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    SOPA and-Community Innovation

    Sean, your link doesn't work-- i followed the address, hence the post here..

    i agree this bill needs to be stopped-- i already signed the petition.. it will do a better job ruining profitable companies then stopping the piracy that it is supposed to stop...

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    How about all the biggest names doing blackouts! Google, wiki, reddit, etc... I don't like when our gov't tries to "take over" and "control" something that no one owns and is freely made and freely available.

    Besides, after yesterday and today, I heard the bill has not a chance in getting passed now, but we'll see...
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    Quote Originally Posted by detlion1643 View Post
    How about all the biggest names doing blackouts! Google, wiki, reddit, etc... I don't like when our gov't tries to "take over" and "control" something that no one owns and is freely made and freely available.

    Besides, after yesterday and today, I heard the bill has not a chance in getting passed now, but we'll see...
    There's next to no shot that it just falls off the table. It'll be rewritten, probably with more legalese, and be repackaged so that it appears more favorable. As much pressure as the internet community has put on the government, they're receiving just as much pressure from the entertainment industry to come up with a solution which best suits them. Cant let the voice go quiet now!
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    The issue is not SOPA. It's the mentality of these so-called masterminds in power to solve every problem with more government. Every increase in rules and regulations results in a decrease of freedom. And every rules & regulation has a stated purpose that sounds good, and a true purpose that is never very good. Government assures us that new laws will be carried out for the good of society, yet grandma's being strip-searched at the airport. To what end?

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    agreed.

    did you hear about mega-upload getting shut down, or how about sears suing 2 13 year old boys over using the term 'weedwacker' in a internet ad for their lawn mowing business for hundreds of thousands of dollars?


    the law isn't even through yet, and there are already lawsuits about it...

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    SOPA and PIPA don't have anything to do with increased regulation limiting your freedoms. They were an attempt by the MPAA and RIAA to maintain tradional forms of media distribution by lowering the cost of combating piracy. By creating a situation where it was almost ludicrously easy to take down a website (and anyone linked to it), they reduce the time (and money) associated with infringement litigation. Anyone that spent even a minute watching the actual hearings knows that nobody in Congress had any idea what they were talking about. They had been spoon-fed by entertainment industry lobbiests.

    The content providers, and the infrastructure carriers have ZERO interest in a "free and open internet". Since it's very inception, they have tried many differnt means to control and monitize the internet in all its forms. As an analogy, take the iPhone. You pay for the hardware, you get all the software from a "market' and you pay for the bandwidth. Every aspect of the experience is monitized, and to the extent possible, Apple gets a cut of all of it (since the carriers actually pay a LOT more for your iPhone than what they sell it to you for.

    And SOPA/PIPA is just the first round...and not even the worst. Here's round 2: http://www.slashgear.com/sopa-sponso...-247-20210264/

    Ahhhh....now I feel better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGuy View Post
    SOPA and PIPA don't have anything to do with increased regulation limiting your freedoms.
    It by definition increases regulation and limits freedom.

    Take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Do you honestly think this is only about Hollywood? SOPA is not just the first round, it's yet another of a long series of rounds. A few months ago the US Government wanted to impose a "kill switch" on the internet. Do you really believe that was to protect us, we the people?

    Let's put it another way. Under present copyright law, the US Dept of Justice (doing the bidding of the MPAA and others) was able to reach out to another sovereign country (New Zealand) and have citizens (Megaupload execs) of other countries (Finland, Germany) arrested on foreign soil, under charges brought in Virginia against a corporation based in yet another sovereign jurisdictions (Hong Kong). Seems to me the present law is just fine for prosecuting copyright infringement. Why would we need another law?

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