Old 01-17-2012   #16
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Let's be honest, the people behind SOPA/PIPA are smart, very smart. They know without a doubt the bill will not put a dent in piracy. The kind of people who pirate and run piracy services are far too smart to be brought to heel by mere legislation and have continued to elude the best efforts of the US and it's lackeys. SOPA/PIPA exists for one reason, to protect an aging and crooked business model, dominated by large corporations who are slowly but surely being eroded by people like you and me. These corporations want to stifle the internet because the internet is the biggest threat to their dominance that has ever existed. For decades, through control of radio stations and television channels, corporations have made bank, but now, all the money in the world can't save them from guys in their bedrooms and home-made studios creating content that is more relevant to the current generation. The variety the big media corporations refused to provide because it "wasn't profitable", is now being provided by hundreds of thousands of amateur, semi-pro and professional independent creators and directors and we're all competing for the most important currency of all, time. The time you spend watching our material is time you don't spend watching theirs. It's money directly out of their pocket that they could have been earning before the internet came along and that's the hilarious thing about this whole deal. Piracy is not what's killing their profits, completely legitimate competition from the internet is. They use the cause of "fighting piracy" as a trojan horse to force through bought and paid for legislation to kill independent content creation for good because they can see the end is nigh for their aging and increasingly irrelevant business model. They know they cannot win legitimately, so they do what they've always done, exploit a corrupt political system to bully and extort their way to what they want.

This is what SOPA/PIPA are really about and that is why you should oppose them. You are standing up for what your generation represents, just as previous generations have done the same on a slew of different issues. As much as those in power would like us to believe we are the apathetic, lazy generation. The truth is we are anything but and that scares the shit out of them.
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Also. I there's supposed to be a blackout today/tomorrow. A few sites are doing it as a way to protest I guess.
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Yeah, Wiki and Reddit seem to be the most prominent ones from what i see.

I wish Facebook did the blackout. Can you imagine how much attention it would get if facebook was replaced for 24 hours with a SOPA message. There'd be literally ~15% of the world talking about it. And talking about it to the other 85% of the world.
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Yea Facebook should have at least put up something like Google. They just blacked out their logo and put a bunch of links to contact your congressman and stuff. I saw like 3 people on my fb post something about SOPA and the blackout. So unfortunately I think a vast majority still have no idea about it.

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All the sites I usually use are on blackout/strike ;_;

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Best one I've seen so far is a Sonic website using the "Wrong Cartridge" screen from Sonic & Knuckles and playing the music from it.
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Yeah, Wiki and Reddit seem to be the most prominent ones from what i see.

I wish Facebook did the blackout. Can you imagine how much attention it would get if facebook was replaced for 24 hours with a SOPA message. There'd be literally ~15% of the world talking about it. And talking about it to the other 85% of the world.
Google should have done it. The internet would be useless.
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If the porn sites joined in on this blackout, shit would go down.
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So, Wikipedia is blocking access to free information in protest against the blocking of access to free information?

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I do feel a little let down that we haven't done anything today, even GTAForums have put up a page to at least draw attention to it.
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Saying SOPA made me think of this song and therefore I've been singing it in my head all day.


And even though Google put something up honestly I feel like most people wouldn't even really get the point. If I was to just type into my search bar the only indication that they are doing anything is the small blacked out logo in the top corner. They should have at least put a big ass page up that you look at before giving you your search results if they didn't wanna go completely out for the day.
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I do feel a little let down that we haven't done anything today, even GTAForums have put up a page to at least draw attention to it.
I proposed a splash page idea in the staff forum. It was 4 for it, 2 against. So the splash page was a no-go, but I posted a quick news bit about it with the wiki links on what it is and how to help.
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Saying SOPA made me think of this song and therefore I've been singing it in my head all day.


And even though Google put something up honestly I feel like most people wouldn't even really get the point. If I was to just type into my search bar the only indication that they are doing anything is the small blacked out logo in the top corner. They should have at least put a big ass page up that you look at before giving you your search results if they didn't wanna go completely out for the day.

Google didn't change for me. Might have been an America only thing.
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