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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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Buddys Jan 20 2012 says:


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camycamera Jan 20 2012 replied:

son of a bitch..... they ****** up megaupload.....

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ZimSand141 Jan 20 2012 says:


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camycamera Jan 20 2012 says:

*sigh* sometimes, you just cant trust the government. they are idiots. all the want is money.

(quote from halo 2)
" tiresome....."
-prophet of truth

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LucianoStarKiller Jan 21 2012 replied:

many times i must say
as that doesnt only affects their country as it is

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cinco Jan 21 2012 says:

boo hoo. cry about it. nothing changed. they took down megaupload though, which is awesome.

but they had great speeds.

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Gamer_Goo321 Jan 21 2012 says:

Everyone Joy to The world Sopa Is Dead!

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danh30 Jan 21 2012 says:

Megaupload and Megavideo closed

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myxale Jan 21 2012 says:

Bill postponed not stopped.

Never stop fighting the implications.

Forever watchful!

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Hellaff Jan 21 2012 says:

Oh, thank god :D

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lom2 Jan 21 2012 says:

If they are going to do this, they might just as well nuke the world :/

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_w_ Jan 21 2012 says:

1. critisize Hitler for burning books during WW2 to keep the masses dumb.
2. take down megaupload
3. ?????
4. profit!!!

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cronos35 Jan 21 2012 says:

yeah stop online piracy by eliminating internet freedom. what are they gonna make the internet so boring no one will surf it anymore? they didn't even think of the consequences of those laws: people will surf the net less leading to lots of customers disconnecting from their ISPs bankrupting them in their business eventually. not to mention it will affect the gaming industry greatly.

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WeeGee9000 Jan 21 2012 says: +1 vote     reply to comment
_Josh26Indy_ Jan 21 2012 says:

I hope Internet Piracy continues... So I wont be signing any petition...

I mean if there were no torrent sites... I would have NO use for the internet...and it would NOT be worth paying for...

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SоrataZ Jan 22 2012 replied:

Fun fact: the general assumption is apparently that whenever something is "pirated" (which means copied, because pirates don't steal), then said person causes a loss by not buying the product for the maximum retail price. This however is flawed because no physical object is stolen, instead it's reproduced and shared. Other people who would have otherwise never heard of the product might then actually buy it. In other words, sharing increases sales.

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Machiawelli Jan 22 2012 says:

In Europe Union we have also ACTA, and I don't know what is wors...

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mediochrea Jan 22 2012 replied:

This! Unfortunately, ACTA is getting no publicity at all. This will most probably be the end of the free European internet. People must know about it!

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TheTriangulum Jan 22 2012 replied:

Actually, ACTA is a global bill. America have already signed it

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Metal-Payne Jan 22 2012 says:

You can't control what you did not create.

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TheTriangulum Jan 22 2012 says:

I am glad they took down megaupload. They deserve justice for the racketeering and the cash they claimed for it. If you don't accept the fact that they are criminals you need to read about the situation more. Once again the US cracks down on criminals. well done to them.

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_Josh26Indy_ Jan 22 2012 replied:

I don't accept the fact that they are least no more than the big company's who claim they have been wronged.

Big company's are all greedy and steal off of poor people.

This is a known fact, if you don't accept this fact, then go try to buy a house. You end up paying 3 times what the home is worth, This is 300% interest, the Bank says its 5% compounded blah blah blah. The truth is its loansharking without the leg-breakers. The US Government says its OK for banks to do these things, then to top it off they bail out the Banks instead of bailing out the American people. So I say its OK to steal back from big company's.

$80 "Cotton Balls" at the hospital.(just the cotton)
This is Theft!!!! $1.50 at CVS 1 block away and i get a whole bag not just 5.

$50 I-Zune Access (Microsoft endorsed site for Zune)
What i actually got from Microsoft for $50 was not a site to download stuff for my Zune but instead was instructions for how to use Lime-Wire...
So, This was also theft !!!

And i haven't mentioned insurance companies so I havent even scratched the surface.

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PSP-H4CKERxX Jan 22 2012 says:

I think sopa should only block really bad websites like the website with neo nazis cutting off a guys head

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_w_ Jan 22 2012 says:

Best way to describe SOPA ===> 卐OPA

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ulquiorra13 Jan 22 2012 replied:

LOL WOOOUD basically theyre taking away rights so tehy nazi mofos

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ulquiorra13 Jan 22 2012 says:

Im not sure if everyone knows but,sopa and pipa were dropped guys :D

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Trailhog250 Jan 23 2012 replied:

Really?... I thought Obama vetoed it and now congress has 1 month to review it.

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xonone Jan 23 2012 says:

Filesonic is also down as well as more file share sites. Sopa may be dead but the effects are still taking place it seems.

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salty88 Jan 24 2012 says:

Don't forget about the EU ACTA! Which is pretty much the same dung!
The internet should be free!

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Gamingroach Jan 25 2012 says:

Old men running the world, a new age!

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I_Love_Cat Jan 26 2012 says:

I really don't understand how people would draw parallels between this and socialism - for christ sake, the concept of the law is to give the power of censorship to the COMPANIES, to make the hunt for profit control the internet, that if anything would be the polar opposite of socialism!
Goddamn americans are still mentally in cold war-mode.

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Blood_Wraith Jan 27 2012 says:


Heavy: Ooh MY GOOOOOoOoOooO-T.

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Stealth-Killer Jan 29 2012 says:


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UN Jan 29 2012 says:

They alredy closed megaupload D:

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_w_ Jan 29 2012 says:

It's time you show europe some support to!
can you guys please put up an article about ACTA?
several governments (like sweden) already accepted it >.<;
please help!

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Eliteassault Jan 31 2012 says:

SOPA is not helping what so ever...It's going to cause Illegal PIRACY to go up by millions of people.....I say to LEAVE IT ALONE! DOWN WITH SOPA!

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Eliteassault Jan 31 2012 replied:

I don't really mean Down with SOPA because it's impossible to do that.They should just not ban everything with a copyright infringement.Maybe give a warning?

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HeartofShadows Jan 31 2012 says:

Forgot SOPA.
I would be worried about the ACTA(worse than SOPA) and is getting no media attention.

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Eliteassault Feb 1 2012 replied:

ACTA seems pretty bad so far..

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Niner Skirata
Niner Skirata Feb 2 2012 says:

I love that because they want law about internet but they don't even know how use it

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kuadziw Feb 3 2012 says:

My country just signed ACTA. Now we're getting sings to throw away our so-called prime minister and his crew.

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TheUnbeholden Feb 3 2012 says:

Now theres only OPEN and ACTA to worry about.
Though its also possible for PIPA and SOPA to come back from the dead.

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KrustiClawn Mar 17 2013 says:

So far, nothing happend, and I heard about this half a year ago. If not longer. So, yeah, nothing we need to pay attention to.

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