I just heard about these bills and read that they will send anyone to jail for a max of 5 years. This is if you access any content which is copyrighted more than 10 times in a 6 month period.
Well there you go supposed "Mr Big Government Obama" just quashed it by saying we will veto the bills. He just secured my vote.
Marisa, that's what I was wondering. So if I "watch" (not UPLOAD) an illegal film online, then does that count? If so, it's stupid that they have to go after the DOWNloaders when technically it would be the UPloaders who committed the crime. This just doesn't make any sense.
If you hate these bills, then vote for the one candidate who openly fights against them: Ron Paul.
I'm not to sure that he would fight them since he tends to uphold the Constitution.
SOPA is a violation to a user's rights for the internet. We sure as hell don't need a babysitter for what we do here, remember this is supposed to be "free". As for the copyrights, let us not read deeper into what they are after here.
If you want to make you voice heard, sign the many petitions circulating the web to instill your voice and freedom.
I'm not sure if this blackout today is going to do anything. Most members of Congress are still using telegrams anyway. Maybe if a bunch of porn sites decided to do a blackout protest they would get the attention of politicians.
I think the black out did have an affect. It did get a lot of coverage on the news, and I'm sure a lot of people signed the petition that was posted on Google.
I'm personally strongly opposed. These bills make it frighteningly obvious how little most members of Congress know about the internet and how susceptible they are to manipulation by wealthy corporate interests. SOPA and PIPA won't do a thing to stop piracy, but they'll sure as hell make life difficult for web startups, and even behemoths like Facebook. All you need to do is get one person to post a link to a piracy site somewhere on a website and you can get the whole thing shut down. Can't tell me that won't get abused, especially when you have the idiots at the RIAA going after teenagers and little old ladies with fines in the five figures if they've so much as been in the same house as a computer with pirated music on it.
Hopefully the blackout will bring the danger of these bills to the attention of casual internet users, though I'm pretty disappointed with Twitter and Facebook's decision not to do anything.
by Michele Travis 6 years ago
So, what will happen next. Obama said he is against both bills. Congress had wanted to pass both of them. Obama killed SOPA at 3:30 this afternoon. What is going happen with IP?http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngaudios … gislation/
by David 470 6 years ago
I heard that Wikipedia is going to close down it's site because it does not agree with the bills that Congress is trying to pass.I also heard that other sites such as reddit are going to close down too, in effort to protest bills Congress is trying to pass or something.
by GoldenBird 6 years ago
SOPA and PIPA are two proposed laws that will enable copyright holders to accuse websites which hosts pirated content. Wikipedia, in protest, will blackout English Wikipedia for 24 hours. Should Internet be free and open worldwide?
by Michele Travis 6 years ago
The internet censorship bill is about to be passed. A lot of web sites are going to shut down between 8am and 8pm. Wikipedia is one of them. Here is just one of the linkshttp://www.stopthewall.us/?gclid=CLWlw6 … KgodfyKimghttp://www.stopthewall.us/?gclid=CLv7zt …...
by Rod Elmore 6 years ago
Are you relieved that the SOPA and PIPA were were dropped? Do you think we can hold-on this freedom? What are your thoughts?
by paradigmsearch 6 years ago
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