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Old 01-14-2012, 10:57 PM  
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Thumbs up SOPA Bill Dead! White House Nixes

Chalk one up for Freedom of Speech! Today the White House responded to two online petitions calling upon the Obama Administration to reject two bills pending before Congress and the Senate. One of those bills, SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act is apparently dead now. Instead Obama prefers a more narrowly defined act targeting more specific activities.

The White House issued this statement:
"While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet..."


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Old 01-17-2012, 11:15 PM

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The topic thread is incorrect. SOPA is not dead until it either is defeated in the Congress or Obama vetoes it. Obama hinted at a veto, but did not promise it. There is still a very real chance it will be passed.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:52 AM

krozar krozar is offline
Exactly. Until we know the bills are gone we should keep up our vigilance. Wikipedia and Reddit are about to go down in protest.

It is important to protect intellectual property. However, good intentions are often used as an excuse for tyranny. SOPA/PIPA will allow the blocking of Internet sites without due process. We have seen a similar law that was passed in Australia which, according to lawmakers, would block sites that were involved in the harming of children. What happened in reality is that thousands of sites were blocked for political and otherwise unexplained reasons with no accountability. Expansion of government powers outside of due process is a dangerous thing. Proponents argue the importance of protecting copyrights. However, that's really not the issue at hand here.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:16 AM

ThePepsiSyndrome ThePepsiSyndrome is offline
Wikipedia is now blacked out.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:29 AM

 Aerianne Aerianne is offline
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Yep, they have a big black page and explanation now with a link to contacting your elected officials if you want to put in your zipcode:

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Old 01-18-2012, 06:07 AM

ThePepsiSyndrome ThePepsiSyndrome is offline
Google's main page has a big black stripe going across the top of the page. It's blacked out on my Android phone too.

Every single post on all 4chan boards are blacked out.*

*implying that's a bad thing
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:23 AM

 Aerianne Aerianne is offline
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While it has been delayed, SOPA is not dead (just ask SOPA author Lamar Smith). It is entirely possible that SOPA could resurrect once a “consensus is reached.” SOPA must be destroyed while vulnerable.

And presumably, that’s why many sites will still participate in a scheduled blackout on Wednesday, January 18th to protest the legislation.

Update: 12:00 AM January 18 – View Live Protests:
Boing Boing
Here are some of the bigger sites that will officially go dark on the 18th:

Failblog, rest of the Cheezburger Network
Boing Boing
Riot Games
Epic Games
38 Studios
Red 5 Studios
Google will be changing their homepage
Tor Project
iSchool at Syracuse University
Good Old Games
Free Press
XDA Developers

Edit: Erowid.org is also blacked-out.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:00 AM

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Old 01-18-2012, 12:11 PM

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Yet another bill to protect billionaire interests and give the shaft to the common people.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:48 PM

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I know it's a small gesture, but yesterday I posted on my Facebook wall that I will deactivate my account for January 18th as a sign of solidarity with all the companies who are doing the same.
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:14 PM

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Yeah, sorry but I didn't have time to blackout the forums.

We support the protest, but why censor everyone here?

I'd rather see you guys discussing this today. Plus ppl from overseas can't write their congressmen, can they, so why block them with a message to do that?
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