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#16 Buttus

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 15:32

did i read that correctly? They're saying the websites are blacking out for corporate interests? but the MPAA is trying to pass SOPA for corporate interests?


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Posted 18 January 2012 - 15:34

It's a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.


But it's OK if you do it, Chris? Do us a favor and take a short walk off a long cliff, ****ing moron. Sheesh.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 15:50

HAHAHA

Let me say that again

HAHAHA

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 16:05

Best way to get them to notice is to get the review sites like rottentomatoes and the like to shut down, or if they wont boycott them the weekend before a big film opening. The money these guys are using to buy politicians comes from their box office receipts and retail store sales, which comes from, guess who, US! Hit those revenue streams in a coordinated way and watch them reverse their position. And if SOPA gets passed this is what everyone should propose, boycotting theatres, DVD and Bluray sales, online video purchases. Just notice how godaddy folded, hit them where it hurts!!!

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 16:09

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 18:20

https://twitter.com/...#!/herpderpedia

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 18:25

They are just saying this to get people to go against those that are supporting the blackout. This will never work with this lame PR speak. The blackout damage has been done and I hope Congress has heard our cries.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 18:26

The mpaa can f*** off :)

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 18:30

Anyone here pirating stuff can get the f**k out of this thread as you don't have a valid say.

Anyone here opposing the bill but pays for everything 100% legitimately, you may morally have a genuine, valid say.

People need to think about WHY they're opposing the bill before they oppose it.

And btw, 90% of you, if not a higher percentage, need to read the details of the bill, and not just what blogs pick from it.

Not saying I'm for the bill. But a vast majority of internet users who are opposed know jack s**t about it beyond their favourite blog or tech news site has filtered to them, in their own words.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 18:37

Anyone here pirating stuff can get the f**k out of this thread as you don't have a valid say.

Anyone here opposing the bill but pays for everything 100% legitimately, you may morally have a genuine, valid say.

People need to think about WHY they're opposing the bill before they oppose it.

And btw, 90% of you, if not a higher percentage, need to read the details of the bill, and not just what blogs pick from it.

Not saying I'm for the bill. But a vast majority of internet users who are opposed know jack s**t about it beyond their favourite blog or tech news site has filtered to them, in their own words.


You do realize that SOPA affects more than "Pirates" right? It allows companies who feel that work is stolen, or for people who claim a website has stolen something to be able to shut down the site with no warning.. what does that have to do with downloading a movie? If I put a picture of the CN Tower on my website taken from www.cntowner.com my website could be shut down completely (not just picture removed) because CNTower doesn't want me to use their picture.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 18:39

Anyone here pirating stuff can get the f**k out of this thread as you don't have a valid say.

Anyone here opposing the bill but pays for everything 100% legitimately, you may morally have a genuine, valid say.

People need to think about WHY they're opposing the bill before they oppose it.

And btw, 90% of you, if not a higher percentage, need to read the details of the bill, and not just what blogs pick from it.

Not saying I'm for the bill. But a vast majority of internet users who are opposed know jack s**t about it beyond their favourite blog or tech news site has filtered to them, in their own words.


Agreed. Pirates are the cause of this problem and they'd never be trying to pass the bill if not for pirates. Could potentially be the end of the Internet as we know it for the sake of a few free songs. Pathetic.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 18:40

Anyone here pirating stuff can get the f**k out of this thread as you don't have a valid say.

Anyone here opposing the bill but pays for everything 100% legitimately, you may morally have a genuine, valid say.

People need to think about WHY they're opposing the bill before they oppose it.

And btw, 90% of you, if not a higher percentage, need to read the details of the bill, and not just what blogs pick from it.

Not saying I'm for the bill. But a vast majority of internet users who are opposed know jack s**t about it beyond their favourite blog or tech news site has filtered to them, in their own words.


Might help to learn what it is about before you say people don't have a valid reason to boycott it....
And that twitter site shows just how stupid and ignorant the masses are :(

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 18:45

The MPAA/RIAA are a abuse of power, and a complete joke.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 18:46

Anyone here pirating stuff can get the f**k out of this thread as you don't have a valid say.

Anyone here opposing the bill but pays for everything 100% legitimately, you may morally have a genuine, valid say.

People need to think about WHY they're opposing the bill before they oppose it.

And btw, 90% of you, if not a higher percentage, need to read the details of the bill, and not just what blogs pick from it.

Not saying I'm for the bill. But a vast majority of internet users who are opposed know jack s**t about it beyond their favourite blog or tech news site has filtered to them, in their own words.


Anyone has a say, 'pirate' or not. Because this bill fundamentally threatens the free internet. To be realistic, this will do little to stop pirates, they will find ways around it as they always have. What this does is hurt everyone from legitimate end users, to legitimate online businesses and websites. Search engines, and sites with user posted/aggregated content will be expected to spend tons of resources aggressively policing their sites for "copyright violations". This will effect so much more than just pirates.

These bills set a very dangerous precedent. This bill paves the way for blocking entire domains with DNS filtering. As in one user, or a small subset of users post copyrighted content on a site that also serves tons of legitimate content, and the whole domain can get blocked.

And then there is the biggest issue. Who determines what is. and what isn't copyrighted content? Fair use gets thrown out the window. Just think about youtube, no one gets hurt because of 30 second video clips being posted, but the current DCMA system is already heavily abused. Its already common for DCMA requests to be files when the company doesn't even have a copyright for the video, or just because there is some music be played in the background. What do you think will happen when the government can block entire domains? Its not just about those filthy movie or music pirates, anything from images to small video clips can be identified as 'copyright violations'.

Anyone for this bill is either severely misguided or an MPAA/RIAA shill. Sure, piracy is bad, most can agree on that, and we should have legislation to combat it, but it should not be legislation that limits our rights and sets such a dangerous and easily abused precedent.

I am sure some people oppose it for selfish reasons, but what these sites are doing with the black out to spread awareness is a good thing. We can not let the government walk all over us like this just because the masses are so often oblivious and uniformed.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 18:48

Agreed. Pirates are the cause of this problem and they'd never be trying to pass the bill if not for pirates. Could potentially be the end of the Internet as we know it for the sake of a few free songs. Pathetic.

Anyone here pirating stuff can get the f**k out of this thread as you don't have a valid say.

Anyone here opposing the bill but pays for everything 100% legitimately, you may morally have a genuine, valid say.

People need to think about WHY they're opposing the bill before they oppose it.

And btw, 90% of you, if not a higher percentage, need to read the details of the bill, and not just what blogs pick from it.

Not saying I'm for the bill. But a vast majority of internet users who are opposed know jack s**t about it beyond their favourite blog or tech news site has filtered to them, in their own words.

Imagine this. Some years in the future you have a kid who did something funny while you were watching tv, so you grab your phone/camera w/e and upload it to youtube. Inadvertently a tiny bit of "Random TV show" was included in your video, now the publishers for "Random TV show" can shut down youtube because of that.

Google Images will no longer exist since it will inadvertently index some copyrighted content. Sites like Reddit and Wikipedia will be gone, hell Neowin might be in trouble too.

How exactly is this going to stop piracy? The US doesn't have legal jurisdiction in every country of the world (though they sure as hell try), so websites hosting pirated content will just move over to another server in another country (like say China) and there's absolutely nothing the US government can do about it apart from maybe DNS block it in the US (but then ip addresses work).