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SOPA Blackout Aims To Block Internet Censorship Bill

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risingfalls
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So if haven't seen/heard or caught up with reality, you better read this. SOPA aims to block internet censorship and if you haven't went to google yet, there is a black square located on top of googles logo.

What do you think? Should they pass this law?


Thousands of websites, including some of the most popular, are going dark today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill which is designed to thwart copyright infringement but that Web experts warn could threaten the functionality of the Internet.

Encyclopedia giant Wikipedia, popular news-sharing site reddit, browser pioneer Mozilla, photo-sharing favorite Twitpic and even ICanHazCheezburger.com are blocking access to content throughout Wednesday, symbolizing what the bill may allow content creators to do to sites they accuse of copyright infringement. Other websites, including Google, are expressing solidarity with the protests by featuring anti-SOPA content on home pages.

The online protests are being joined by a physical demonstration in New York City, where thousands of representatives from the city's tech industry plan to demonstrate outside the offices of Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), co-sponsors of the Senate version of SOPA, beginning at 12:30 p.m. As pressure has mounted, both have expressed willingness to compromise.

SOPA would give both the government and major corporations the power to shut down entire websites accused of copyright infringement with neither a trial nor a traditional court hearing. The legislation is aggressively backed by Hollywood movie studios and major record labels, along with several major news providers, including Fox News and NBC-Universal, which have largely shied away from coverage of the bill.

The burst of opposition to SOPA and its Senate companion, Protect IP (or PIPA, for short), has caught many lawmakers, who thought they were endorsing a fairly non-controversial anti-piracy bill with strong corporate support, off guard. Senate co-sponsors of the bill regrouped on Tuesday, huddling in the Capitol with major industry backers of the bill.

In December, HuffPost reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a Protect IP co-sponsor with deep ties to both Hollywood and the technology industry, thought disputes between two of her most prominent corporate constituencies had been worked out. After that story ran, Feinstein attempted to broker a compromise, calling both tech companies and film studios.

Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Bob Iger declined the invitation on behalf of content providers. "Hollywood did not feel that a meeting with Silicon Valley would be productive at this time," said a spokesperson. The meeting took place with only tech companies present. Feinstein, once a reliable vote for the existing version of Protect IP, is now working hard to amend the bill, according to Senate Democratic aides.

But finding common ground is more difficult in this case than in most intra-corporate squabbles, because the two sides -- or powerful elements within them, at least -- have largely irreconcilable world views. One senior Senate aide said that the technology side consistently refuses to specify precise changes they want to the bill. Indeed, improving the bill would be counterproductive if the ultimate goal is killing it outright -- which it certainly is for many elements of the anti-SOPA coalition.

"That's a high-stakes risk," said the senior aide, "because if they don't have 41 votes, then what?"


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Across
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The private organizati­ons that back these measures are behaving completely against their long-term interests. They should have adopted a new business model around internet disseminat­ion of their products a long time ago, but even though they peddle creativity­, they don't possess any. What do record and movie producers think would happen to their products and artists if they didn't catch fire on the internet? It's only because of the internet that new generation­s of fans have connected with and revived the popular bands of 30 or 40 years ago. And why would you demand payment on a piece of music or movie when that will limit the number of people who consume it and therefore don't view the ads attached to it on websites and therefore forego music festivals and product tie-ins?

DragonSeeker
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I really hope they do not shut down the internet SOPA or whatever it's called. It's no point into it. I mean, didn't they try to do this last time and it wasn't successful?

Sgt. Pepper
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They already took down megaupload as the copyrights were so sufficient. Ha, the government is already moving as planned, but I doubt that anything serious will happen, lots of business will lose money, and rating if this happens.

Across
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Sgt. Pepper wrote:They already took down megaupload as the copyrights were so sufficient. Ha, the government is already moving as planned, but I doubt that anything serious will happen, lots of business will lose money, and rating if this happens.

Uh? seriously? I use always go there to upload files and etc.

Sora
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Dear heavens, now what are we going to go to when if they close down foreign sites we get news from? even square-enix could be in danger.

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spice
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SOPA is also coming to canada, but.....

I'm still concerned they're going to unintentionally legislate the ability to take down mainstream newspapers based on spurious claims. Copyright doesn't just apply to music you know.

But if they create some SOPA clone, it'll be a lot easier to fight it. Unlike the states I can just present an argument to my parents and inlaws and ask them to withhold funding to the CPC. And I can withdraw funding to the NDP if they dare support this. Thankfully that would mean that I can personally cause the loss of more campaign contributions than the chief lobbyist can donate in Canada. Lol.

nova
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I don't think they will stop for us. Even if we sign petitions they have money which leads to power and that will lead to over downfall.

Angel
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SOPA has been suspended indefinitely.

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Sgt. Pepper
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They have also took down media fire and megavideo for movie sharing, also in the process they are trying to get rid of tumblr.

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