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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.

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RevanShan Jan 18 2012 says:


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AnusPanda Jan 18 2012 says:

Well I suggest we all start downloading the Internet now. By the time this comes in to effect we can just LAN all our computers together, in some sort of 'wide' configuration, and it will be as if nothing ever happened. Now I can't promise mind bending network speeds...

I'll start with Wikipedia.

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SpeedyClaude Mar 17 2012 replied:

I'll start with MegaUpload

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andybrantford Jan 18 2012 says:

Blacking out the site rather than a 10 second flash would carry more weight.As it is IMO by visiting your site did a whole 10 second or less flash window just below the header and nothing stopped me from ignoring it. FAIL

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DarkMajor21 Jan 18 2012 says:

The government has no business controlling our lives.

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KimJongLulz Jan 18 2012 buried:



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andybrantford Jan 18 2012 replied:

I'd say its more like you should rip your political system to shreds and start over.Its run by lobbyists and that is the problem besides being 3 times larger than needed.Whoever has the most cash to sway the elected should not be able to do that,but that is how the US runs

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KingPhazon Jan 18 2012 replied:

Agreed with andybrantford.

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KEEP_IT_UP! Jan 18 2012 replied:

dude - sorry if i have to tell you too: you have to rethink your view of the world... as andybrantford sayed... it's run by lobbyists - even worse, braindead, powermad old people. ron paul won't change anything... you have to create REAL democracy before you can pick people who maight "change" the system...

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feillyne Staff Subscriber
feillyne Jan 18 2012 replied:

Ron Paul would be assassinated within a year or two. John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, both of them, were shot. What do you think would happen to Ron Paul if he got elected and tried to change things?

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TOADRIDERMG42 Jan 18 2012 says:

**** SOAP

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Sph!nx Jan 18 2012 says:

Tried to sign the google petition but it did not accept my zip. Prolly due to me living in the NL.

Anyways, anyone who signed it got my support!

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feillyne Staff Subscriber
feillyne Jan 18 2012 replied:

You can sign it typing in any random or chosen US zipcode and then write in the Address field your country.

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masterchief4611 Jan 18 2012 says:

******* ********!!

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K05T4R Jan 18 2012 says:

In the end they're screwing themselves even more. They talk about copyright infringement but do they really think that INFRINGING on people's freedoms is going to make things better ?! They claim that their profits are hurt by piracy but they seem to find alot of money somewhere to try to grease politicians to sign bad policies into law, not to mention to file frivolous lawsuits.

They just need to do a better job on the media end to protect copyrights not try to punish everyone for the few.
Frankly, people that dont buy these products now, do they really think they will buy them after instituting something like this ?! People that do pay for them now, MIGHT decide not to even buy anything from them later because they infringed on their freedoms.

If they interfere w/ ppl's rights to design and share materials on YT, modDB, gtaforums and countless other social sites, they may as well shut the internet down because aside from some education and business transactions, people get their most enjoyment out of socializing and entertainment.

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xonone Jan 18 2012 says:

I signed today. Glad to see alot of people are supporting the anti-Sopa / anti-Pipa movement. Hopefully i dont have to move to EU :P

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OrangeNero Jan 18 2012 replied:

australia is the place to go, EU is just as screwed.

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█Black/Brunez█ Jan 18 2012 replied:

There is no place to run, since the basic domains are on USA territory.

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Fenris58 Jan 18 2012 says:

The one thing I don't like is that when it comes to America, everyone goes after the public not Congress. We are a society just like anyone elses. If you want to start blaming America. Blame our government, not the People.

Also i'm against these 2 bills.

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petemyster Jan 18 2012 says:

Commenting just to register my support! Don't live in the US but I really admire how a lot of the internet is coming together on this. Great to see moddb is doing its bit as well.

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Commander_M.Wittmann Jan 18 2012 says:

This is insane, i myself do not live in the US but it will be eventually passed onto other governments around the world..... they do not realise what will happen when this bill is in affect.

The Internet will be a changed place,it's like your mother watching you and telling you what you can and can't do.

Cmon people sign the petition and show your support on stopping these bills....and try changing these ******** minds.

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Commander_M.Wittmann Jan 18 2012 says:

Spread the word people get everyone to sigh it via Facebook, Twitter and etc.

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abrun4 Jan 18 2012 says:

YOU DUMB *** AMERICANS, your government is ultimately screwed don't bring the rest of the world down with you.

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Pandut Jan 18 2012 replied:

If you're going to berate US Citizens for the fault of our corrupted government, then you're part of the problem and not the solution...

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Darth_grave Jan 18 2012 says:

this must never come to pass!

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Erik313 Jan 18 2012 says:

God why does our government do this **** to us? Oh, yeah this will probably get removed because I guess I can't have free speech.

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방탄_수도사 Jan 18 2012 says:

lolz America is a Troll.

Obvious Troll, is obvious.

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LordIheanacho Jan 18 2012 says:

Damn you PIPA and SOPA!! If you succeed, the Internet will become a Nazi Holocaust! There will even be chaos on the streets. People will be yelling "Anarchy! Anarchy!!!" for all I know.

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Deuce_Savage Jan 18 2012 says:

At least we now know theres an minority communist element at work here in Washington - My Special Forces awaits to amend this problem from ever occuring again! HooRAH! heh heh

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Novfanaion Jan 18 2012 says:


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TrIcKsTerAxEl Jan 18 2012 says:

Pff those idiots try something like that and all the hackers in the world will own them like little puppies. Viva La Resistance

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LordIheanacho Jan 18 2012 replied:


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!!!karmenjell Jan 18 2012 says:

agree with fallen angel. piracy is the last things on the minds of the REAL people pushing these bills/laws

Well guys, aint it just wonderful for us to live in such 'free' countries
as england and U.S. ???

but it IS good to see that so many people are peeping around the faciade.

- and i think it is these people (the ones who seek truth) that bills like these are designed to target

So much for freedom KJ

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marvelousmatt95 Jan 18 2012 says: more porn?

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Deuce_Savage Jan 18 2012 says:

SOPA & PIPA is Latin for - Lets Poo Poo Pi Pi on da freedom of others!

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xXBerethorXx Jan 18 2012 says:

If they have their way, im leaving the USA

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KingPhazon Jan 18 2012 says:

The internet is over if this bill passes!!! This bill is going to hurt the economy very bad. Signed the petition.

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Ziggylata Jan 18 2012 says:

Electronic Arts supports SOPA and Protect IP because if it hits, they have less business competition,

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UnitedVictorist Jan 18 2012 says:


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UnitedVictorist Jan 18 2012 says:

Half of our Government may be based within SOPA/POPA boundaries for all I know, but what I really do know is actually that we could all be civilized citizens of our own terms and probably be able to stop this together. If you want to, you can blame SOPA/POPA or whatever but Hey, don't blame our government-- this isn't entirely our fault, right? You just can't blame all of us...and yes, i'm against them, and by them...I mean SOPA.

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GLaDOSV3.25 Jan 18 2012 says:


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SоrataZ Jan 19 2012 replied:

Nonsense, Obama already said that he and the government do NOT support this.

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parhana Jan 19 2012 replied:

yet another example of some idiot blabbering out worthless crap..... -.-

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Kastrenzo Jan 18 2012 says:

I have a bad feeling that this is still going to go through, because of some bureaucratic ******** in the American Government

Poooolliiiiiice Staaaaaate

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Demolition99 Jan 18 2012 says:

Im totaly against SOPA and PIPA, but you gotta wonder, what if they pass?
large scale riots? earths corruption? WWIII?

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TheMic609 Jan 18 2012 says:

America trying to control everything no surprise there...

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Oaks Jan 18 2012 says:

So much for Demo-cracy.Be so nice, sent me a link on downloadable full version with crack of that democracy before that CENSORED will start CENSORED all good CENSORED,and sites like CENSORED,CENSORED and CENSORED,because after it ends we can all go to CENSORED.Those CENSORED CENSORED thinks they can CENSORED with everyone here.I don't want to live in world where I, lets say, will click on download link of just released mod and it will say me CENSORED.Posting it before I myself shall get censored.

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DEAD_FiSH Jan 18 2012 says:

I`m so in a mood to do something bad! They are gonna destroy the internet, *ahem* destroy us all!

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WerewolfGeneral Jan 18 2012 says:

Well i doubt that they will approve this, it would be a suicide of their careers, almost no one would vote on them in the next elections.
Anyway, i just can't believe someone would be that stupid to support something like this, unfortunately, there are some people who would(poor idiot/misinformed peoples).

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Nuvendil Jan 19 2012 replied:

There are two types of politicians and people that support this: the corrupt and the naive, but well meaning. It is hard to say who is in the majority, as the corrupt often use the naive-but-well-meaning group to get their way. Starry eyed romantics or idealists that jump at anything that some one says is an "injustice" or "a violation of rights". And it is important for us, as the internet community, to recognize that the bills stated goal is sound and just. Life. Liberty. Property. These are essential elements of free society: the fact that I can live my life, the fact that I can live that life how I see fit, and the fact that I am the owner and responsible party for my personal pocesions. Piracy IS a voilation of the human right of property, just as this bill is a significant threat to the right of free speech. It is important to oppose this on principle, to oppose it not because its purpose is bad or because we want to keep our pirated things, but because we recognize that the power it gives the government to right one wrong poses a significant threat to another of the three essential human rights. If we shield one right and violate another for our own benefit, then we are no better than the government, who are doing the same thing with this bill. If we do that, we only give them more ammunition for their campaign, as it will only prove that there really IS something wrong with the internet community. But if we oppose this bill on principle, and stand on that principle, then they can say nothing against us. That is what I do. I don't oppose it cause I support Pirate Bay or other illegal sites or internet crimes. I oppose it on the principle that the government can not be given this power; it is too much.

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