SOPA Protests: Results And Aftermath

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h e x e n

Keep up the fight guys! I've sent multiple emails, called yesterday and signed numerous petitions. Make your public representatives remember that they represent YOU, the PEOPLE, not private interests and media trolls.

Bug the living piss out of them!!!!

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Zoandar

MegaUpload just got shut down this morning with some indictment accusing them of hosting pirated files. So it seems the folks behind these bills aren't waiting for their passage to act. This puts legitimate FSX scenery producer Blue Sky in a hurt. He says he doesn't know where else to distribute his product now for fear any other file share site may face the same fate, and it would take weeks for him to upload his files to another server no matter who he chose to try. I can see some legitimate vendors getting essentially put out of business because of these proceedings. But I'm sure the MPAA is drooling already.

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Biceps

Drooling is probably an understatement. I bet there are a bunch of executives with their hands in their pants over this one. I think copywrite infringement is wrong, but the collateral damage that can result from these kinds of shut-downs is not negligible and is obviously not considered.

I really don't know much about Megauploads, so can't comment intelligently on whether the shutdown was 'valid'.

I wonder if it would be possible for content holders of valid content to sue the Federal gov't for destruction of property due to the shutdown? Considering that we made payouts to Iraqis when their family members became 'collateral damage' (euphemisms are more evil than the actions they disguise) might there be a case?

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avenger48

The Republicans seem to be more willing to switch sides. For anyone who has a Republican senator who's in favor, call them or write and ask why they're supporting a bill which is also supported by Notable Democrats Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Al Franken, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, and Patrick Leahy, and is opposed by notable Republicans Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Scott Brown.

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someuid

Fightforthefuture.org has pissed me off to no end. They keep spamming my personal email address even after I told them to stop. I have other email accounts for that stuff. How they found my address I do not know.

That site can go take a long walk off a short pier.

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win7fanboi

BTW this happened without SOPA : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16642369

In case you needed help imagining a post-SOPA world.

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timmyw

Maybe I'm just cynical, but if you read the statements of most of the politicians that changed their stance, they used like "now is not the time" or "needs a little work," none of them said "Not only no but HELL NO! I ain't gonna be Hollywood's bitch."

These bills aren't gonna die, they will just have some lipstick slapped on, be renamed, and some politician will gladly take large corporate money to re-introduce them.

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Danno25002

You have to keep in mind, when it comes to signing bills, congressmen/women are no better than your average citizen at the polls. They just sign without reading because their constituents/party of choice, are backing it. What we've done here is made it popular enough for them to actually READ the effing bill before signing and give some thought to the repercussions. How many Representatives/Senators do you think "just signed" the Patriot Act without actually reading it and regretted it later? This practice happens ALL OF THE TIME in congress.

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Biceps

I would call you cynical if you weren't so right.

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reflex99

That is exactly what we wanted them to say. I personally don't care if they want to stop piracy, that is a good an beneficial goal. However, the proposed legislation, is NOT The way to do it, which is why myself, and millions of others are protesting these two acts. I'd be perfectly fine with legislation that stops online piracy, as long as it doesn't completely SCREW OVER the internet like the SOPA/PIPA would.

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timmyw

Do you honestly think politicians will address the underlying concerns with SOPA/PIPA?

Big media corporations will write it and the politicians will try to pass the same stinking mess off as the Protecting the Internet with Early Criminal Eradication Offshore and Safeguarding Homeland Internet Technology bill, more commonly known as PIECEOSHIT.

They don't want to fix the bill, they just want to vote for it when we aren't looking.

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win7fanboi

Absolutely true.

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win7fanboi

There is too much at stake folks, don't stop now. Talk to non-techies and explain the impact this can have. We will need some serious grassroots opposition before it's too late. Support organizations like the EFF if you don't already!

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acidic

my wife said on her facebook 2 days ago, that alot of people were just finding out about all this because it was all over the news or they stated that it "wont affect me." if google, youtube, and facebook got taken off the internet immediately after the bill passed, they would have wondered how and why. im sure that people just learning about all this, were a huge chunk of those numbers but it was almost too late. i just wished that more non-techies would keep up with all the current bullshit dealing with the government on how they want to control the internet like the "great firewall of china"

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Cleaver

"Google told a whole bunch of publications that over 4.5 people signed its anti-SOPA/PIPA petition yesterday."

That's almost 5 people!

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someone87

+1
You beat me to it.

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