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No sane person can be for SOPA. I don't know if we're sane, but we are strongly, uncompromisingly against SOPA, and any similar laws. Sacrificing freedom of speech for the benefit of corporate profit is abominable and disgusting. — Notch

Posted by Kizzycocoa on Jan 17th, 2012

Notch wrote:No sane person can be for SOPA. I don't know if we're sane, but we are strongly, uncompromisingly against SOPA, and any similar laws. Sacrificing freedom of speech for the benefit of corporate profit is abominable and disgusting.

Tomorrow, January 18, we will close down www.minecraft.net, www.mojang.com and www.playcobalt.com in a protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Read more about the protest on reddit’s blog, Wikimedia Foundation, WordPress’ blog and Destructoid.

(Minecraft and Cobalt login servers will still be available.)

(Development blog link)

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domis4
domis4 Jan 17 2012, 5:34am says:

honorfull!

Notch still rocks!
Im absolutely with you.

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Juffe
Juffe Jan 17 2012, 7:03am says:

Nice too see studios like Bungie, Mojang and etc to fight against this ridiculous bill.

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Stuntcrab
Stuntcrab Jan 17 2012, 7:17am says:

Guys I'm pretty sure its over look Blisteredthumbs.net

I've also been hearing on the escapists and other places

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Kizzycocoa Author
Kizzycocoa Jan 17 2012, 7:40am replied:

wrong. it is shelved, not over.

not only that, but this is also about PIPA. that is just as harmful as SOPA.

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Stuntcrab
Stuntcrab Jan 17 2012, 5:05pm replied:

Well.. damn...

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ReV_VAdAUL
ReV_VAdAUL Jan 17 2012, 7:55am says:

All credit to Mojang for making a stand on such an important issue. Thank you!

And SOPA is just "on hold" which means they can bring it back at any time and the Senate is moving forward with PIPA. Those who want to censor the internet are pretending it is over to see if they can trick people into not watching and not taking a stand against them.

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tt0022
tt0022 Jan 17 2012, 9:28am says:

america is going from mony crisis to freedome crisis

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SalesKital
SalesKital Jan 17 2012, 10:22am replied:

as evidenced by Mojang protesting this bill, it is not just america that would be affected. This bill will affect the entire internet, and thus, the world.

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neronix17
neronix17 Jan 17 2012, 8:35pm replied:

Funny how most Americans I see online seem to think things only affect them...

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Blue_Dust
Blue_Dust Jan 17 2012, 9:34am says:

Honestly this is something common in many forms.In europe (where i live) we have issues with the Britian forbiding our traditions and in other countries too such as,no bullfighting,no winter pig killing for eating (my personal country's tradition where you grow a pig old and afterwords killing it in it's last 1/2 years of life which isn't that much slaughtering considering we actually TAKE CARE of the pig through almost all of it's life).SOPA's general ideas are to try and turn the internet into a place for marketing only,some companies are being sneaky and supporting SOPA so they can be the ONLY ones which is pretty shamefull.I for one would go on an insane torrent frenzy if this bill somehow gets close to winning,no one shall destroy my favourite websites and such!

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neronix17
neronix17 Jan 17 2012, 8:42pm replied:

Trying to use your traditions and beliefs in another country not taking into consideration of that countries traditions and beliefs and laws is pretty much being selfish and arrogant, you complain about not being able to do something because of your background but if we came to your country and had a tradition against your laws you would complain too. Using the pig thing is a bad example, if anything it makes it worse that you took care of it first, like a witch fattening a child up with cakes before eating it :P

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mathinator
mathinator Jan 17 2012, 10:02am says:

REVOLT! go notch!!! =D

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Yard1
Yard1 Jan 17 2012, 10:38am says:

Down with SOPA and PIPA!

(BTW. In polish "pipa" means pussy :D)

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Lazypro
Lazypro Jan 17 2012, 11:48am says:

Everybody should have the freedom of speech, a bill that takes away that right makes me sick. Good job for revolting against these sick minded people who want nothing but their own personal gain. I do live in Canada, but this damn bill affects us too!

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Dr.Goupyl
Dr.Goupyl Jan 17 2012, 12:11pm says:

Good choice.
Keep the combat guys !

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Leader123
Leader123 Jan 17 2012, 12:39pm says:

wait.. how does closing down websites protests against SOPA?

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neronix17
neronix17 Jan 17 2012, 8:46pm replied:

it is more to raise awareness and get more people protesting than actually protesting.

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker Jan 17 2012, 1:45pm says:

I will be fine with SOPA once they decide to crack down on the KKK, WBC and other hate groups. If you are going to do that to websites why not to things that can actually hurt people.

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Smoth
Smoth Jan 17 2012, 2:08pm replied:

Just because you don't like what someone has to say doesn't mean you can criminalize them. WBC and KKK exist because we allow them to speak what they feel. You should take special care in any endorsement of the idea that the thought police are justified.

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Uraikus
Uraikus Jan 17 2012, 2:37pm says:

This bill isn't being passed to reduce the freedom of speech, while it may conflict with that somewhat, It is meant to stop illegal activity. While you guys may not like this, I've had too many people I know go to jail for years because they don't have self control/moral ability to stay away from doing illegal things on the internet. People also get sent to jail, that lowers there ability of free speech, but that's not why they get sent there. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." This isn't the government trying to tick people off, there are reasons behind every action. Try looking at both sides before you rip off on this.

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Blue_Dust
Blue_Dust Jan 17 2012, 5:23pm replied:

Here's how i aproove everything,a human decides by itself.It doesn't always see the consequences of it's actions but it does what it wants to do and that's what we all do.The people from SOPA wan't to stop illegal activity whilist being WAAAY to harsh and are ready to shut down any website with pirated content,the tiniest of link may cause the doom of any place,including google,moddb,youtube,facebook,steam,you name it and SOPA does it.This isn't just about freedom of speach but about the fact that SOPA is going WAY too far with this and are ready to destroy the internet,those who support them only want to take advantage and become the only company thus taking over the market.It's mostly money,yet again a choice by man to prefer money over justice.

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CaptainKickass
CaptainKickass Jan 17 2012, 10:17pm replied:

We do look at both sides. While piracy is a serious issue, a law to ban the internetis no an effective solution. With this law, any website with any questionably copyrighted material, will be shut down. Youtube? Gone. Heck, Facebook could be gone. Any form of network where people share things would be gone. All in the name of saving the film industry, which they claim is being KILLED by piracy, while every study is clearly showing that the film industry is making over 10 times more profit than it was 10 years ago. Hardly 'killing' the industry. It is instead a desperate cash-grab by the film corporations, which gives america the power to close any website they want, even before any form of investigation is conducted. You simply have to be ACCUSED of having some copyrighted content, and your website is immediately shut down, so that a few months later they can begin n investigation to see if it should have been shut down or not, and whether they should be taking you to court or not. Lovely bunch, these filmmakers.

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TrashCan-Man23
TrashCan-Man23 Jan 17 2012, 2:51pm says:

Fantastic. Hope ModDB does something similar, as well.
Land of the free, my ***.
Need to get a bunch of these geezers out of Congress and House of Reps and actually get some people in there who are not out of date with the times, and refuse to be paid off by corporate scum.

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Jaketake
Jaketake Jan 17 2012, 3:17pm says:

Term limits for congress! The president has term limits, why not them? Business wouldn't be able to invest in buying congressmen, it would cost too much. As for the Internet bill, I haven't read it myself so I don't know what to say about it. I will say that if it gives the government more control over the Internet then it needs to go to the floor and voted down instead of shelving it till the bill can be passed in the dead of night.

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-=Zombine3D=-
-=Zombine3D=- Jan 17 2012, 3:39pm says:

f*u*c*k the nwo

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Reymart
Reymart Jan 17 2012, 5:19pm says:

I am with Notch all the way! :D

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KingPhazon
KingPhazon Jan 17 2012, 9:52pm says:

This bill is ridiculous, is April fools early?

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Spe¢ter
Spe¢ter Jan 18 2012, 1:23pm says:

-comment removed by sopa-

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TheNodCommander
TheNodCommander Jan 19 2012, 3:53am says:

Vote against SOPA/PIPA: Static.googleusercontent.com

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