible idea and the guy who came up with it should be beheaded.

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CloneWarrior85
CloneWarrior85 Jan 18 2012, 7:30am says:

Time for you guys to swim over to EU :P

(signed and i'm from EU)

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aidas2
aidas2 Jan 18 2012, 7:43am replied:

You do realise that this will definately transfer to UK eventualy and then to the rest of Europe? Better get signing people.

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SabreXT
SabreXT Jan 18 2012, 7:33am says:

While I'm sure it's all very important for America, but if any other goverment tried this, would it get the same support, site black outs and news coverage?

+4 votes     reply to comment
Gandbon
Gandbon Jan 18 2012, 7:33am says:

i would sign but too young. people of moddb please do not let the bill pass!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Unknown12345678900
Unknown12345678900 Jan 18 2012, 12:48pm replied:

That's just the government trying to censor you, sign it anyway!

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{{)ark}_}{ue
{{)ark}_}{ue Jan 18 2012, 5:53pm replied:

You use the internet, you're affected as well...You're not too young to sign! So if you want to sign it, SIGN IT!!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Seven_Diamonds
Seven_Diamonds Jan 18 2012, 7:36am says:

just when im getting a good modeler !

omggggggg where is our liberty and freedom ?

+3 votes     reply to comment
MrPackage
MrPackage Jan 18 2012, 7:40am says:

Кароче он написал, что в этом году будет плохо

+1 vote     reply to comment
Baryonyx
Baryonyx Jan 18 2012, 7:40am says:

Stand tall and stand your ground.
I'm with you, I oppose the two bills.

+4 votes     reply to comment
Noanykey
Noanykey Jan 18 2012, 7:44am says:

The protest is already picking up speed.
New York Times just did a story on it: Nytimes.com
Burn with the bill, its all rubbish. One of those things that senators think it looks good on paper, but never fully understand why this is a big deal.

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nikolai13
nikolai13 Jan 18 2012, 7:47am says:

This will do nothing, we will always find another way around copyright and intellectual property, take napstar for example, they got rid of it to stop free sharing music for good.....now look at what we have torrent sites everywhere!

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Seven_Diamonds
Seven_Diamonds Jan 18 2012, 7:50am says:

Maybe the third worldwar as started , but just starting over the internet Oo

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Rob-roy
Rob-roy Jan 18 2012, 7:53am says:

dutch government wants to do the same
also when ipv6 kicks in they can rebuild the whole interwebs
blocking or you must pay extra for services like online gaming or youtube let asia keep ipv6 europe must keep ipv4

work related in the IT business ipv6 sucks you must remember much more

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J.S.F
J.S.F Jan 20 2012, 5:21am replied:

The problem with not taking IPv6 is the fact that we no longer have Ipv4 adressses(ISH) but that would leave us more f***ed as ISPs cant give new companys or other people the ability to even accesss the internet.

Although yes it is possible that with the right tools one can do the tricky stuff so that IpV6 would block sites and request pay ...... but conisdering a world where only a select group can access the internet...

I come from holland and I am against these bills ..... I am dissapiont in gouverments :(

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Avenger5044
Avenger5044 Jan 18 2012, 7:54am says:

So America drags its problems all the way to the Australian Founded MODDB... O why America's problems is also our problem? Like the GFC wall street drag the world with its financial crisis now this annoying Internet Legislation.... I Support Moddb's Move!

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INtense!
INtense! Jan 18 2012, 7:56am replied:

This bill primarily targets international companies, so we are affected VERY heavily, and so is everyone even non US residents.

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SpeedyClaude
SpeedyClaude Mar 17 2012, 2:58am replied:

All roads go to America...

+1 vote     reply to comment
SPY-maps
SPY-maps Jan 18 2012, 8:03am says:

i am a very big consumer of the internet, for at least 12 years now and i always new that a free internet was only something that would be in the beginning. so i am not surprised at all to see this happen.

i really do hope that this bill will not work, or be elected, but the pessimist in me says that this is a lost battle. simply because its all about money, and money ALWAYS wins, (i hate it, but it is simply the truth). so, even when i do sign that google partitien i don't have my hopes up for a free internet.

i never hoped that i was wrong more then in this case,...
who knows, lets be possitive for ones....

leon

sign the Google partition;
Google.com

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SPY-maps
SPY-maps Jan 18 2012, 8:08am says:

mh, couldn't sign the google partition myself, probebly because i live outside the USA...

leon

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rwsbgames
rwsbgames Jan 18 2012, 8:17am replied:

Can't sign too, by the way, Leon, does this will affect countries outside? Or is this for US only?

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SabreXT
SabreXT Jan 18 2012, 9:01am replied:

It's US only, but some people are paranoid they will bully other countries into doing the same. (They did that to Spain I believe)

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volcol
volcol Jan 18 2012, 10:54am replied:

it affects the internet, globaly

+7 votes     reply to comment
DIDHOT
DIDHOT Jan 18 2012, 8:35am replied:

I'm Indonesian, and i've signed the petition..
my zip code fully works, just fill it correctly..

+5 votes     reply to comment
Admiral_Skeybar
Admiral_Skeybar Jan 18 2012, 8:54am replied:

I live in Sweden and I could sign it. Maybe it's limited to a 5 digit code?

+4 votes     reply to comment
█Black/Brunez█
█Black/Brunez█ Jan 18 2012, 8:09am says:

DOWN TO SOPA!
DOWN TO PIPA
UP FOR THE INTERNET FREEDOM!

+6 votes     reply to comment
GioHAUS0n
GioHAUS0n Jan 18 2012, 8:17am says:

What for they do it, I do not understand? If would speak about "Unlimited Internet on WORLD": has looked other side. And yes very much too late!!! It was necessary to think the beginning 2000 (I think thought only of the Millennium). Would tell about all it so: "Every dog has his day".

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Smallchange
Smallchange Jan 18 2012, 8:17am says:

Craigslist is also doing the blackout today. This act is ludacris to even attempt, NO intelligent person would actually believe it will help anyway. The more security that people try to put on things, the more the pirates will enhance their techniques.

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VovaS500
VovaS500 Jan 18 2012, 8:20am says:

PIPA :D ЛОЛ

+2 votes     reply to comment
arnandes
arnandes Jan 18 2012, 8:26am says:

ЛоЛ

+2 votes     reply to comment
arnandes
arnandes Jan 18 2012, 8:28am says:

Ну ваша власть и отжигает конечно.

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mike576
mike576 Jan 18 2012, 8:29am says:

Wow I can't believe they're actually trying to take away rights like freedom of speech over the internet. The U.S government keeps becoming more and more like a ****** up dictatorship.

+7 votes     reply to comment
arnandes
arnandes Jan 18 2012, 8:33am says:

А вообще , я это одобряю.

+2 votes     reply to comment
Gumwars850
Gumwars850 Jan 18 2012, 8:38am says:

Im so mad about this sopa thing

+3 votes     reply to comment
Predator_828
Predator_828 Jan 18 2012, 8:43am says:

So a person sings a pop song on a Youtube video, and posts a few meme pictures and then gets arrested and put into jail for up to five years!??

Prisons are places for Drug dealers and murderers. Not innocent people who were simply expressing themselves. I wonder how much money was held in front of the senators noses to get this going...

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SabreXT
SabreXT Jan 18 2012, 9:04am replied:

Not alot I'd imagine.

+3 votes     reply to comment
luqadoo
luqadoo Jan 18 2012, 9:23am replied:

5$ maybe?

+4 votes     reply to comment
mr_mister
mr_mister Jan 18 2012, 8:44am says:

Free the internet!

+5 votes     reply to comment
arnandes
arnandes Jan 18 2012, 8:46am says:

В общем , пиздуйте к нам ребята , у нас тут свободы дохуя.

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themoodude
themoodude Jan 18 2012, 8:58am says:

Support from the UK. The World Wide Web was created as a means to share information freely- it consists of user-generated content and shared ideas. How can it be that the US Government think they have the right to censor what they do not own?! If these pass it will be a dark day for freedom.

+6 votes     reply to comment
TheTriangulum
TheTriangulum Jan 18 2012, 3:09pm replied:

actually it started as a military asset

+3 votes     reply to comment
agent00kevin
agent00kevin Jan 18 2012, 10:33pm replied:

ACTUALLY it started as a scientific project not funded by the military.

+3 votes     reply to comment
[Infernal_Eagle2077]
[Infernal_Eagle2077] Jan 18 2012, 8:59am says:

Down with this madness give freedom !

+5 votes     reply to comment
-IllusiveMan-
-IllusiveMan- Jan 18 2012, 9:07am says:

Lol this sux seriously. But in the internet ppl say that it is bad and so on. But time has shown that only way to stop something is to come out on street with masses and demand to stop the madness. And do that without wrecking city in process lol. Anyways, people are true power in countries, and masses will usually be heard. Those bills are cause of 2% from entire worlds population, the rich people (who think they own you, and they kinda do) are loosing few millions from piracy. Me for example, dont even have half of games/movies what i wanna play or watch, for sale in my country. So to get em must download from somewhere. So... Lol. Anyways, peace and luck to us all!

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55blahh55
55blahh55 Jan 18 2012, 9:15am says:

This madness must be stopped! I cant believe they try passing a bill like this, after criticizing other countries like Iran and China for internet censorship!
SIGNED!

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EDOC_32
EDOC_32 Jan 18 2012, 9:18am says:

What That F**k is this? in my country S.O.P.A is soup, and P.I.P.A is pipe xD...
hmmmm... wait wait wait wait!!, ModDB.com and YouTube.com closed if a user public "something inappropriate"???, that the culprit go to hell!!

Apart: i live in Argentina, also ModDB.com, Google.com.ar, and others webs of USA in Argentina is closed?

+3 votes     reply to comment
Beez-one
Beez-one Jan 18 2012, 9:40am says:

Sopa and Pipa?
Sounds like a two evil leprechauns from some kind of kids show! :D

+4 votes     reply to comment
SM_Sith_Lord
SM_Sith_Lord Jan 18 2012, 9:43am says:

I should stop singing Justin Biber songs all day, I might get sued.

+4 votes     reply to comment
[Infernal_Eagle2077]
[Infernal_Eagle2077] Jan 18 2012, 9:45am says:

PIPA in Russian sounds like ***** Sopa like soup and yes +1 support from Russia

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ComeradeStalin
ComeradeStalin Jan 18 2012, 9:53am says:

Can't say I'm surprised. And I deeply doubt that these petitions will work. With the same success we can spit against the wind. What's next? They will come to my house to sleep with my girl, in order to protect me from "undesirable consequences"?

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