Sopa doa?...

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  1. paulitician
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    paulitician Platinum Member Supporting Member

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    Let's hope so.


    U.S. legislation aimed at curbing online piracy, which had appeared to be on a fast track for approval by Congress, appears likely to be scaled back or jettisoned entirely in the wake of critical comments over the weekend from the White House, people familiar with the matter said.

    The legislation, known as SOPA in the House of Representatives and PIPA in the Senate, has been a major priority for entertainment companies, publishers, pharmaceutical firms and many industry groups, who say it is critical to curbing online piracy that costs them billions of dollars a year.

    The legislation is designed to shut down access to overseas websites that traffic in stolen content or counterfeit goods.

    Internet companies have furiously opposed the legislation and have ramped up their lobbying efforts in recent months, arguing the legislation would undermine innovation and free speech rights and compromise the functioning of the Internet.

    Some Internet advocates have called for a boycott of any companies that support the legislation, and several popular websites, including community-edited encyclopedia Wikipedia and the social media site Reddit, have vowed to black out their sites this Wednesday in protest.

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    Lets hope so. Otherwise people that run political boards such as this one, where debate happens, and dissent is rampant with less then honorable comments regarding the US government. Could get shut down! Sure would suck if the person that owns this site was to be arrested by the military under NDAA because of an opinion that someone put up.

    But hey, this is America. It would never happen here.
     
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    waltky Wise ol' monkey Supporting Member

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    SOPA blackout has some affect...
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    Internet community cheers power of protest
    19 Jan.`12 - Score one for tech geeks up in arms.
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    Internet Blackout Has US Lawmakers Thinking Twice
    January 18, 2012 - Some of the most popular sites on the Internet have gone dark, part of a protest that appears to be making some inroads with U.S. lawmakers on Web piracy measures.
     
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    By no means is this dead, there is too much money behind it. It will be back.
     
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    I truly hope that this effort fails bit this is neither the first attempt or the last and it will likely pass in the near future. Look at the DCMA, that passed. The funny thing is that no matter how hard they try and stop piracy, the end result is a near zero net effect in actually preventing it. A lot of government control without a reason.
     
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    editec Mr. Forgot-it-All

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    I expect that if the cannot get their way with a bill OPENLY telling us, they'll insinuate their will into RIDERS on bills that must be passed.

    Let's just hope the same BIG CAPITAL that opposses this kind of control continues to pay attention and can alert us when they try..
     

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