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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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Razzeld
Razzeld Jan 18 2012, 1:04pm says:

For The Freedom And GLORY FOR THE INTERNET WHIT OUT SOPA!

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desuza
desuza Jan 18 2012, 1:10pm says:

is this only in usa?

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agrenas
agrenas Jan 18 2012, 1:20pm says: Online

**** SOPA/PIPA!........YEAH!

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SpookyShadow
SpookyShadow Jan 18 2012, 1:20pm says:

-- comment removed by SOPA --

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FoxFort
FoxFort Jan 18 2012, 1:21pm says:

Yeah stop internet piracy but don't stop US and NATO invasions across the world, they want to control/limit the information so that they can manipulate more easily they own citizens.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE NOT TO CORPORATIONS !!!

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JuSTiNX
JuSTiNX Jan 18 2012, 1:22pm says:

This bill SOPA is almost dead,
But PIPA is still alive.

We must retaliate with the rest so that both of it Can't see the light of day!
If this passes, i for one might not see the internet as a whole for the year's to come.

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ThatMercenarySnake
ThatMercenarySnake Jan 18 2012, 1:27pm says:

congress is full of 5th grader adhd positive adults

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Sergiovi
Sergiovi Jan 18 2012, 1:32pm says:

If that damn law is approved I think that the internet as we know it will be way dead, I'll ******* start banging rocks right know for fire if that law is approved

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desuza
desuza Jan 18 2012, 1:47pm says:

i dont live in usa so i cant Sign the Google petition.is there other way to help?

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fps_css
fps_css Jan 18 2012, 1:51pm says:

No S.O.P.A In Colombia and throughout Latin America also we are against this initiative.

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GooberTrooper
GooberTrooper Jan 18 2012, 1:52pm says:

"To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes." —H.R. 326

Please tell me I'm not the only one disturbed by the last four words.

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MorshuLoL
MorshuLoL Jan 18 2012, 1:56pm says:

UNCENSORED INTERNET FOR THE PEOPLE! F**K SOPA, AND GO TO HELL WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE!

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VovaS500
VovaS500 Jan 18 2012, 2:09pm says:

Google.ru - Google knows! :D

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zachtou78
zachtou78 Jan 18 2012, 2:14pm says: +2 votes     reply to comment
SpetsnazVDV
SpetsnazVDV Jan 18 2012, 2:24pm says:

If this **** gets passed, i'm gonna start hacking into government ****

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roko199200
roko199200 Jan 18 2012, 2:28pm says:

stop censoring the web

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EclipseStardestroyer
EclipseStardestroyer Jan 18 2012, 2:33pm says:

I'm still mad over the BSG mods being removed from this website. No way am I going to live with THIS!

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Isimiel
Isimiel Jan 18 2012, 2:47pm says:

somethings wrong with the audio i heard this insted Youtube.com

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TheTriangulum
TheTriangulum Jan 18 2012, 2:47pm says:

Does this effect the UK?

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yaik7a
yaik7a Jan 18 2012, 2:48pm says:

This will not have international effects, but I still hope it does not happen.

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Ark11
Ark11 Jan 18 2012, 3:00pm says:

These companies aren't trying to end piracy, they are trying to completely control the internet which in turn will stop piracy. They can't destroy an entire global network to tackle one small problem.

Thats like if someone nuked a whole city because one fugitive was hiding out there. Sure, it does solve the problem, but it just ends up creating alot more.

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP! Jan 18 2012, 3:04pm says:

Forbes.com

sopa on ice for now, thanks!

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PinheiroIllness99
PinheiroIllness99 Jan 18 2012, 3:06pm says:

**** SOPA!

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PinheiroIllness99
PinheiroIllness99 Jan 18 2012, 3:07pm says:

If you go to the main website, you can see a copyrighted picture in the background (it was made by an artist that didn't get credited)
Being a hypocrite to its finest.

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azultain
azultain Jan 18 2012, 3:11pm says:

it's time to make a (r)evolution

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Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel Jan 18 2012, 3:21pm says:

Looks like people are right about the apocalypse of 2012 - SOPA and PIPA!

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Reymart
Reymart Jan 18 2012, 3:24pm says:

i got my school to send like dozens of mail to senators and representatives and each mail is like an essay :D

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Voodou
Voodou Jan 18 2012, 3:26pm says:

Stupid SOPA, I can [This text has been censored by the United States government] Whenever I want!

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ytres
ytres Jan 18 2012, 3:28pm says:

Once again the American government shows its true state.
This bill is primarily the baby of the RIAA and MPAA, organizations that portray internet piracy as the culprit of "thousands of job losses and millions of dollars lost in the movie and music industries".
However, this argument is totally false if one looks at the profits of recently released movies, albums, and video games.
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2012) (Thanks to DIFTOW for these figures)
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
Internet piracy has not made a siginificant dent in the profits of movie makers. This is also shown in the music industry. iTunes, the most popular music store on the internet, continues to make hundreds of millions of dollars every year on music sales, and the same goes for other online music stores. Music can be easily pirated on the internet, but despite that fact, the music industry is making massive profits. As for the video game industry, games like Call of Duty and Battlefield continue to break sales records and make amounts of money that were unheard of in the video game industry prior to 2007. Valve, who runs the Steam online game store, makes millions every year selling games, despite the fact that all the games they sell in their store can be easily pirated off the internet. Also, Minecraft, one of the most popular PC games released in the past few years, has sold 4.5 million+ copies and is still selling more, despite, once again, the fact that the game can be easily pirated off the internet.
It is shown by these figures and many more that the profits of these industries has gone up, not down, in the past few years, despite internet piracy.

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ytres
ytres Jan 18 2012, 3:29pm says:

So why is this bill trying to be passed? The RIAA and MPAA are puppets of some of the largest movie and music corporations. The actual point of the bill is not to stop internet piracy, but to maximize profits EVEN MORE and destroy all competition. Remember, this bill allows the government, which the corporations have very heavy influence over, to block any website that has any sort of content on it that is deemed to be "violating copyright". The ramifications of this bill go way beyond internet piracy, and threaten the whole existence of freedom of information and speech across the internet. Now the government has the power to block any website they please, which could include websites that say things against the government, or organize protests, all under the veil that those websites were hosting "pirated content". The internet is one of the last free fronts of information, and we must not allow the puppet government and greedy corporations to destroy this.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero Jan 18 2012, 3:37pm replied:

Its also for controlling which sites the population can see and which they can't. This opens pretty much the pandoras box as you either have a free internet or a limited one, once they made some limitations it will spread all over. They had censored those pedo sites ok thats good, now they go after IP and pirating ok not fun anymore, whats it gonna be tomorrow? A site being critic about the gov or telling something vital to know but hurting?

All those "goodhumans" will cry around about what is harmful and does not belong into the net, with 99% of the people being stupid retards i can already guess how its gonna end like.

Its merely just another control tool to be added to the list.

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yumyalls
yumyalls Jan 18 2012, 3:34pm says:

funny how the same big media company supporters of this bill actually started and made torrents popular and easy to use. this is just an excuse to kill off potential indie enterainment franchises such as youtube characters such as angry video game nerd and fred plus indie games such as minecraft or world of goo. they would be dead before the began. basically the whole internet would be a glorified app store where no one could make a living unless paramount pictures or EA games etc gets all the rights and most of the profit from your creations. plus taking people to court to make a quick buck is an issue. it scares me because all they need is your IP address to screw you over, a friend could use my pc and download something and i could be taken to court resulting in me being in debt for life "and if this bill passes i would also be a fellon and face prison time". you NEED to watch this video if your as paranoid of this bill as i am: Youtube.com

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GDawgTUK
GDawgTUK Jan 18 2012, 3:34pm says:

Why are they even bothering with this garbage? The United States government will do anything to divert attention from their terrible check book managing skills.

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psYbeRotubirtsiD
psYbeRotubirtsiD Jan 18 2012, 3:36pm says:

CONCERNING PIRACY:
Let me tell you how there could be free downloads in our systemusing an example:

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Indienet an internet-provider gives out internet for 5€/$ more per months than most internet providers but you can download legally as much as you want. So every artist enlisted there gets his part of money from those 5 extra €/$'s relative to his downloadcounter and votes. Nice idea isn't it?
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And this is only what we could do in our system there are more possibilities - going backward with SOPA/PIPA/ACTA kind of stuff is stupid.

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yumyalls
yumyalls Jan 18 2012, 3:38pm says:

oh yeah, let's not forget the death of mods if it passes. mods make existing games and expands them beyond their original potential and replay value. i don't have an up to date pc but i love modding in source games and older games such as quake and unreal tournament. publishers want to force overpriced map packs down our throats "which i don't even buy for my console games".

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☦BalkanB☢y☦
☦BalkanB☢y☦ Jan 18 2012, 3:44pm says:

This comment is in violation of H.R. 3261, SOPA and has been removed.

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Smoth
Smoth Jan 18 2012, 3:49pm says:

Take all the freedom?

TAKE ALL THE FREEDOM.

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Nathanius
Nathanius Jan 18 2012, 3:49pm says:

Does it matter if you're not from the US and you sign the petition?

*edit
Nope, can't do it, you need a zip code (post code?)

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spartan-G257
spartan-G257 Jan 18 2012, 3:52pm says:

I feel an uprising coming

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1US_Shermanator-87
1US_Shermanator-87 Jan 18 2012, 3:53pm says:

This is AMERICA not Nazi Germany or China! President Obama is against it and im sure(And hope to God) that he vetos it. God bless America and our freedoms! And Any God as its America!(Laugh) Lol.

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spartan-G257
spartan-G257 Jan 18 2012, 3:53pm says:

I feel an uprising coming

If this doesn't happen then there will be one more disaster averted if it does the worst thing that could happen is us going back into the dark ages

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Alex626
Alex626 Jan 18 2012, 3:56pm says:

Да пошли в пизду ёбаный америкозы со своими ПИПами и СОППами!!! Пиратство было, пиратство есть, и пиратство будет!!!

ДАЁШЬ СВОБОДУ В ИНТЕРНЕТАХ!!!!!!!

А если чего у них и получится, так русские сделают свой интернет, куда америкозы не попадут. Нашу свободу нельзя запретить!!!

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[Infernal_Eagle2077]
[Infernal_Eagle2077] Jan 19 2012, 1:35am replied:

Поддерживаю тебя пусть эти хуесосоы из ПИПЫ идут в СОПУ и не ебет ,даешь пиратсво и свободу !

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Gabriel25Gatens
Gabriel25Gatens Jan 18 2012, 4:10pm says:

GREAT BRITAIN ROCKS!

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cubis
cubis Jan 18 2012, 4:14pm says:

I'm glad ModDB's joined in against SOPA and PIPA. I'm sure that they would consider mods "a threat" because of the nature of mod content from copyrighted materials.

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Newbez
Newbez Jan 18 2012, 4:16pm says:

wikipedia blackout is annoying but needed

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BindNation
BindNation Jan 18 2012, 4:19pm says:

Fight the power.

+2 votes     reply to comment
LucianoGiacomozzi
LucianoGiacomozzi Jan 18 2012, 4:28pm says:

Obama said no thanks, but who knows, the beast could rear it's ugly head again at any time.

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Gandbon
Gandbon Jan 18 2012, 4:35pm says:

I Just signed. USA can not stop It's people from siging like me i'm young and from the usa so i just signed.

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crazyb2000
crazyb2000 Jan 18 2012, 4:37pm says:

This bill is essentially the US government shooting themselves in the foot. If the bill passes it will not go in favour for the US government nor the film and music industries. America right now is one of the most powerful countries in the world but if this bill passes it is very possible that, that title will go to countries without censored sites like Russia.

This bill passing means the end of the world as we know it. Even though this bill is meant to pass in the USA, people who say, "I don't care it doesn't concern me." are truly blind. Alot of sites get great internet traffic from America. If suddenly the US citizens can't go to a site because that site said something which in one way or another could possibly lead to piracy, that site will start to lose it's traffic and before you know it, it will die.

This means that many people who use the internet to make a living etc. will lose their lives due to hollywood thinking that they don't have enough money. (Which they do in the first place to support the ******* bill) So the whole thing about this bill being bennifical to the people is nothing but a lie.

I am from the UK and I strongly oppose this bill and will do anything in my power to help fight against it.

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