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SOPA and What It Means for You



In case you haven’t seen what the #1 and #5 (english versions) most popular internet sites on the web are up to today; here’s a brief FAQ from Cnet on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and what it means for anyone that uses the internet.


Google SOPA
Google's petition to tell Congress to not censor the web
Look who's supporting and opposed to SOPA and draw your own conclusions. What companies do you align yourself with? In essence it seems Hollywood and the Music businesses are pissed about people stealing their stuff and hosting it on websites off-shore where they are powerless to stop it. Is this just an excuse to start censorship on the internet or a foot in the door for the U.S. government to start making more money through regulation? 

Wikipedia SOPA
Even not for profit Wikipedia is on the block SOPA bandwagon



Editors Notes:

Obama Says So Long SOPA for now. 

Reddit is Offline with more FAQ and ways to petition (till 8pm EST).




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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:18 AM
Glad to see my local congressman Darrell Issa is against this "California congressman Darrell Issa, who has been opposed to the bill from the beginning, praised the Internet action that has swept like a virus across the Web the past week." from Forbes
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:39 AM

From The Oatmeal...LOL
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:50 PM
Come on Aaron, those billions don't even touch what the movie and music industries are really worth. We just need to shut down half the internet so they can get whatever and however much they want :)
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:34 PM
Exactly Bruce :) hard to feel sorry for Hollywood but they are smart they can figure out other ways to make money without censoring the internet. If more decent movies were made I'd buy them.
Dusty Duster
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:48 PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:42 PM
Wish this kind of awareness was going on with the NDAA...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:46 PM
+1 on NDAA INFO...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 7:01 PM
Glad to see MotoIQ taking a stand!

A free and open internet is!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:47 PM
Seeing as almost all of the content on here is generated by you guys, this is one of the few sites I don't fear losing should this blasphemous bill pass.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 6:32 AM
I hear lots of talk about how this is bad to have SOPA and PIPA pass. I agree that they are stupid, but what is the answer? How do we stop idiots from stealing?
We have been educated. That's what the blackout was about. But now we need answers to how to fix this issue.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 8:09 AM
@jeffball - I can proudly say I've never used a torrent to download a movie or song illegally. That's not to say I'm squeaky clean but I don't accept copied DVD's anymore and the Napster days are long gone. If I want a movie or song I pay for it. Bloated rich or not I have nothing against someone making money for their hard work. If I like something I'll pay for it. If I see my kids doing it in the future I'll threaten them by using their college funds to pay for any fines for stealing and cut off their internet.

On the other hand the whole format switch that is happening more frequently all the time is simply madness. I have purchased my last version of Star Wars on DVD years ago. No extra scenes version, no Blueray edition, no 3D version when those come out. Voting with my dollars is about the most powerful thing I can do.

I don't think anyone should be worried about Hollywood, the MPAA, GoDaddy or any of the other companies supporting SOPA. They will figure out ways to keep making money or they will go bankrupt like any other business. Avatar still made over a billion with all the illegal copies going around. Bands have to tour if they want to make money.
Dusty Duster
Dusty Dusterlink
Thursday, January 19, 2012 11:33 AM
I'm a musician, a photographer, and a freelance journalist. I no longer steal media, of any type.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:08 PM
@ Dusty - Good point about the photos; it's one reason we watermark our pictures with our logo. I can't count how many times we've found folks who have stolen Kojima's work over the years and republished it as their own on the internet.
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