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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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CrowV
CrowV Jan 18 2012, 9:59am says:

No way can this happen, everyone must fight to keep the internet alive and free

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sgfan206
sgfan206 Jan 18 2012, 9:59am says:

It is terrible if so many have to pay for the deeds of a few ...

... and it's all about profit. Nothing else counts nowadays.

Gosh, where did this world go ...

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unbeknowenst503
unbeknowenst503 Jan 18 2012, 10:05am says:

well i guess its time for me to add some of my opinion in ey?

tbh no matter what they try itll ALWAYS be bypassed !!! in one way or another so dont get all end of the world on me yall ok wheve had far worse than this happen in the past ,peace

p.s: if all goes to hell itll most likely go underground and leave em greedy douchebags with nothing, while we flourish and keep on evolving

p.s.s: US and freedom in one sentence is a joke i hope right? xD

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thonglover
thonglover Jan 18 2012, 10:05am says:

Stop piracy, not ******* liberty.

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Doyle_138
Doyle_138 Jan 18 2012, 10:09am replied:

it's really a good thing that so much (popular) websites are taking part.

edit: oops, this should not be an answer to you but a general post.

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thonglover
thonglover Jan 18 2012, 3:57pm replied:

Wow

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Zeltrax
Zeltrax Jan 18 2012, 10:06am says:

UK I wish we could sign up for these things.

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JackFox
JackFox Jan 18 2012, 10:13am says:

so bunch of 50 to 70s that have hardly touched a keyboard let alone knowing how the internet works, are going to decide the fate of the internet. perhaps they should have asked the people how they felt about this instead of debating and passing Legislation of this magnitude. Have a voice today, or you may not have one... tomorrow.

Signed.

Shared.

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Reborn:X
Reborn:X Jan 18 2012, 10:14am says:

I support you all in this sad moment of Internet history.

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SоrataZ
SоrataZ Jan 18 2012, 10:15am says:

This guy here
Youtube.com
has evidence that the whole piracy business that's going on today was caused, *drumroll* by the big business, long-time in advance. I cannot say this surprises me.

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Reborn:X
Reborn:X Jan 18 2012, 10:40am says:

If anyone has problems signing the Google petition due to being from another country then USA. I have found another petition which should work for all.

Avaaz.org

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lettmon
lettmon Jan 18 2012, 10:42am says:

pippin

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KillerHurdz
KillerHurdz Jan 18 2012, 10:46am says:

Thanks ModDB!

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HavocOfDoom
HavocOfDoom Jan 18 2012, 10:47am says:

This is just stupid. Media gets enough money as it is, WITHOUT the ability to sue who they want! USA do not realize how big this will be, they don't realize just how much they are meddling. They CANNOT decide what happens to in other country. They CANNOT make a law which allows them to meddle wherever they please, just because of the music on a Youtube video! You think you're the boss of the world USA? Think again.

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moci
moci Jan 19 2012, 2:28pm replied:

You would be hard pressed to find a country that is more boss-like than USA.

Maybe if China said something ... ow wait, better not.

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ZedMarine610
ZedMarine610 Jan 18 2012, 10:54am says:

DOWN WITH SOPA AND PIPA!
Support from Estonia

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-IllusiveMan-
-IllusiveMan- Jan 18 2012, 11:12am replied:

Yay for us, total support from here!

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Seaal
Seaal Jan 18 2012, 10:57am says:

S.O.P.A

Stupid Offline Parking Aliance

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myxale
myxale Jan 18 2012, 11:04am says:

If the Bill passes the Onlie-World as we know it well end. And I hate to be one of the generations who have to witness this!

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WeeGee9000
WeeGee9000 Jan 18 2012, 11:07am says:

i dont remember my zip code
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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Soldier1312
Soldier1312 Jan 18 2012, 11:18am says:

Let's stop these stealing motherf*ckers that want to own internet because of personal business. They want to have even more money that average people and they still want more. Go to hell corporate bitches. You are breaking our right to word's freedom.

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WeeGee9000
WeeGee9000 Jan 18 2012, 11:26am says:

my ******* zip code comes as invalid! maybe its because i dont live in the us. You are not the only ones guys, Brazilian Government is corrupt as hell, i hope they dont do this. FIGHT THE GOVERNMENT! From: Brazil

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Zygo
Zygo Jan 18 2012, 11:34am says:

******* america is killing the earth man

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Kark-Jocke
Kark-Jocke Jan 18 2012, 11:38am says:

is all this tro?

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Rodmaster3000
Rodmaster3000 Jan 18 2012, 11:44am says:

**** the SOPA and PIPA

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero Jan 18 2012, 11:46am says:

rofl you and the net can protest as much as you want and really just one day as if that will hurt anyone. oh we made it into the news oh this is so going to chance something, yea sure, wont change anything until you grab a gun. They already track and control and monitor us wherever they can, and you will accept it if you like it or not. As for the video it got no clue whats behind these oppositions. You should worry more about the NDAA.

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moci
moci Jan 19 2012, 2:30pm replied:

Well the NDAA is more local, so for us non-americans NDAA is a - far from our bed - show.

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medve
medve Jan 18 2012, 11:46am says:

the big brother strikes again

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CaptainIstvan
CaptainIstvan Jan 18 2012, 11:56am says:

**** you goverment

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joppe38
joppe38 Jan 18 2012, 11:56am says:

I'm not going to buy (or even download) modern Hollywood movies. They are just crap. I like watching indie movies because they are creative. If SOPA passes... R.I.P indie movies... :(

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WeeGee9000
WeeGee9000 Jan 18 2012, 11:57am says: +1 vote     reply to comment
son-of-lorgar
son-of-lorgar Jan 18 2012, 11:58am says:

the senator congressman that thought this bullsh** up can go and hide in ditch somewhere

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Dr.Goupyl Online
Dr.Goupyl Jan 18 2012, 11:58am says:

We'll fight for freedom on the internet !

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WeeGee9000
WeeGee9000 Jan 18 2012, 11:58am says:

If Sopa and PIP Pases i wont have more anime to download :( r.i.p my youtube videos

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WeeGee9000
WeeGee9000 Jan 18 2012, 12:06pm says:

Pipa and sopa wont pass for sure! :D
THE MIGHTY GOOGLE WONT ALLOW IT!!

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FreeIntlArmy
FreeIntlArmy Jan 18 2012, 12:07pm says:

i hope everyone will wake up now ! ITS TIME !

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*Don*
*Don* Jan 18 2012, 12:10pm says:

We are living in the wild wests days of the internet. It was only a matter of time before the internet police showed up.

With all of the piracy going on, its really no surprize something would happen. While I do not support piracy, I certainly do not support censorship.

I do laugh when people talk about corperate greed and "all they care about is money". Freedom of speech is what we all want, in America we also have a free market. So the same rights which represent us and our rights to a free internet also give them the right to protect their assets.

TL:DR - SOPA & PIPA crashed the party because a couple under aged kids got drunk.

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GooberTrooper
GooberTrooper Jan 18 2012, 12:18pm says:

With the actions our government has committed I am ashamed to be an American. And there is not much that can be done to change it.

The first step was taken long ago, this is only the one of many, The steps down the ladder of a free country.

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Tha_14
Tha_14 Jan 18 2012, 12:20pm says:

I closed all my sites to RIP SOPA and PIPA(Which is a swear in greek but anyways) with the hope that Internet will stay as it is now, Free.

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gtkall
gtkall Jan 18 2012, 12:23pm replied:

pipes opws ta les

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eldritchwalrus
eldritchwalrus Jan 18 2012, 12:26pm says:

I don't browse the DB too much but I just wanted to say that what you're doing here is awesome. Thank you!

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_w_
_w_ Jan 18 2012, 12:36pm says:

SOPA is the modern day book burning...

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unbeknowenst503
unbeknowenst503 Jan 18 2012, 1:03pm replied:

funny but true xD

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The_Mastodon
The_Mastodon Jan 18 2012, 12:36pm says:

Can I sign any kind of petition if I do not live in the US? I tried to sign the Google petition but it wouldn't accept my ZIP code since it's not a US ZIP code.

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SpetsnazVDV
SpetsnazVDV Jan 18 2012, 2:27pm replied:

Type in some random one :)

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Syl2r
Syl2r Jan 18 2012, 12:41pm says:

Well if here in Portugal they apllie these laws I will turn into a terrorist, mark my words...

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s2601d
s2601d Jan 18 2012, 12:55pm says:

Omg where world are rolling?

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EvilAngel
EvilAngel Jan 18 2012, 12:57pm says:

Its all because these companied want more and more money.... even though they got enough to sort out all of the worlds problems.. but waste it on films.. the government waste so much money on war when it should be concentrating on sorting out the poverty they have in their own country!

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Hell_Diguner
Hell_Diguner Jan 18 2012, 1:03pm says:

Seems my government does more stupid **** every time I turn around. At least we have a decent chance of preventing bad bills like this. There are many people who live where they can't influence what their government does.

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moci
moci Jan 19 2012, 2:32pm replied:

At the end of the day, you can't either.

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