Break Out the Encyclopedia Britannica: Wikipedia May Go Dark to Protest SOPA

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CanoeHead

Yes, I would support it.

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fallout330

Thanks for the info Win7fanboi, will definetly sign.  Just like Khoiboi said, "The free flow of information is the pinnacle of knowledge and intelligence".  It is quite unnerving to even see the idea being brought up for a vote.

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win7fanboi

What Can You Do? (from dyn.com)

If you’re based in the U.S. and against this act, we urge that you e-sign this petition to ‘Stop The E-Parasite Act’. The initial goal was to get 25,000 signatures by the end of November and as I write this, there are more than 40,000. Clearly, this is a movement that is gaining momentum.

For our international friends, there is a petition here that has got a tremendous following.

EFF has another avenue to have yourself heard : https://eff.org/r.C8A

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Biceps

I agree that Google, Yahoo, Bing and all the other major service providers should follow Wikipedia in any type of boycott/shutdown to make a REAL point.  The only thing people pay any attention to nowadays is inconvenience. I would reward any company that did this with my patronage in the future, and I have already decided that I will not be patronizing any company that:

(1) is a member of the chamber of commerce

(2) supports this bill

There are no good pro-consumer reasons for SOPA, it is another example of our blind political leaders listening to the people who fill their pockets with legal anonymous campaign contributions *bribes*.

If you are a member of the Chamber of Commerce, quit, and tell them it is because of SOPA.  If you patronize any company that is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, stop patronizing them and tell them why, and encourage them to quit the Chamber of Commerce.

And, just to pre-empt...for all you Fox News watchers out there... the Chamber of Commerce is NOT a gov't organization, it is a lobbying group and Fox News is a member and hates you for reading this.

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warptek2010

I agree with you in principle but the Fox bews thing is a false lemming. You mentioned campaign contributions and THAT is the main component behind this legislation. I'm NOT gonna stand here and say Republicans don't get campaign contributions from the entertainment industry in support of this, cause they do... but the majority of these contributions favor Democrats and help fill their coffers far more. They've been in bed with far more special interests like the entertainment industry (who support Democrats 9 to 1) not to mention the environmentalists, unions etc...

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h e x e n

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If this garbage passes, it will be the most crystalline evidence that our elected leaders favor big business and private interests over the people they supposedly represent. I've already written a letter and three emails. The collective public opinion on this bill is almost universally negative. It's something like 95%.

So, if SOPA passes, you'll pretty much have sure fire proof that our elected leaders and representatives ARE NOT acting in the best interest of the people. I mean, it's all a sham anyway, but now we'll have proof. Not like we need it. :|

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Neel Chauhan

These big media companies like DI$₦€¥ want to control our internet, and see everything we do. They want to violate our basic human rights just to make more money.

Soon, I'll want to make the next big open-source project and guess what, if the SOPA passes I'll need to ask DI$₦€¥ and 5 other companies just to make a website and upload the source code of my killer app to SourceForge.

I hope the SOPA does not pass. If it passes, I would really kill Hollywood by releasing photoshopped pictures of movie stars to make fun of them on my website.

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kris79

This is beginning to sound like the movie Matrix. Government man - play while you can. Neo is coming, and end your short span...

Good to see many of you rebels on this side of freedom...

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Phantom-e

I am so sick of the federal government imposing more regulation under the guise of "we know what's best for you" mentality.  I am all for protecting the entertaiment industry's intellectual rights, but unless there are sights that are selling bootleg copies of movies, I don't think the videos at you tube raise to infringement levels, since the quality is sub-par, and the video segments are short.  Wikipedia goes to great lengths to make sure they're not stepping on anyone's copyrights, so i don't see why they should be targeted, as well as Google, etc.  Government needs to BACK THE HELL OFF!  And when I say government, I'm talking about the individuals that think they are doing the people's will.  All these regulations that are in place or will be in place are simply more small chips at our liberty and freedom.  There are already laws in place to combat piracy and copyright infringement.  The net needs to remain free from regulatory infringement. GO BLACK WIKIPEDIA! May other ones follow!

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Bobking11

Why stop at Wikipedia? Google should do a blackout too, SOPA will be over by tea time.

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win7fanboi

that would be suicide unless bing/hotmail, yahoo search/mail takes the same stand.

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Marthian

google? down? It would cause a heck of a riot... Not saying the idea sucks, but it sure would be an eye opener.

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Datrappert

I would absolutely support a blackout by Wikipedia. And if we could get Google to join in, that might actually send the proper message. And how about the NY Times and Washington Post also? And Bing. The list goes on....

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Khoiboi

Total side note.... who the heck uses bing o.o?

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Khoiboi

Total side note.... who the heck uses bing o.o?

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Budman_NC

Wasn't it Joni Mitchell who said, "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got 'til its gone, SOPA paved paradise, put up a parking lot!" ?? Yup, I checked, "Big Yellow Taxi"  <j/k>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joni_mitchell

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kris79

Bad Boys! You guys know a lot more about this than I do. Nevertheless, I am very much against the SOPA proposal as it stands now and I have contacted all my congressmen to let them know. If SOPA passes for the financial betterment of the few media moguls who control our governmental and judicial systems, I hope that some computer gurus will rise up and educate the rest of us with how we can resist. I believe that all good Americans will also do the right thing. I will cetainly do what I can to help. Take heart...

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Eoraptor

Sadly, I aleready did that. And over a week later, I have yet to recieve even a chain email from any of theier staffers, let alone actual correspondence or consideration on the issueI got more than that six years ago when i contacted them about internet sales taxes.

I guess I'm not paying my lobbyists enough.

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avenger48

My Rep is, as I have just discovered, a co-sponsor of the bill.  I plan to write him DAILY until he realizes what he is doing.

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bocephus88

I got responses from my rep and one of my Senators, still waiting on the other Senator.  Both responses, one from a Republican and one from a Democrat were nearly identical.  Both sang the praises of how well SOPA will fix everything and they would put my thoughts into "consideration."  Well guess who I am not campaigning for again and not voting for...

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AntonioGarrison

Lets just get rid of democracy and go straight into communism, we're heading straight into the Great Firewall of China territory.

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Gezzer

I would. Would it result in anything? Hard to say.

Big Media is playing a dangerous game. If nobody want's to play their game, they want the ablity to take the ball and go home. Problem is when that happens everyone else just comes up with a new game that doesn't need a ball or them either.

Long term effect of SOPA could be a much reduced American presence on the internet. Block sites at the DNS level? People will just use IP addresses instead. Have American based search engines block sites? Then non American search providers will crop up to supply the uncensored results. Same goes for payment providers and advertising services.The results will be the same as they were when trying to stop on-line gambling.

When will all these twits get a clue. The internet's based on ARPANET which one of it's major goals was the uninterruptible flow of information. Take out parts of it, and the data goes around it. H@ll as a lot of oppressive goverments are finding you can't even block it completely. It's a extremely robust system. So no matter what a bill tries to do, users will be able to side step it. In this case Americans will be the losers in the long run with Big media not really gaining much for all it's efforts.

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Eoraptor

There's already a growing selection of "dark web" and alternative DNS providers because of the existence of such censorship in other parts of the world. If the so-called content creators think that copyright protection is bad now (hint, it's not, they just want iron fisted control) I wonder what they think will happen when the entire internet starts going underground and completely out of the hands of any agency anywhere?

Right now the system works fairly well, a few reputable backbone providers serve the entire internet (or 80% thereof) DNS and we trust them to do so. Now, imagine an internet splintered by hundreds of small DNS and even pirate servers, where you'd never be able to find the same website from one day to the next as individual dark web operators went up and down and different name servers chose what to host and what not to host in the way of addresses. It truly would be the death of the internet, and its what is likely to happen within five years if this crap comes to pass.

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Gezzer

Didn't really see that scenario.

I was kind of hoping that most countries (like mine, Canada) would have enough sense to not destroy the internet. But then again how many people with the reins of power really understand the long term consequences of their actions. Not many I'm afraid. The real problem is that one way or another these lobby groups will get their way. If it isn't this bill it'll be another with a different name and wording.

Why do idiots always want to ruin things because it's not exactly the way they think it should be? <sigh>

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avenger48

Yeah, I could live without it for a month if it reverses SOPA.  If Google joined in, it would send an even stronger message.

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Eoraptor

The problem is, there are still far too many sheeple out there who believe every word their elected officials feed them. If google went dark, then the politicians would pop up and say "look, these evil fear mongers are trying to influence your law and hold the internet ransom!" and way too many people would beleive that, rather than the reality which is exactly the opposite.

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Marthian

there is a simple solution to that: simply state the reason why. It doesn't have to be a total shutdown because odds are I bet Wikipedia will just be down, but still have a anti-SOPA thing up sans browsing wikipedia.

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avenger48

Exactly.  Google could simply replace the normal homepage with text that states

"We have decided to suspend our operation pending repeal of HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act.  This bill places what we believe to be undue restirctions on the users of the internet as a whole.  

You can find the details at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.3261:.

Thank you for your understanding,

Google"

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Eoraptor

You're damned skippy I would. While sites like tumblr have gotten the basic idea that SOPA = BAD LAW out there, there's still a large portion of the internet who haven't gotten the idea yet, and indeed, who are almost wholly unaware aside form a little "stop SOPA" bug in one corner of a website. But for a site like Wikipedia to suddenly go dark and flash a giant spoofe of an FBI warning would hit home with a much larger demographic, because, lets face it, wiki and wikipedia are almost as much a verb as Google is. These are the eevices that pretty much killed the print encyclopedia, and the idea that they would suddenly just be GONE under such censorship regimes will resonate.

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Khoiboi

Excuse my language, but hell yes I would support it. The free flow of information is the pinnacle of knowledge and intelligence. To allow SOPA to pass would be to diminish both our rights as people and as intellectuals. To me, this is only a question of whether it's better for everyone to have access to free knowledge or for a few companies to be able to make more money. Our education system is abysmal enough, don't let them censor the 'net.

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