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SIGN THE PETITION, STOP THE BILL NOW. (Thread)

I don't think someone has made a thread yet, so here you go: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-internet-control-bill-now


Boingbong.com says:

"By far two of the most dangerous and harmful bills introduced today, not only to US citizens but to the entire world, are Protect-IP and SOPA, proposed censorship systems for the internet based on the interests of the entertainment industry. It sounds ridiculous, especially because you probably haven’t heard of it before, but they’re very real.

The MPAA, RIAA, Hollywood knows that they have been flying in CEOs of as many companies as possible, recruiting people to get petition signups at malls in California, and here’s the big point— they know they have gotten their message through to Congress — the worst bill in Internet history, the one where government and their corporations get unbelievable power to take down sites, threaten payment processors into stopping payment to sites on a blacklist, and throw people in jail for posting ordinary content is about to pass before the end of this year. The only thing that is going to stop Hollywood from owning the Internet and everything we do, is if there is a big surprise Internet backlash starting right now.

PROTECT IP (S. 968)/SOPA (HR. 3261) creates the first system for Internet censorship - this bill has sweeping provisions that give the government and corporations leeway and legal cover for taking down sites “by accident,” mistakenly, or for NOT doing “enough” to protect the interests of Hollywood. These bills that are moving very quickly through Congress and can pass before Christmas aim to give the US government and corporations the ability to block sites over infringing links posted by their users and give ISPs the release to take any means to block peoples’ sites, including slowing down your connection. That’s right, some say this bill is a workaround to net neutrality and is bigger.
than net neutrality."

eff.org says:

"And this is how it will affect you:

Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go: despite all the talk about this bill being directed only toward “rogue” foreign sites, there is no question that it targets US companies as well. The bill sets up a system to punish sites allegedly “dedicated to the theft of US property.” How do you get that label? Doesn’t take much: Some portion of your site (even a single page) must

◦be directed toward the US, and either
◦allegedly “engage in, enable or facilitate” infringement or
◦allegedly be taking or have taken steps to “avoid confirming a high probability” of infringement.
If an IP rightsholder (vaguely defined – could be Justin Bieber worried about his publicity rights) thinks you meet the criteria and that it is in some way harmed, it can send a notice claiming as much to the payment processors (Visa, Mastercard, Paypal etc.) and ad services you rely on.

Once they get it, they have 5 days to choke off your financial support. Of course, the payment processors and ad networks won’t be able to fine-tune their response so that only the allegedly infringing portion of your site is affected, which means your whole site will be under assault. And, it makes no difference that no judge has found you guilty of anything or that the DMCA safe harbors would shelter your conduct if the matter ever went to court. Indeed, services that have been specifically found legal, like Rapidshare, could be economically strangled via SOPA. You can file a counter-notice, but you’ve only got 5 days to do it (good luck getting solid legal advice in time) and the payment processors and ad networks have no obligation to respect it in any event. That’s because there are vigilante provisions that grant them immunity for choking off a site if they have a “reasonable belief” that some portion of the site enables infringement."


In short, if you don't sign this, sites such as Tumblr, Twitter, even mspaintadventures.com (I'm talking to you Homestuck fans out there), etc will be shut down. Even shorter version? We're gonna become like China if not enough people sign it.

Don't you touch my MSPA

I'm so skeptical about this. But I'll sign anyway cause I'm paranoid at the same time.

Just signed
If the government takes over the internet, theyll sensor almost anything

I've yet to see a petition that's managed to change the minds of the greatest source of hot air that is the US government.

On the other hand, half a million angry Canadians through petitioning just managed to get our telco regulator today to grow a pair and stop pandering to the big telecom companies for once in their lives, so you never know.

I want to see @Acostoss in here =w= OR @Pato/@Nandaba

China.... Last time I went back there, I couldn't access Youtube, fuckfacebook, NND, and hell, at certain times of the day, even Google.

I'm signing this shit.

@Momimochi LOLOL They also banned DeathNote cause kids were getting wrong ideas of writing in names of the people they hated into their own books. Go figure.

I doubt it will ever happen. If it does, I blame you Midwest America. It is all your fault...

Oh yeah. I remember hearing about that. Back then, I laughed.

UPDATE: 123k/150k

I'm starting to have hope now.

ohoho, I just found that Canadian IPs could also be affected by this. Signing.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/10/senate-to-vote-on-net-neutrality-repeal-today-obama-counters-wi/

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE- http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/rr162/Hunterkiller1369/girl-anime-happy.gif

This bill cannot be passed! I will sign!

Well, we've got 141k/150k.

If anyone's wondering. //runs off and finds somewhere else to lurk

man its things like this that realy piss me off with out gameing and music the internet would be just anime and porn am i right brothers and sisters?

I wasn't going to post in this thread, but it seems that @sl350 has left me no choice.

This isn't a bill to turn of the internet. This isn't going to kill your flash games or Youtube. Google is a rich ass motherfucker. Do you know how hard if would be to shut down Facebook or any popular site that makes a fair share of money? The government runs on money and is controlled by money, these sites are %100 immune.

The bill aims at sites such as download sites, torrent sites, illegal streaming sites (such as animefreak, animeseason, etc), manga reading sites, etc. Anything that violates copyright in frequency and is illegal. Because many of these popular sites, such as demonoid.me, exist outside US jurisdiction, the US government seeks to censor them via our own internet providers.

However, said sites can still be visits with an IP address and opens up an entire realm of horrible possibilities to the greedy and wicked members of our government. Silencing such sites as occupytogether, protest sites, petition sites, anything unsavory to the government or corporations. Small sites and competitions can be wiped out and ignored with incredibly efficiency.

The problem is not "WAAAAAAH. I WANT TO WATCH ANIMU AND THE GOVERMENT IS TAKING IT AWAY". It's that voices are being silenced. That something as free and user dictated as the internet could be controlled by big brother, or turned into one giant corporate domain. It's like taking a majestic unicorn and tying it to a post in a petting zoo.

This problem is bigger than facebook. It's bigger than juvenile bitching about not being able to break the law at leisure. It's the idea of our internet being CENSORED, something that only happens in dictatorships and governments with something to hide from it's people. SOPA takes the 1st amendment and spits in it's face in FAVOR of corporations and the ignorance of the people.

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@VivoDePyre Amen.

I signed it as well.

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