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01-12-2012, 08:54 PM #1
A FULL day Without the Internet!!
ONE FULL DAY WITHOUT FACEBOOK and GOOGLE and WIKI and TWITTER and many other sites!
This is what it comes down to!
SUPPORT THIS or this kind of outage WILL BECOME PERMANENT if SOPA passes!!
Even a site like Movie-List can be shut down permanently by the US Government without a trial, without a court order, without due process just because someone posted a photo or a youtube video that the Government decides it violates copyright law.
Or a site like YouTube can be shut down because someone uploaded a home video of their child karaoke singing a copyrighted song and they didn't get permission from that song artist to upload it to the internet!!
here's the complete text of the bill which pretty much gives the U.S. Government CARTE BLANCHE to VIOLATE your right to free speech, free expression and regulate the FREE OPEN INTERNET
01-12-2012, 09:18 PM #2
It is rare that I going to second j7Wild's entusiasm, but this issue is serious. Here is a simple youtube explanation of the bill before the US congress called SOPA (aka Stop Online Piracy). It significantly risks censoring our favorite site - Movie-List! It features seem to me to be very close to China's internet policy.
(youtube.com/watch?v=ahvmFL5Ra68 -direct video link)
Think this is the rumblings of a few conspiracy theorists? Reddit, a service with 8 million users, is planning a 12 hour black-out in protest.
I'm am decidining to support a total internet blackout on Jan 18th, to stand with Reddit. Please jump on board. Politicians pay attention only to people in numbers. Use the power of the free market to prove that this matters to people.
If you use social media, there are a number of graphics people are developing to post on your pages. I will be changing mine to reflect these for this one day.You will give the people of earth an ideal to strive towards...they will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall, but in time they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders. - Man of Steel
01-12-2012, 10:43 PM #3
it's a bunch of traitorous no good Congressmen and Congresswomen who are getting financially bribed by the RIAA and MPAA to pass this law!!
it's time to vote them out of office; let them know what it's like to be unemployed!
01-19-2012, 04:34 AM #4
I hear the protest was a success
it's all over the regular news sites too
but the fight is not over, SOPA can still pass
thank you J-P for shutting down M-L for a day!!
01-25-2012, 10:58 AM #5
01-26-2012, 10:06 AM #6
I emailed my local senator and this is the response I received:
Dear Mr. Deangelis:
Thank you for contacting me about the PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (S. 968). I share your concerns regarding this legislation, and I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this important issue.
The PROTECT IP Act of 2011 was introduced in the Senate on May 26, 2011, in an effort to counter the increasing number of websites, often foreign, dedicated to selling counterfeit pharmaceuticals, pirated copies of movies, music and other stolen property. While I appreciate the intent of this legislation, and believe that Congress should exercise its constitutional authority to protect Americans' property rights online, I have concerns that certain provisions of the PROTECT IP Act could lead to unintended consequences, including breaches in cybersecurity, damage to the integrity of the Internet, burdensome litigation, and dilution of First Amendment rights.
In response, on January 13, 2012, I along with several of my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote to Majority Leader Harry Reid expressing our concern that the PROTECT IP Act was moving too quickly. We argued that it was necessary to hear from experts and build consensus before moving forward with this legislation. On January 20, 2012, Majority Leader Reid complied with our request and announced the indefinite postponement of scheduled votes on the PROTECT IP Act.
I appreciate having the opportunity to represent Texans in the United States Senate and you may be certain that I will oppose any legislation that will censor the Internet or otherwise infringe upon an individual’s First Amendment rights. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
United States Senator
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2934
Fax: (202) 228-2856
01-26-2012, 10:07 AM #7
Dear Mr. Deangelis:
Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (the PROTECT IP Act, or PIPA). The parallel, but not identical, legislation in the House of Representatives is H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). I welcome your thoughts and comments.
I did not cosponsor this legislation. By letter, e-mail, and telephone call, thousands of constituents like you have highlighted the potential pitfalls in the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who was a strong supporter of PIPA, has withdrawn the bill from Senate floor consideration. I agree with this decision. Although there are legitimate issues to be addressed regarding so-called internet piracy, I believe that several provisions of the current legislation need to be clarified or revised.
Protecting intellectual property is more challenging than ever before. For example, high speed broadband enables access to the entire catalog of movies, music, books, television, and technology. These protections should not censor free speech, nor should they hinder innovation.
Online promotion of counterfeit goods by foreign entities is also a growing concern. Assessing how to protect copyright, patent, and intellectual property rights — and doing so without infringing on consumers’ legitimate interests — requires dealing with a complex series of problems.
Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind should this bill or related legislation be reported to the floor for action by the full Senate. I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
01-26-2012, 12:05 PM #8
I had contacted my senators and congressional representative (for the international folks - every US state has two senators, and everybody lives in a district of US House of Representatives).
Turns out California's senators were co-sponsers of the bill. They both recieved massive campaign contributions from the entertainment industry. Luckily though, one senator had strong connections to Silicon Valley, and agreed to meet with reps from facebook and google.
Everything surrounding the laws postponement does prove that democracy works, but people have to speak loudly enough and in one voice.
02-01-2012, 11:10 AM #9
another STUPID USELESS BILL by LAMAR SMITH, the same MORON who was trying to push SOPA through
this has nothing to do with "Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act!"!
It has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH IT! THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXCUSE FOR THE US GOVERNMENT AND BANKS TO SPY ON LAW ABIDING US CITIZENS AND KEEP TRACK OF WHAT WEBSITE THEY VISIT AND HOW THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY ON THE INTERNET AND WHAT THEY BUY!!
Sign the petition here:
03-19-2012, 10:29 PM #10
this means that you can be accused of copyright infringement while using your internet service the RIAA (recording industry association of America) or the MPAA (motion pictures association of America), without trial and due process and then be banned from accessing the internet by your internet provider at the request of the RIAA and MPAA: AT&T, Time Warner Road Runner, Verizon, etc etc Your ISP will ban you without even asking for evidence and you won't get your day in court; just a hear say from the MPAA and RIAA is enough to get you banned. Furthermore, remember the RIAA is the same people who's been suing people for Music Copyright violation over the years - people who don't even own a computer or have an internet connection!!
04-26-2012, 09:28 PM #11
I GUESS NO ONE HERE CARES THAT YOUR ISP, YOUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER: AT&T, VERIZON, COX, TIME WARNER, COMCAST, CHARTER, CLEAR, ETC ETC ETC WILL BE ALLOWED TO FREELY TURN YOUR INFORMATION, PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL, OVER TO THE US MILITARY AND THE NSA AND THE CIA AND THE FBI WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION AND YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO BE CHARGE IN A COURT WITH ANYTHING AS LONG AS THEY SAY YOU ARE A THREAT TO THE GOV'T OR YOUR ARE A TERRORIST! IT PASSED IN THE HOUSE AND IT'S NOW GOING TO THE SENATE! OBAMA SAID HE WILL VETO IT IF IT PASSES IN THE SENATE BUT I WOULDN'T BET MY MONEY ON IT. HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO VETO THE NDAA (THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT) WHICH GIVES THE U.S. MILITARY THE POWER TO ARREST U.S. CITIZENS IN THE UNITED STATES JUST BASED ON RUMORS AND HEAR SAY FROM ANYONE THAT YOU ARE A TERRORIST. ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT CISPA TO PASS? FACEBOOK'S MARK ZUCKERBERG SUPPORTS CISPA WHICH MEANS HE CAN AT ANYTIME TAKE ALL YOUR FACEBOOK INFO AND EVERYONE WHO IS YOUR FRIEND AND FAMILY IN YOUR FACEBOOK CIRCLE AND GIVE THAT INFORMATION TO THE U.S. MILITARY AND THE NSA AND THE CIA AND THE FBI ANYTIME THEY FEEL LIKE IT!! YOU POST SOMETHING CRITICIZING THE PRESIDENT? YOU ARE TERRORIST! SO If CISPA WAS TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW, YOUR INFO WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE AUTHORITIES AND YOU CAN EXPECT HEAVILY ARMED GOONS BREAKING DOWN YOUR DOOR IN YOUR SLEEP!!
05-17-2012, 07:23 AM #12
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