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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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The-Kommandant
The-Kommandant Jan 18 2012, 9:02pm says:

Comment removed by SOPA.

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DEAD_FiSH
DEAD_FiSH Jan 19 2012, 1:04am replied:

I was thinking more about something like:
"Comment containing a phrase LOL has been removed by SOPA, emotion owned by Disney"

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP! Jan 19 2012, 7:26am replied:

i loled, but it's creepy true somehow. :o

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WerewolfGeneral
WerewolfGeneral Jan 18 2012, 9:21pm 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
Nuvendil Jan 19 2012, 12:32am 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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hagamablabla
hagamablabla Jan 18 2012, 9:44pm says:

I don't know what you are all so worried about. I love national socialism!

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ComradeWinston
ComradeWinston Jan 18 2012, 10:22pm says:

"I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war upon liberty."
- H. L. Mencken

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SkuDG
SkuDG Jan 18 2012, 10:30pm says:

This sucks, this really effects me as an artist and gamer!

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jasonthiefguy
jasonthiefguy Jan 18 2012, 10:37pm says:

SOPA SUCKS ALSO PIPA stupid government

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agent00kevin
agent00kevin Jan 18 2012, 10:39pm says:

This has to be stopped; it is just another government ploy to control its people.

The USA has been slowly taking away the power of the people over the last few decades. The latest assaults are on unions and the internet, two of our most powerful assets in todays world.

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MrPerson
MrPerson Jan 18 2012, 10:39pm says:

Maybe this is what Gman from half life 2 meant when he said "Prepare for unforseen consequenses" Sign that petition! I like the internet the way it is.

Except for sites like the piratebay and places where games are downloaded illigaly, but if they block those, they have the power to block anything they want. So its better left alone than kill the internet.

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scottellison92
scottellison92 Jan 18 2012, 11:09pm says:

they will get power hungry, its another so called freedom that will be taken away from us.

Prisoners we be in our own homes :/

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formerlyknownasMrCP
formerlyknownasMrCP Jan 18 2012, 11:37pm says:

Let us censor all review sites so that they only talk about how good things are, that way they might as well be advertisements.. Oh wait.. its already like that now..

Surprise surprise that the owners of IGN (Newscorp) and Gamespot (CBS) support SOPA. Meanwhile indie sites that actually show alternative opinion towards consumer products get shunned. At this rate, all that the internet will be good for under SOPA is advertisement and marketing.. Meanwhile freedom of speech and freedom of opinion are abandoned.

If it wasn't for the fact that the internet was so free, most of those that support SOPA wouldn't be in the ******* positions that they're in. And yet all they want is for us to shut up, pay the admission price and enjoy it.. No thanks. I'm sick of that attitude, If you're not happy about a product, tell people, its your ******* right!

Indies will suffer the most out of everyone in this. Its not fair on us, we'll have to fight twice as hard to get noticed by people.

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Majestic_MSFC
Majestic_MSFC Jan 19 2012, 12:08am says:

Just another way for government to try and control us, at the core that is what this is all about. To me it's just another example of politicians being too short-sighted. They don't look at all the sides or even the consequences of what they are proposing.

I just think our politicians in all countries not just the US really need to start doing the job they are employed to do, look at all the facts, sides of an argument and see the whole picture and not be so narrow minded and above all else stop trying to put in bills and laws that trample of our rights of freedom.

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Herr_Alien
Herr_Alien Jan 19 2012, 12:27am says:

"Numbers Cited By SOPA Supporters May Be Fictitious"

Cato-at-liberty.org

Apparently, SOPA might have wrong numbers at its foundation ...

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil Jan 19 2012, 12:39am replied:

That is a little bit ammusing. How in the world did they get away with loop-holing their way into using the concept of "counterfeiting" for piracy means it is part of the counterfeiting market? That is pathetic, simply pathetic.

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jjawinte
jjawinte Jan 19 2012, 1:07am says:

" U.S. santioned Socialism...hell yeah man, sign me up ! " There's always room for one more dry G-Man **** in the *** of my so called constitutional freedoms and liberties. What a ******' joke...that no one's laughing at...again.

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renegadekiller
renegadekiller Jan 19 2012, 1:55am says:

Long story short, they won't even work, the pirates can easlily change addresses/IPs and continue onward like nothing happened

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RonanZer0
RonanZer0 Jan 19 2012, 1:58am says:

SOPA and PIPA

made by a true DEVIL to everyone T.T
so they say i can go to jail just bcuz of SOUND?
wow thats sad the government is wat shuold go to jail not us

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_Josh26Indy_
_Josh26Indy_ Jan 19 2012, 2:11am says:

"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."

First off I do not believe this is a Noble Goal... Moreover i do Not Agree with Copywright Laws.... I understand the need for it to a point...

However I Do NOT agree that if I watch GhostBusters from 1982 that they deserve ANY Royalties... They made their Money on that Product...

The same is true with Programing...

Many Companies require to upgrade your license every year (with cost) & offer no practical changes... & shut down the program after a year if you do not upgrade your license...

This is unacceptable...

NO company should continue to make money on an old outdated product... Putting it in the license agreement also doesn't make it fair, No more than clicking the agree button means you really agree...

If company's weren't so greedy you wouldn't have as many people who are ready to rob them blind...

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DarkSajuuk
DarkSajuuk Jan 19 2012, 2:31am says:

Hell no do not censor the Web!

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newbie2356
newbie2356 Jan 19 2012, 4:48am says:

well, I'm against SOPA and PIPA... it's the start of something much worse. I can realistically imagine a world like Mirrors Edge, or something much more bloody, for a lot longer.

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arnandes
arnandes Jan 19 2012, 4:57am says:

Ребят , я угораю над вами , не пойти ли лучше погулять , не :D ?

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Rogal_Dorn
Rogal_Dorn Jan 19 2012, 4:57am says:

Big Brother is shown in all its glory...I am opposed to thise programs because they violate our rights. Unless we will defend our rights to freedom in site selection, decision to buy commercial producs (for which the price often too high in relation to the quality of it) or not and freedom on the Internet, in principe, they will try to ban what we think and say agains them and their political course first, and then...hi 1984.
With these actions, they showed that they do not serve the people, as it should in a democracy, and serve for the sake of greed, corporations, big money and interests narrow circle of people. And showed that the democracy it is cover for imperialist views and a good excuse for all sorts of actions that(such as the war in Iraq etc.) Democracy is an utopia, how sad it would not be...
In short, if we do not defend their rights to freedom of choice now, will not do it ever again.

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arnandes
arnandes Jan 19 2012, 5:02am says:

Не будьте предурками , лучше революцию устройте.

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Protektor
Protektor Jan 19 2012, 5:04am says:

Welcome to the Internet version of the Patriot Act, which isn't patriotic.

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DivineDeedStudios
DivineDeedStudios Jan 19 2012, 5:07am says:

This way of doing things actually ruins the public image of an issue that is in fact a good thing to combat. Piracy is a scourge and it should be fought, that is what should be being done.

However, the reality is that this whole SOPA/PIPA thing is stepping in the wrong direction, it's just like the DRM in the way it punishes many MORE of those who have done nothing wrong and penalises the majority who have, generally, nothing whatsoever to do with the original problem. It creates a bad image for a good cause, by saying that, I mean the core issue of protecting copyrights and fighting piracy.

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SоrataZ
SоrataZ Jan 19 2012, 6:17am replied:

While doing absolutely NOTHING to prevent actual piracy at that.

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☢Guibest☢
☢Guibest☢ Jan 19 2012, 5:13am says:

DON'T TAKE OUR INTERNET AWAY!

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n5p29
n5p29 Jan 19 2012, 5:42am says:

dem greedy bastards

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TalonFive
TalonFive Jan 19 2012, 6:06am says:

"We live in special times when young and old are educated in the lie and one that dares to tell the truth, is called a madman or a fool."

I think it's our turn to say NO to this BS and stop those so called "god-blessed-moral-polticians" and send them to HELL !!!

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Kusraina
Kusraina Jan 19 2012, 7:06am says:

why must be censored ?! this is not porn site! "just my opinion"

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Jodino
Jodino Jan 19 2012, 7:31am says:

sopa means garbage in swedish xD

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Lizard_Xing
Lizard_Xing Jan 19 2012, 7:31am says:

oh how i wonder within the backyard of my vinyard, with earl grey and poetry, what life was like before i claimed several wenches virginity and i do dream of what life was like as a virgin.

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parhana
parhana Jan 19 2012, 7:40am says:

Did anyone else not read the arictle about Lamar Smith ?

i lold so hard Smith is a hypocrite and a ****!

+2 votes     reply to comment
SpeedyClaude
SpeedyClaude Jan 19 2012, 7:53am says:

<<Censored comment>>
you are not allowed to read the comment above
because it is using copyrighted content.

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cinco
cinco Jan 19 2012, 9:16am says:

*plays world's tiniest violin*

if this passes, which it won't, it won't change a single thing about my internet habits.

it restricts copyright material? who cares. youtube does that already. you can't share copyrighted files? oh yes i can, it's called mediafire.

logic:1
alarmist stupidity:0

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Blur.
Blur. Jan 19 2012, 10:16am says:

I think what everyone's said can be summed up to: **** off SOPA & PIPA.

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arnandes
arnandes Jan 19 2012, 11:32am says:

Интересно , если они всё-таки ведут пипу (ЛооооооооооооооЛ) и сопу (Ага чай блеать ) , лично я бы поржал над вашей свободой , такое ощущение , как-будто стадо баранов неможет убедить правительство (Ну с Россией ситуация ясна) , вы вообще какой народ ? Рабы или свободные люди ? Нет ничего проще чем бросить кирпич в местную мерию с прилегающей запиской . Вы о власти народа слышали ?

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[Infernal_Eagle2077]
[Infernal_Eagle2077] Jan 19 2012, 12:54pm replied:

Translate for those who do not speak Russian:I wonder if they still lead Pipa (LooooooooooooooL) and SOPA (Yeah bleat tea), I personally would neighing of your freedom, a feeling as if a flock of sheep to convince the government feels bad (Well, with Russia the situation is clear), you do what people? Slaves or free men? There is nothing easier than to throw a brick at a local meriyu with attached memorandum. You are about power of the people heard?

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arnandes
arnandes Jan 19 2012, 1:32pm replied:

Промтом вбивал ?

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AydinDubstep
AydinDubstep Jan 19 2012, 11:43am says:

putain!

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WaLTaRRoN
WaLTaRRoN Jan 19 2012, 11:45am says:

This is ********... Why do some "bill" of U.S. effects the whole world? The Internet belongs to people of the earth, not to a certain nation. What they trying to do is something like this; "Zombie apocalypse begins and only people from "x" nation will survive..." Well... They don't know that 'Ideas cannot be chained'

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Stylz010
Stylz010 Jan 19 2012, 11:46am says:

I have a friend who used to tell me some bs about The New World Order and how the government tries to control everything and such. I was laughing at him. However slowly but surely im starting to wonder. CNN, Fox News and all those news channels are all lies. The government cant control what is said on the internet. If they get to control the internet then we would have nothing to say anymore. And if it happens here then the rest of the world will follow.

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TheTriangulum
TheTriangulum Jan 19 2012, 11:47am says:

I am sure moddb has been running slower ever since this article came up

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lol3r_86
lol3r_86 Jan 19 2012, 12:02pm says:

I just wanted to say that PIPA in my native language literally means pussy (in its anatomical meaning)i hope its enough for a comment for such idiotic law braking idea they i tying to push on us.

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GJK21
GJK21 Jan 19 2012, 12:52pm says:

Fudge The US Hope Their Dept will Bury their Govt. Alive !!

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Tankinator
Tankinator Jan 19 2012, 2:26pm says:

If I refer to some information found on french websites, this law can also affect website witch are not American because most of them are still hosted on american server...
As it come from medias, it is probably real...

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LemonTart
LemonTart Jan 19 2012, 3:59pm says:

The Government is trying to control and censor the internet because its the only place to get real info other than being a primary source.
The news wont tell you things in depth/ In a way you understand
The news (especially fox) has a way of steering you to "their" side when it comes to reporting issues
The news doesnt show everything
The paper: all of the above
The Tv shows you mostly major networks (all of the above)
They can even listen in on your conversations...

Ok so this is the point where we stand up for our constitutional right to overthrow the government and create a new one, or make it better. sounds harsh but its true.

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fudrucker5
fudrucker5 Jan 19 2012, 4:26pm says:

what if major websites temporarily shut down their site without giving out information to any of the users that they are shutting down just to show the government what citizens reactions would be like if the bill was passed. the government would then realize that there are major imperfections in the bill and they should make big changes or not pass it at all.

this idea just crossed my mind

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